Lasagna is Ryan’s number 1 favorite meal, but I never make it because it usually requires so much prep work and always leaves a huge mess to clean up. The other day Ryan was working from home so I decided to take advantage of that and go to the grocery store during Liam’s nap. I always take Liam with me when I go shopping so I guess I didn’t realize how much less stressful it is to not bring him. I was actually able to look around instead of running through and just grabbing the usual essentials! When I got to the pasta aisle I noticed the box of Barilla no boil lasagna. Being an Italian I was a little hesitant to try a pasta that you did not need to boil, but I gave it a chance. Finally decided to bust it out and give it a try.
I would love to give you a detailed recipe but I don’t cook like that. I’m an eye baller type of cook. I just throw in a dash of this and that and taste as I go. It’s the Binetti in me! But here are the basics…
You will Need:
Favorite Pasta Sauce
1lb browned ground beef (I like to throw in garlic salt, parsley, and oregano while browning)
Part skim Ricotta cheese
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Thinly sliced mozzarella.
Frozen chopped spinach (always try to throw a green in there!)
Preheat to 400
Spray glass 9×13 baking dish. I like to use PAM Olive Oil spray
Combine 2 cups ricotta, 1 cup shredded mozzarella, thawed spinach and seasoned browned ground beef in a bowl
Put 1 cup of sauce on the bottom of the pan. Spreading evenly .
Put three of the lasagna noodles on top of sauce
Spoon on and spread ricotta mix.
Layer with sliced Mozzarella
Repeat 3 times (I know this seems like a lot of cheese, and that is because it is. My boys like it cheesy! )
Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes
Take foil off and let cool for 5, unless you like it mouth burning hot!
All I had to clean up from the prep was the skillet, mixing bowl, and measuring cup. It was amazing!
This was just so easy! Perfect for busy families or nights that you want a quick homemade meal! I paired Liam’s with salad w/ Italian dressing and grapes. Liam may not look Italian but he can eat like one!!
In fact, I have been trying to teach him a little Italian. He clearly says Mangia, Grazie, and Ciao! Eat, Thank You, Bye. Pretty much all you need to know in Italian.
Both Ryan and Liam had second helpings! Love making food that they love!