Easy Weeknight Lasagna: No-Boil Noodles For The Win!

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Lasagna – a classic comfort food that evokes images of melty cheese, rich sauce, and perfectly cooked noodles. But for some, the traditional recipe with boiling noodles can feel a bit daunting. Fear not, fellow lasagna enthusiasts! This recipe utilizes the magic of no-boil noodles, creating a delicious and hassle-free lasagna experience.

Ingredients:

Barilla No-Boil Lasagna
Barilla No-Boil Lasagna

1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef (or your preferred ground meat)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 (9×13 inch) box no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with olive oil.

    2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.

    3. Add the ground beef to the pan and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned. Drain any excess grease.

    4. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Stir in the oregano, basil, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and pepper. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

    5. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and beaten egg. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    6. Now for the fun part – assembling the lasagna! Spread a thin layer of sauce over the bottom of your prepared baking dish. Top with a single layer of no-boil noodles. Don’t worry if they don’t perfectly cover the entire pan, you can break some noodles to fit the space.

    7. Spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture over the noodles. Top with half of the remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with half of the shredded mozzarella cheese.

    8. Repeat the layering process: noodles, ricotta mixture, meat sauce, mozzarella cheese.

    9. Cover the lasagna loosely with aluminum foil. Bake for 30 minutes.

    10. Remove the foil and increase the oven temperature to 400°F (200°C). Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.

    11. Let the lasagna cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    This recipe yields approximately 8 servings. Please note that these are estimations, and actual nutritional values may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Calories: 500

  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 600mg
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Protein: 30g

  • Conclusion

    This no-boil lasagna recipe provides a delicious and convenient way to enjoy this classic dish. The combination of flavorful sauce, creamy ricotta cheese, and melty mozzarella cheese is sure to please everyone at the table!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I substitute another type of cheese for the ricotta cheese?
    Yes, you can! Cottage cheese, cottage cheese mixed with ricotta, or even mascarpone cheese can be used as a substitute.

    2. What can I do if I don’t have no-boil noodles?
    If you can’t find no-boil noodles, you can use regular lasagna noodles. However, you will need to pre-cook them according to package instructions before assembling the lasagna.

    3. Can I make this recipe vegetarian?
    Absolutely! Simply omit the ground meat from the recipe and add an extra cup of chopped vegetables, such as mushrooms, zucchini, or spinach, to the sauce.

    4. How can I make this lasagna ahead of time?
    You can assemble the lasagna completely and cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking. When ready to bake, preheat the oven and bake for an additional 30-45 minutes, or until heated through.