When we say easy, we mean easy. You don't even have to cook the noodles for this speedy yet impressive lasagna that always gets rave reviews. Lasagna is a family favorite, but this version is extra-special because it only requires 5 quick ingredients: ground beef, pasta sauce, lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, and shredded mozzarella (we don’t count the water!). It’s rated 5 stars for a reason. Pro tip: Make a double batch: Enjoy one now and freeze one for a quick meal on a busy weeknight.
1 pound lean ground beef
4 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce
6 uncooked lasagna noodles
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup hot water
How to Make It
Cook beef in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Stir in pasta sauce.
Spread one-third of meat sauce in a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish; layer with 3 noodles and half each of ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. (The ricotta cheese layers will be thin.) Repeat procedure; spread remaining one-third of meat sauce over mozzarella cheese. Slowly pour 1/4 cup hot water around inside edge of dish. Tightly cover baking dish with 2 layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Bake at 375° for 45 minutes; uncover and bake 10 more minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Classico Tomato & Basil pasta sauce.
This dish pairs well with green beans, mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, salad, or an assortment of roasted vegetables. One could swap out the beef for chicken or sausage, or one could replace red sauce with white sauce. Additional cheeses could also be added. When entertaining guests, this could be served with the classic bread and salad combination.
Not to be rude, I am thankful for your input, but next time you write a review, (And I assume others will feel the same.) That you use correct grammar and punctuation marks so we can understand truly what you are a tempting to say. Also, please try to stay away from using un-necessary information in reviews, because the fact of that you are not the best cook does not give any important information to the reader. But thank you for your opinion, it's helped decide if I would like to make this for my mother and I! (: Have a pleasant day.~Sky.
Hi Skylar,Not to be rude, but the next time you review a comment, I hope you remember the saying, "When you assume, you make an ASS out of yoU and ME!". I disagree with you. I think Lala29's review included pertinent information. I would like to know the skill or comfort level of a cook, especially since I'm a novice myself. I'm also lazy in the kitchen, so to hear the recipe was easy made me happy and more likely to try it. As a side note (I realize this is unnecessary information), I found it ironic you chided Lala's grammar when yours was not correct either.Have a pleasant day,Tiff
"This is great because it's one package or jar of each ingredient -- no waste." Uh, what?? Sauces don't come in 32 oz. jars. Lasagna noodles don't come in packages of six. Mozzarella cheese doesn't come in 10 oz. packages. I'll give you the ricotta cheese. Yipee.