I know it’s been a week since I blogged but hopefully this picture will make up for it!
This delicious dish is skillet lasagna and it’s absolutely insanely yummy. Now I have to give credit where credit is due. My friend Marc (hi Marc!) is quite the foodie himself and always shares these amazing photos of the dishes he cooks. When he posted similar photos of this dish on Facebook, I just had to get the recipe. It’s quick and simple and the perfect comfort food for these chilly Fall days.
~ Here’s what you will need ~
1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 lb meat loaf mix (a combination of ground beef, pork and veal)
10 lasagna noodles broken into 2-inch pieces
1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
Fresh ground black pepper
1 cup of ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons of fresh basil, chopped
~ And here’s what you do with all of it ~
1) Pour the diced tomatoes with their juices into a 4-cup measuring cup and add water until the mixture reaches 4 cups.
2) Heat oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook until the onions begin to brown, about 6-8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the ground meat and cook, breaking apart the meat, until no longer pink.
3) Scatter lasagna noodles over the meat but do not stir. Pour the diced tomatoes with their juices and the tomato sauce over the noodles. Cover the skillet and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium low and let it simmer until the pasta is tender, about 20 minutes.
4) Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in all but 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper and dot with heaping spoons of ricotta cheese. Cover for a few minutes, then finish by sprinkling fresh basil and the remaining Parmesan cheese.
5) Take a fork and dig in! You can also serve it on a plate if you want to look more civilized!
[All photos are my own and not to be used without permission]