I came across this recipe in the most serendipitous manner...on my way to work going 50mph I saw some trash blowing across the road...it got stuck to my car and I could hear it fluttering all the way to work. When I got out of my car I found a piece of newspaper stuck to my front grill. I took it off and what was it? A torn out page from a week old newspaper that has 4 yummy sounding recipes! Wow. I feel obligated to post them now. This one sites: Cook's Illustrated.
- 1⁄2 lb lean ground beef
- 1⁄2 lb ground lean pork
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄4-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- salt, to taste
- 6 ounces curly-edged regular lasagna noodles, 8 noodles broken into 2-inch pieces (do not use no-boil noodles)
- 1 (26 ounce) jar pasta sauce (about 3 cups)
- 2 cups water
- 1⁄2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- ground black pepper, to taste
- 3⁄4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
- 1⁄4 cup fresh basil, minced
- Cook meat in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat, breaking it into pieces with a wooden spoon until fat renders, 3-5 minutes. Drain.
- In the skillet stir into the meat, garlic, red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp salt and cook over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Sprinkle broken noodles into skillet, then pour in tomato sauce and water so that it covers the noodles (you may need to add extra water if noodles are especially dry).
- Cover and cook, stirring often at a vigorous simmer until noodles are tender, about 20 minutes.
- Turn off heat, stir in half of the mozzarella and half of the parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Dot heaping tablespoons of ricotta over the noodles, then sprinkle the remaining cheeses.
- Cover and let stand off heat until cheeses melts, 3-5 minutes.
- Sprinkle with basil before serving.
Hubby RAVED about this dish! Said it was way better than hamburger helper and he still loved it after I told him I snuck in whole wheat lasagna noodles instead!!
If I had known it was this easy to make a lasagna, I would have been doing this sooner! Great dish to add in whatever you want. I used all ground beef and decided that next time I will mix some chopped spinach into the cheese.
Made only one change and it was only to the pasta used. Since it's near to impossible to break lasagna noodles in nice pieces, I substituted mafalda past - they look like mini-lasagna noodles. Other than this, I followed the recipe and it turned out so good! Thank you so much!