It’s rare that I actually “cook” during the work week because I have done my freezer cooking on the weekend. I typically reheat or crock pot only during the week. However, I found a delicious skillet meal that was not only easy, but met my time limit of twenty minutes to the table. I particularly enjoyed this version of the recipe since I added my own frozen pesto cube from the summer gave it a real zing. I also loved the red pepper that pumped up the flavor. Although, with four kiddos, two under the age of seven, I’ll just add the red pepper to the adult’s serving in the future. I think the little ones thought it was a bit spicy.
I modified the original Pop Sugar recipe with meat to a meatless version and left out the water, but feel free to add your own cooked ground beef or sausage for extra kick, but it does add 5-7 minutes more cooking time. I’d follow the original recipe if you’re thinking of adding meat. Next time, I think I’ll throw in some of our freezer meatballs or pepperoni to the kid’s version. We loved this recipe with a big kale salad on the side and garlic bread. Dinner in 20 minutes; I can tackle on a work night especially when hubbie does the dishes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup onions, diced
- 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce (I used my homemade marinara)
- 1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon red chili flakes, optional or use less
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 6-8 lasagna noodles, broken into squares
- 1/2 cup ricotta or cottage cheese (I used cottage)
- 1/4 cup mozzarella
- In a large skillet set over medium heat, add garlic and onions saute until transparent.
- Add pasta sauce, crushed tomato, water, red chili flakes, and oregano. Stir the mixture and then bring the sauce to a simmer. Add lasagna noodles and cover completely with the sauce. Let cook for 15 minutes or until the noodles are soft.
- Add ricotta or cottage cheese to the lasagna and stir gently to mix into the sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella on top and sprinkle with basil. Cover and let sit for 5 more minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.
P.S. The leftovers were more amazing the next day. I love lasagna the next day once the flavors have developed and the kale salad was tastier since the leaves had more time to wilt. Oh so good, I’ll be making this again!
Do you make lasagna on weekdays?