Tuesday, February 21, 2017

What's For Dinner: One-Skillet Lasagna

You just need one skillet to cook up this delicious lasagna dish.


One-Skillet Lasagna || A Less Processed Life

I love lasagna, but I don't love that most recipes take over an hour to bake and make enough servings to feed a small army. As much as I love leftovers, I don't want to eat the same thing that many times in a row.

One-Skillet Lasagna || A Less Processed Life

That's where this recipe for skillet lasagna from America's Test Kitchen comes in. It totally fit the bill for my ideal recipe – around 30 minutes to make and just enough extra servings for a few lunchtime leftovers during the week.

One-Skillet Lasagna || A Less Processed Life

I've been watching my dairy intake (urgh, spring is coming!), so I went a little light with the cheese, but it would be even better smothered in even larger scoops of ricotta cheese. (When does cheese not make things even better?)

One-Skillet Lasagna || A Less Processed Life

And, at only 30 minutes, this recipe is completely compatible with weeknight cooking, and a hearty dinner will be on the table in no time.

One-Skillet Lasagna (printer-friendly version)
makes 4-6 servings 

28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small white onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1⁄8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound 90% lean ground beef (I used ground venison, you could also use half ground beef and half pork)
5 curly-edged lasagna noodles (not no-boil), broken into 2-inch lengths
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
freshly ground black pepper
5 tablespoons part-skim ricotta cheese, divided
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil

1. Add the whole peeled tomatoes and their juices to a food processor and process until no large pieces remain; about 12 pulses. Set aside.
2. Heat the olive oil in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the minced onion and salt and saute until golden; 5-7 minutes. Stir in the pressed garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink, breaking it apart into small pieces with a spoon as it cooks, about 5 minutes.
3. Place the broken lasagna pieces over top the meat, making a single or double layer. Pour the processed tomatoes over top the noodles. Cover, and increase the heat to medium-high. Simmer vigorously for about 20 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
4. Turn off the heat and stir in half of the shredded mozzarella cheese and half of the grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add heaping tablespoons of ricotta cheese over the noodles, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cover and let stand until the cheese has melted, about 3 minutes. Scatter with minced fresh basil before serving.

(adapted from this America's Test Kitchen recipe)

One-Skillet Lasagna || A Less Processed Life

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