11 February 2008

Skillet Lasagna the One "Pan" Meal..it will have you "Hooked" :D

Skillet Lasagna
This is another one of those "go to" recipes that I rely upon quite heavily for ease of preparation on busy weekdays. I don't know of anyone personally who does not like pasta. I usually have some homemade pasta sauce ready and waiting in my freezer, but, don't always have the time to spend more than a half hour in the kitchen at most during the week. Skillet lasagna is a one pan meal that can be made quickly and easily. I have 3 jobs in case I haven't mentioned it already before..wink....wink.. Throw together a salad and you are set for a quick and hearty meal!!

The recipe is also open to changes....whatever you have on hand. This time around I started with sauteed onion and garlic and added some mushrooms. I always love the addition of the spinach and the ricotta cheese....although sometimes I substitute cottage cheese. To make this dish I use a pasta called Mafaldine. It looks like thin strips of lasagna noodles and adds a unique texture to the dish. It's ridges allow the sauce to cling to the pasta for a more central flavour in each bite. Depending on the thickness of my homemade sauce it is sometimes necessary to add water or a mixture of water and tomato juice in order for the pasta to cook properly.

Serves 6
If you are looking for a one pan meal head on over to Meeta's Monthly Mingle. This month the theme is One Pan Dinners.....so this is perfect :D for the event at What's for Lunch Honey?


**Skillet Lasagna**

Basic Starter Recipe:

8 oven-ready lasagne noodles (in this case Mafaldine)
1 pkg chopped spinach
1 lb lean ground beef
3 cups pasta sauce (your choice or homemade)
1 cup partly-skimmed ricotta cheese
1 cup (4 oz) pizza shreds ( a blend of mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan and Romano cheeses) or other shredded cheese blend of your choice

Place skillet over high heat. Add beef and cook breaking up clumps with a wooden spoon,
about 3 minutes until no longer pink. Add pasta sauce and ½ cup water and bring to a
simmer.

Add noodles and spinach to pan. Cover and simmer 5 minutes (10 minutes if using Mafaldine), stirring.

Dot with spoonfuls of ricotta cheese, then sprinkle with cheese shreds. Cover, reduce heat to
low and cook 3 minutes until cheese melts.

Remove from heat; serve from skillet.


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30 comments:

  1. Yummm...can't wait to try this. I have always made the from scratch, takes way to long type of lasagna but this is way more up my alley!

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  2. That looks like a great quick meal, Valli! What a cute pasta shape!

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  3. Val ,the dish does look fabulous and I like the word "easy".

    I'll bookmark this for when I want a lasagna but no time on hand.

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  4. With my husband's injury, this looks like the perfect quick meal to keep him happy! Thanks!

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  5. What a great idea! You're like Rachael Ray.
    Don't hit me!

    Did you come up with this idea yourself? I've never heard of it before.

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  6. What a brilliantly speedy lasagne fix for mid-week. I love the oven-baked version, but it does take so long, doesn't it? And is it just me, or does it use every single pan in the kitchen?! Your version is one I really must try soon - thank you for sharing it.

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  7. wow, I love lasagna, but never heard of a skillet version:) looks great!

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  8. I saw these particular noodles at our local Italian grocers Emeline and thought it would make great pan lasagna. I can't say it is totally my idea because I have seen many similar goulash type recipes.It sure is quick though :D Yumm-O....wink...wink...I'm not as perky as Rachel Ray...wink...wink...

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  9. This is another dish to bookmark. I always make a pasta dish when I'm short of time and we will eat any kind of pasta.

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  10. Perfecto! We all need these quick alternatives to time-consuming well-loved dishes like lasagna. It looks so wonderfully hearty in the photo too.

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  11. This is so smart, I don't know why I never thought of it!

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  12. This looks really tasty. I'm always on the lookout for easy dinners. I spend all day baking and forget to plan an actual meal. :-)

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  13. Making a lasagna in a pan sounds like a quick way to enjoy lasagna.

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  14. Yay! We've been paired together for Taste and Create. Now it comes the difficult part of deciding what recipe to pick. There are so many and they all look delicious!

    This would be a winner I know, but I will go check your archives :D

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  15. Thanks Ben :D I have my dish from your blog all picked out. I love this event :D

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  16. Looks quick and easy--the perfect thing for the middle of the week (and agreed, everybody loves pasta)! I just so happen to making lasagna this evening from an assortment of leftovers...

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  17. Valli this looks delicious, and so much easier than typical stove-destroying lasagna. Have you thought to enter it in Meeta's "One Pot Dinner" Monthly Mingle?

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  18. Thanks Heather...consider it done :D

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  19. I like this skillet version...now why didn't I ever think of it :) Thanks!!! Have to try it..

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  20. This is genius. I am definitely going to be trying it. Tanks for sharing.

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  21. Ai, ai, ai, Val; I just had lunch and now seeing this wonderful pasta I'm mouthwatered... looks sooo good!!!

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  22. Oh wow! Val this looks simply delicious. I love the way it all comes together in one pan. Perfect for the MM! Glad you joined us!

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  23. I've never seen Mafaldine before, but now I'll be looking for it! What a great way to get dinner on the table quickly--pasta is a year-round favorite at our house!

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  24. This looks fantastic!!!! i have a hubby who doesn't like cheese or pasta! So having lasagna is really just a restaurant experience for me these days.

    how many portions does this recipe make?

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  25. This makes enough for 4 RuthEBabes

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  26. Thanks Bellini! I look forward to making this!!!

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  27. hey bellini.....ur lasagna looks delicious! however being a veggie what can i substitute the beef with?

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  28. hey bellini,

    Also can u add me to ur blog list? my blog is http://iyengarskitchen.blogspot.com

    will reciprocate too!

    thanks
    Veda

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  29. I love Italian food and especially lasagna! I love this simpler versian. It looks incredible.

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