16 September 2009

Recipe: Worlds Easiest Homemade Lasagna



From Denny: Found yet another great recipe for lasagna that is simple. This one has pesto in it, a real favorite of mine. This is also kid friendly and convenience oriented. Who said fast food had to be boring? Not this gem of a tasty recipe! Besides, we love Italian dishes at our house so you can never have too many versions of lasagna recipes (or chocolate ones either).

From Atlanta Journal-Consititution: To streamline the cleanup, we've devised this recipe using mostly ingredients that come in pre-measured containers that can be tossed away once emptied.

Hands on time:
Total time: 30 minutes
Serves: 10

Ingredients:

1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
1/4 cup prepared pesto
2 (28-ounce) jars (about 6 cups) pasta sauce
1 (8-ounce) box (12 pieces) no-boil lasagna noodles
4 cups shredded Italian cheese blend

Instructions:

In a bowl, combine the ricotta and pesto. In a 13-by-9-inch microwavable casserole dish, spread about 1 1/4 cups pasta sauce. Top with 3 pieces uncooked noodles in a single layer. Noodles shouldn't touch each other or touch the sides of the pan since they will expand as they cook.

Dot with 2/3 cup of the ricotta cheese mixture and spread evenly with back of the spoon. Spread another 1 1/4 cups of the pasta sauce evenly over ricotta, covering noodles completely. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup of the shredded cheese.

Lay 3 more pieces of noodles on cheese, spread with another 2/3 cup ricotta, another 1 1/4 cups sauce and 3/4 cup shredded cheese. Add another 3 pieces noodles, remaining ricotta, 1 1/4 cups sauce and 3/4 cup cheese. Reserve remaining shredded cheese. Top with last 3 noodles and cover with remaining sauce.

Cover with microwavable plastic wrap and microwave on high for 13 to 15 minutes, turning twice.

Remove from microwave, carefully remove plastic wrap and sprinkle with reserved cheese. Replace plastic wrap, return to microwave and cook on high for 3 to 4 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly. Remove plastic and let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

Notes:

When layering the ingredients, there's no need to be a stickler for measuring; so long as you can eyeball the approximate amounts given, you can save yourself from washing a single measuring cup.

If you can't fit a 13-by-9-inch pan in your microwave, an 11 1/2-by-8-inch pan should work. Just don't overfill the pan when you get to the top layers and break the noodles to fit. Barilla makes no-cook lasagna noodles that work well in this recipe.

Nutrition:

Per serving: 333 calories (percent of calories from fat, 54), 18 grams protein, 20 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 20 grams fat (11 grams saturated), 64 milligrams cholesterol, 267 milligrams sodium.
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