Quick & Easy Lasagne

So I absolutely love lasagne. What I don’t like is how time consuming it can be if you want to make everything from scratch and use noodles you have to boil. When I worked at a pizza shop years ago, we also made this awesome lasagne that was quick and easy and can be customized to your liking. The trick is to use oven ready lasagne noodles. My favorite are Barilla oven ready noodles. I used Kroger brand because they were on sale, but I’ll probably stick with Barilla in the future because three per layer fits perfectly in my 9″x13″ inch casserole dish. So I’ll give you the instructions as if you were using Barilla noodles.

INGREDIENTS

  • Barilla Oven Ready Lasagne Noodles (also available gluten free in some stores)
  • One jar of your choice of pasta sauce
  • 32 oz of assorted cheese (I used mozzarella, an Italian cheese blend, and Parmesan)
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Italian Seasonings

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400F.
  2. Take a 9″x13″ casserole dish and spread a thin layer of pasta sauce on the bottom. If you are going to make the lasagne with vegetables and/or meat, cook them now and mix them into the remaining sauce. Take three Barilla noodles and spread an even layer of ricotta on each. Sprinkle with Italian seasonings. Spread an even layer of pasta sauce over the ricotta. This will be slightly uneven if you used meat and/or veggies, but that’s okay. Top the layer with your chosen cheeses.
  3. Repeat step 2 for the second layer.
  4. For the third layer, skip the ricotta cheese step. Pour the remaining sauce over the top and spread it evenly and then top with cheese. I usually sprinkle a little more of Italian seasoning on the very top. You can make this with more layers, but you may need more sauce and cheese.
  5. Cover the casserole dish with foil. Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Uncover for the last few minutes to let the cheese brown a little on top.

When it’s done, cut and serve with whatever sides you want. We usually just do simple with some garlic bread and a salad. The great thing about lasagne is that you can personalize it however you want. You can use homemade sauce or store bought. You can use tomato sauce or Alfredo. You can add Italian sausage, ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken. You can add some spinach, onions, bell pepper, or any other veggies you think might taste good in lasagne. So play around with it. It’s hard to go wrong with lasagne.

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Sloppy Joes Recipe – Kids Friendly Dinner in Under 20 Minutes

Trying new things that all of my kids will actually eat is a rare feat. Some weeks we eat way too much mac and cheese because I know the kids will eat it and we are in a hurry to fit in dinner, baths, and play time with dad since he doesn’t get home most nights until 7 or so. I always loved sloppy joes as a kid and I found this recipe that was similar to how my parents made them and decided to give it a try. I left out the bell pepper because I didn’t have any on hand but I’ll be trying it with bell pepper next time to see if it’s as big of a hit. I’ll give you an update then.

The original recipe says it takes about 40 minutes but it only took me 20-30. I was going to do carrots or salad to go with it, but my fridge got too cold and froze both. Go figure.

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Sloppy Joes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tspn yellow mustard
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tspns brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and green pepper; drain off liquids.
  2. Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

COMMENTS

  • So like I said, this didn’t take a full 40 minutes for me. You could easily let it simmer for less time and still end up with a great sloppy joe.
  • I used lean ground turkey instead of beef. We don’t usually have beef in our house unless we are doing steaks or a stew.
  • This recipe has a LOT of room for experimentation. Add cheese, top with sauteed peppers and onions, substitute some of the ketchup for bbq sauce. Add a little more sugar or mustard. We like to scoop the extra sloppy joe mixture with potato chips and eat it that way. So play around with it and see what your family likes best.

Have you tried out this recipe? Post how it went in the comments!

Original Recipe Found Here