Lazy Day Lasagna is a one dish wonder that from start to finish has everything you need to put a smile on your face.
Lasagna is one of those perfect comfort dishes. It has the creamy blend of the 3 cheeses, tomato zing of the sauce, and the heartiness of the meat packed all in one lovely little 9 x 11 dish. It is on my win-win list because you only need to dirty one pan and one baking dish to make this Italian delight. In addition, because this dish is so filling and tasty you will have leftovers and this dish freezes wonderfully. Lasagna is also a great make a head dish for potlucks and gatherings. However, I think my favorite reason to make this dish is that after you put the lasagna in the oven, you have a one full hour of downtime to get other things done. (I’m all about multi-tasking)
I remember my mom slaving in the kitchen all day long to make her signature tomato sauce and even the lasagna noodles from scratch. It was all day process, delicious but painful. Back in the day, we had to boil the lasagna noodles first. Why did we even do that? I think over the years we have realized that with a few short cuts you can have an equally wonderful meal on the table and no one is the wiser. Did you know that you can have this dish prepped and cooked in 1 hour and 15 minutes and you will have enough leftovers to freeze for another lazy day meal?
Every day someone views the picture of “Bam’s Studded Onion” the first step in creating Grandma’s homemade tomato sauce so here it is again for your viewing pleasure.
Here are some secrets to my mom’s homemade baked lasagna with some of my built-in shortcuts for busy people…
1) Don’t bother cooking the lasagna noodles first. Just increase lasagna cooking time in oven with aluminum foil over top to cook noodles.
2) Always prepare extra “Grandma’s Homemade Tomato Sauce” and keep in freezer for special occasions just like this one. (If too busy or tired just use some really good canned sauce and baby it up with your own spices- I promise I will not report you to the authorities) Here is the link http://bamskitchen.com/2011/08/11/spaghetti-and-meatballs-with-grandmas-sauce/
3) Make a large portion or double up on lasagna recipe for another lazy day as keeps great in freezer inside a freezer safe container. (Please use within 3 months)
Lazy Day Lasagna (Serves 12 adults or 6 hungry teenagers)
1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 package dried lasagna noodles
- 16 ounces ricotta cheese
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 pound of grated mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional my kids like spicy things and this adds a little punch to the dish)
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil