Monday, February 28, 2011

Easiest Lasagna EVER

mmm... in all its gooey, cheesy glory...

I assembled 2 large pans of this lasagna in less than10 minutes. I am not kidding. An hour in the oven and it was done. NO pan...and you use regular noodles that you can find anywhere. In fact, the store brand noodles work best, as they are generally softer in texture which works perfectly for this method. 

Just for the record, I am 100% Italiana and I can attest it is delicioso!

Super Easy Lasagna

1 16 box regular lasagna noodles, preferably store brand
2  28 or 32 oz jars pasta sauce ( I like Classico or Barilla Tomato-Basil, or our Costco has a brand called "Victoria" which is fantastic)
1 lb Whole Milk ricotta
2 lbs grated mozzerella
1-2 cups grated parmesan cheese--depending on your cheese preference.
2 tsps ground nutmeg
salt, pepper to taste

1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry, optional
1/2 lb frozen mini-meatballs, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Pam your can use disposable aluminum pans or glass lasagna pans. Mine are stoneware and measure 10 x 15".

Put about 1 cup of sauce in the bottom of each pan and layer dry noodles on  top one deep.
This is the general layout of the noodle layers

Now big spoonfulls of ricotta on top of the noodles and spread. If using spinach, layer on top of the ricotta. Now about 1/2 cup of the Parmesan, the nutmeg, and a little salt and pepper. Cover this layer with another layer of noodles. Now sauce, mozzarella, and another layer of noodles, and finally sauce*. (You will use one whole jar of sauce per pan) *If you are using the meatballs, scatter them over the top, before you spoon the sauce over.

 Pour 1 cup of water over the top.(Use the tomato sauce jar to get every last drop of sauce out) Now cover tightly with foil and place in oven for 1 hour, or until noodles are tender when poked with a knife. Remove from oven, take off the foil,  and cover with remaining mozzerella and parmesan cheese, return to oven 5 minutes or until fully melted.

Let lasagna rest in pan for about 10 minutes before cutting into squares. (if you can wait that long) Serve and swoon!

Make it a Great Day (make some lasagna!)
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  1. My poor family just settles for ready-made lasagna which I buy from the frozen aisle then put in the oven. This one looks easy enough that I can experiment on. Thanks for sharing :) Btw, I'm your newest follower and I'm hoping you'll choose to follow back.

  2. This one sounds like a wonderful recipe to try. Thanks


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