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This simple lasagna is perfect for when you're short on time, but craving a comforting meal. Ready in just over an hour, it requires only 50 minutes of cooking in the oven.Extra-lean ground beef (which sometimes cooks up dry) works well here because it's combined with marinara to keep it moist. For a quick and easy variation, feel free to use 9 whole lasagna noodles instead of 6 broken noodles, using 3 noodles per layer. You also can sub fresh basil leaves for the parsley sprinkled on at the end.   

Ann Taylor Pittman
Recipe by Cooking Light October 2014

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Brian Woodcock; Styling: Claire Spollen

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
16 mins
total:
1 hr 6 mins
Yield:
Serves 6 (serving size: 1 piece)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375°.

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  • Combine ricotta, 2 ounces (about 1/2 cup) mozzarella, 2 tablespoons parsley, butter, oregano, 1 garlic clove, and egg; set aside.

  • Place ground beef in a large non­stick skillet over medium-high heat; sprinkle with peppers and remaining 4 garlic cloves. Cook for 9 minutes or until beef is browned, stirring to crumble; drain. Return beef mixture to pan; stir in marinara sauce, and remove from heat.

  • Spread 1/2 cup meat sauce in bottom of a broiler-safe 11 x 7–inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cut bottom third off each noodle to form 6 long and 6 short noodles; cut short noodles in half to form 12 pieces. Arrange 2 long noodles along outside edges of dish; arrange 4 short noodle pieces along center of dish.

  • Top noodles with 1 cup meat sauce. Top with 2 long noodles and 4 short noodle pieces, all of ricotta mixture, and 1 cup meat sauce. Arrange remaining 2 long noodles and 4 short noodle pieces on top. Spread remaining meat sauce over top noodles. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 4 ounces (1 cup) mozzarella cheese and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Cover with foil coated with cooking spray.

  • Bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until bubbly.

  • Preheat broiler to high. (Keep lasagna in oven.)

  • Broil lasagna for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and sauce is bubbly. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons parsley; cut into 6 pieces.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

378 calories; fat 15.3g; saturated fat 6.8g; mono fat 6.3g; poly fat 1g; protein 27g; carbohydrates 30g; fiber 3g; cholesterol 92mg; iron 1mg; sodium 591mg; calcium 395mg.
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