Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Skillet Lasagne for the Busy Cook

The day goes by so quickly and before you know it, the family is getting hungry and saying, "what's for dinner?"  Well, I have come up with a quick version of one of our family's favorite--Lasagne.

Lasagne, which is the actual name of the wide-shaped pasta and is probably one of the oldest types of pasta.  Typically, the dish is layered with several sheets of these wide noodles with a filling of meat, cheese, veggies and sauce.  I've made it several times in this manner and even in roll-ups, but this version goes together so quickly that it's my "go-to" dish when I'm busy.

Skillet Lasagne

6 sheets of Lasagne
1-32 oz. jar of marinara sauce (I love Raos!)
1-14oz pkg of veggie sausage, ground turkey, or sausage
1-8 oz carton of Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
1 cup grated Mozzarella or Fontina Cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup chopped spinach (I used frozen, about 1/2 of a 10oz pkg)--you don't need to squeeze out excess moisture because it's beneficial for cooking the lasagne noodles!
Or 1 Zucchini, grated


To begin, brown the meat of your choice in about 2-3 T olive oil in a 12-inch/2-inch high sauce pan.  Remove to a small dish.

Next, start layering:
Add 1/3 of the jar of the marinara sauce to the pan, then take 3 of the lasagne noodles and break in 2-inch pieces.
Spoon 1/2 of the Ricotta Cheese over top of the lasagne noodles.

Then, 1/2 of the sausage and 1/2 of the spinach.
Top with 1/2 of the Mozzarella Cheese.
Press this first layer down slightly, using a rubber spatula.  Repeat the layering, finishing off with adding the last 1/3 of the marinara sauce.  Top with Parmesan Cheese.

Place a lid on top and cook over medium low heat for 35-40 minutes.  Every 15-20 minutes, use the rubber spatula to push the mixture towards the center, so any liquid forming will sink to the bottom again.  This step resembles how you cook an omelette!

Use the point of a small knife to check if lasagne noodles are cooked--it should slide easily into the noodle.  Remove lid and cook 5 minutes more to remove any excess moisture.

Serve with a side salad and maybe some garlic bread and you have a complete dinner without much fuss and better yet, without much clean-up--1 pan!  

Spoon up the lasagne and watch your family dig in--Enjoy!

13 comments:

  1. A super comforting and delicious dinner! Bet everyone came back for the 2nd helping!

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  2. What an easy and great meal idea!!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  3. This looks delicious. Love one pot meals!

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  4. I can vouch for how delicious this lasagna is! You made it for us on one of your visits but you grated fresh zucchini instead of the spinach. It's a very versatile, easy dinner. I love your beautiful card!

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    1. You're right! You can do 1 grated zucchini instead of the spinach. I added that above:-D

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  5. This looks super easy and wonderful!

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  6. Oh yum! I am going to pin and I am going to try it soon. I'll get back to you!

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  7. I must try your skillet lasagne, it sure looks great! xo ♥

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  8. Oh yes, yes!! Thank you for this great recipe! Making me hungry now!

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  9. YUM! will try this recipe!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  10. Just made this with layers of eggs noodles instead of the lasagna noodle sheets. It was real good!

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  11. Hi Susan, I hope all is well! Thanks for your comment on my recipe. First post for me in 2016. Yes, I am a little tired of blogging these days. I see you are still going strong. That's wonderful! We also love Lasagne. I love your addition of the spinach. Great idea! Hugs Kirsten

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  12. I haven't had lasagne in ages... that looks great!

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