Comfort food is meant to be quick and easy to prepare, full of carbs, and stick-to-your-ribs good! When I think of homey food I reach for pasta dishes like lasagna (when I am not in a diet). The problem is traditional lasagna is not a fast meal to make and it typically requires lots of prep and cleanup. Boiling the noodles, making meat sauce, and assembling the layers is usually time consuming and by the time it is fully cooked and out of the oven…I’m too tired to eat it! And OH MY GOODNESS the gooey cheesy baked on mess to clean after you have eaten enough carbs to put a horse to sleep is enough to turn the suppose comfort food into a kitchen nightmare! However, I have a little secret to tell you. Lasagna does not have to be complicated. In fact, the delicious dish can be made in half the time and in a skillet!
Being I am a simple kind of gal, one pot meals are a favorite in our home, especially lasagna! After testing out several various recipes for skillet lasagna, I came up with my own version by tweaking the ingredients to suit my taste and texture. Some recipes were too saucy and messy while others ended up being overly dry and starchy. I guess everyone has their own individual taste, but I think you will like this recipe! It holds together, is not a blazing mess, and tastes the most like classic lasagna without the 2 hour wait! Plus, who doesn’t love a one pan cleanup, right?
The pan I used in the recipe is an 11″ stainless steel deep pan with NO PLASTIC parts. I pop the skillet into the oven for 30 minutes to fully bake the lasagna. It is important to make sure the pan you use is oven safe to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can use a pound of whatever meat you decide to in the recipe, but make sure you remove it from the casing if it is Italian or turkey sausage. Removing the casings lets the garlic and seasoning absorb better into the meat and the sausage is less chewy. Also, drain as much grease from the meat as possible. I put mine in a strainer for a minute and it does the trick!
- 43 ounces canned crushes tomatoes (from a 28-ounce can and a 15-ounce can).
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound Italian Sausage, casings removed
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- Fresh basil to garnish (optional)
- 2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 box (12 ounces) no-boil lasagna noodles
- 2 cups Kraft Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese blend
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In large11 inch deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for one minute.
- Add in 1 pound of Italian sausage (casings removed), season with half the salt and pepper and cook, breaking it up with wooden spoon until browned and fully cooked. Drain excess grease.
- Pour in crushed tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring tomatoes, broth, and meat to a boil. Season with Italian seasoning, onion powder, and red pepper. Reduce to a simmer and cook on medium until thickened for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally (you should have about 6 cups of meat sauce).
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together egg yolk, ricotta, parsley, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
- Carefully pour meat sauce into a medium heatproof bowl and add 1 cup to skillet; spread sauce evenly over bottom of pan.
- Add a single layer of noodles, breaking them up to fit.
- Top with half the ricotta mixture, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with ½ cup shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese blend.
- Follow with another layer of noodles, then 2 cups meat sauce. Add a third layer of noodles, then remaining ricotta mixture and ½ cup more of cheese Follow with a final noodle layer, then remaining sauce. Sprinkle top with the remaining cheese blend and Parmesan cheese.
- Bake lasagna until golden and bubbling, approximately 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
- Serve with garlic bread (optional).
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