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Lasagna. A classic Italian dish that evokes comfort, warmth, and cheesy goodness. But traditional lasagna recipes often involve pre-boiling noodles, adding an extra step to the process. Fear not, busy weeknight chefs! This recipe utilizes the magic of no-boil noodles, streamlining the process without compromising on flavor.

Ingredients:

Barilla No-Boil Lasagna
Barilla No-Boil Lasagna

1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef (or Italian sausage)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 (10-ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 (9×13 inch) box oven-ready lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

    2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.

    3. Add ground beef (or sausage) to the pan and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Drain any excess grease.

    4. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    5. In a separate bowl, combine ricotta cheese and a sprinkle of salt and pepper (optional).

    6. Spread a thin layer of meat sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with a single layer of no-boil noodles.

    7. Dollop ricotta cheese mixture evenly over the noodles. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers with remaining sauce, noodles, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese, ending with a layer of mozzarella cheese.

    8. (Optional) Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top for a crispy golden crust.

    9. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the lasagna is bubbly and the cheese is golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

    Nutrition Facts:

    (Per serving, based on 12 servings)

    Calories: 520

  • Fat: 28g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 650mg
  • Carbohydrates: 48g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Protein: 30g

  • Please note: These are approximate values and may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Conclusion:

    This no-boil lasagna recipe is a delicious and time-saving way to enjoy this classic Italian dish. With its simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, it’s perfect for busy weeknights or casual gatherings. So ditch the pre-boiling step and whip up this lasagna recipe for a satisfying and flavorful meal!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I substitute ground turkey or chicken for the ground beef?

    Absolutely! Lean ground turkey or chicken can be used as a healthier alternative in this recipe.

    2. What if I don’t have ricotta cheese?

    You can substitute cottage cheese that has been drained for excess moisture.

    3. My lasagna isn’t bubbling after baking. Is it done?

    The lasagna should be hot and the cheese should be melted and golden brown on top. If you’re unsure, insert a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, the lasagna is done.

    4. Can I freeze leftover lasagna?

    Yes! Let the lasagna cool completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

    5. How can I make this recipe vegetarian?

    Omit the meat and use vegetable broth instead of beef broth in the sauce. Add additional vegetables like chopped mushrooms, spinach, or zucchini to the sauce for extra flavor and texture.