If I could pick one food for my last meal on this Earth...it would be lasagna. (Maybe chicken pot pie....but, probably lasagna!) I love lasagna. I can't tell you how happy I was when my middle little one chose my lasagna as her birthday dinner a few years ago! She hates food...literally...so, if she chose my lasagna...it has to be good, right? I thought I would share my "chosen" lasagna recipe today. It's really a quick and easy comfort food--that works well for those fall potlucks and PTO dinners!
We may receive slight compensation from affiliate linking within our posts. However; we only link to items that we use and recommend in our recipes.
Ingredients for Our Quick and Easy Lasagna Recipe
9 Lasagna Noodles, Prepared for Baking
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 1/2 Pounds Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
1 Medium Yellow Onion, Diced
1 c. Chopped Fresh Mushrooms
1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder or 1 Clove Garlic
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
4 c. Marinara Sauce (I use Del Grosso Pasta Sauces...every time. Sometimes I choose the Organic Garden Medley or the Tomato Basil--or use the traditional meat sauce. The brand has a wonderful base flavor that works well for the lasagna.)
Cheese Filling Ingredients
1/3 c. Parmesan Cheese
2 c. Ricotta Cheese or Cottage Cheese (I use Michigan Cotage Cheese because of its Ricotta-like texture)
12 oz. Shredded Mozzarella or Italian Cheese Blend--with 1/2 c. reserved to sprinkle over the top of the layered lasagna.
1 Egg, Beaten
Instructions for Making our Quick and Easy Lasagna Recipe:
Prepare the sauce. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a LARGE nonstick skillet or dutch oven. Crumble the ground turkey or ground beef into the heated
oil and cook until the meat is cooked through. Add the chopped
onions and mushrooms to the meat and continue cooking until the
vegetables become tender (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper..and cook for
another 1-2 minutes. Stir in the pasta sauce, bring to a boil--then reduce the heat and allow to simmer (stirring occasionally) for around 30 minutes. Set aside.
Prepare the cheesy lasagna filling. Place the cottage
cheese (or ricotta cheese) in a large mixing bowl. Add in the Parmesan
cheese and the mozzarella or Italian blend cheese and combine well. Mix in the beaten
Assemble the Lasagna. Preheat oven to 350 F. Begin by
spraying a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Add 1 1/2 cups
of the meat sauce to the bottom of the pan and spread evenly. Make a layer of
three noodles. Then divide the remaining sauce into thirds and the
cheese filling in half. Layer 1/3 of the meat mixture and 1/2 the cheese
filling next over the noodle layer. Be sure to spread each layer
evenly. Follow with a second layer of noodles, another layer of meat
sauce, and the remaining cheese filling. Follow again with a layer of
noodles and top with the remaining meat sauce.
Bake and serve. Bake the lasagna covered at 350 for 30 minutes.
Uncover, top with 1/2 c. shredded Italian or Mozzarella cheese reserved--and
return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is
melted. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before cutting into squares.
*Busy Mom Tip: These are super easy to prepare ahead of time and send to PTO or Athletic Banquet dinners with baking instructions--or even bake and carry in as you can probably fit 4 in your home oven! I would certainly use these for those athletic "team meal" hosting obligations. Simply build them in disposable, aluminum baking pans and bake according to directions. Add salad and crusty bread--and you have an easy meal.