Oh boy, the end of the school year is HECTIC! Between recitals, rehearsals, parties, field trips, doctors appointments, and haircuts on top of regular activities, music lessons, and the like…our schedule is just nuts right now. If you’re at all feeling my pain, then I am sure you can appreciate this super easy lasagna recipe that might even be enough to feed your family for more than one night in a row. Plus, we all know lasagna is a crowd-pleaser and no one has time for picky eater complaints right now as well, right? LOL. I hope this helps make the last week (or two) of the school year a little easier for you. Enjoy!
Easy Peasy Classic Lasagna
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage (mild or hot)
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 25 ounce jars your favorite pasta sauce
- 1 box whole-wheat lasagna boiled according to package directions
- 1 15 ounce container ricotta
- 1 8 ounce block mozzarella shredded
- freshly grated Parmesan (optional garnish)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a large skillet, cook the beef and sausage together over medium heat. While cooking, break it up with a spatula until brown all the way through, 5 to 6 minutes (can add a little olive oil to start if you prefer, but not necessary). Season with salt and pepper. Drain the fat and stir in the pasta sauce.
- In a rectangular baking dish spread a third of the meat sauce on the bottom. I like to jiggle the dish for one nice even layer. Cover with one layer of cooked lasagna noodles (I boil them first, even if the box says not to).
- Then add half the ricotta in dollops over the top. Sprinkle half the shredded mozzarella, then repeat with more sauce, noodles, cheese, noodles, and then the remaining sauce. Top with grated Parmesan if desired. Just to summarize, this is the order in the baking dish...from the bottom to the top:> Meat sauce (bottom)
> Meat Sauce
> Meat sauce (full coverage over noodles)
> Parmesan (if using, on top)I find this type of list helpful because at the very end the order switches to end with sauce on top covering the noodles. Otherwise the noodles will dry out when baking.
- Cover with foil and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until bubbly and heated all the way through. Remove the foil, turn the broiler on high, and bake for another 3 to 4 minutes until any cheese on top is golden brown. Let cool slightly and serve.