Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Easiest Lasagna Recipe


Big fancy dinners are great, but sometimes you don't have the money or time to prepare something super fancy. Well, you might want to try this recipe then! It's pretty easy to make and doesn't cost too much either. Years ago, when I was going to college and living in my very first apartment, lasagna was the first "real" meal I ever made. I didn't have a written recipe, but I had watched my mom make it enough times to do it from memory. And even upon my first attempt, it came out great! Why? ...Because it really is so easy!


I must tell you, I make a lot at once, so that I can freeze some. So, this recipe is actually for one large (11x13") pan and a smaller (6x9") pan. I freeze the smaller portion, keeping it for when a quick no-prep meal is needed. Sometimes, I'll have a friend of family member that I will give the smaller portion to. If you want to make less, please use the needed amount of ingredients for your own portion size you'd like to make. You can pretty much just eyeball it. There really is no right or wrong in this.

I usually make my lasagna vegetarian. This time however, I used Classico sauce with Italian Sausage in it. It gives it a little meat substance without adding any bit of extra work. Like I said, this is the easiest lasagna recipe everrrrr!

 
Prep. Time 45 minutes, Cook Time 35 minutes


Ingredients:
  • 2 boxes lasagna noodles
  • 2.5 jars of sauce (I used Classico Italian Sausage)
  • 24 oz mushrooms
  • 2 lbs mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 medium sized zucchinis
  • 3 medium white onions
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic powder
  • one large pot
  • one large sauté pan
  • large baking pan, smaller baking pan
  • aluminum foil
Instructions:
  1. Take a large pot and fill 2/3 with water, put on high heat, add a teaspoon of salt and wait for water to boil.
  2. Wash and cut the mushrooms, zucchini, and onions and set aside.
  3. Slice cheese fairly thin and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. By this time, the water in the large pot should be boiling; add noodles and stir occasionally.
  6. Put a little olive oil in the sauté pan on medium/high heat, then add mushrooms. Only sauté them slightly, no need to get them too brown. Once browned, put in a dish and set aside.
  7. Add a bit more olive oil to the same sauté pan and put on medium/high heat, then add the zucchini. Once sautéed, put in a dish and set aside.
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  9. Add a bit more olive oil to the same sauté pan again, then add the onion. add a pinch of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Sauté until caramelized, put in a dish and set aside.
  10. Once noodles are al dente, remove from stove. Strain water.
  11. Get your baking pans and add a little olive oil on the bottom. Then add a thin layer of sauce. (this will help noodles from sticking to the bottom)
  12. Start layering your lasagna. Put a layer of noodles down, then mushrooms, zucchini and onions. Put a layer of sauce. Add another layer of noodles, then a layer of cheese and more sauce. Add another layer of noodles for the top layer, then add some additional sauce to the very top.
  13. Cover with aluminum foil and place in oven for 35-40 minutes.
  14. Remove from oven and allow to cool about ten minutes before cutting and serving.
  15. Serve and add a bit of shredded parmesan cheese on top...nothing else left to do but, ENJOY!
 
 




 

 

32 comments:

  1. Lasagna is one of my favorites. I don't use noodles anymore as I like layering in veggie slices instead.

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    1. oh that def is a healthier way to do it! What veggies do you use? I once tried putting eggplant in my lasagna but no one in my family really cared for it that way.

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  2. Ohh that looks yummy. Thank you for sharing! :)

    www.diyjahn.com

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  3. This is exactly how my mom used to make it! Great recipe.

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    1. aww, that's cool. Thanks for taking the time to comment :)

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  4. Have you ever tried your recipe but doing it as lasagna rolls? Like layer your fillers on your noodle, roll it up, and then cover with sauce/cheese? I've started doing that because it's easier to serve and kid friendly. Plus I feel like I can get a LOT more into a pan, handy if I'm entertaining.

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    1. No Sara, I have never tried making it that way. I think I might try that sometime :)

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  5. Yum! I haven't made lasagna in a while - I think with the colder weather I'm going to need to again!

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    1. Yeah I def tend to cook more in the fall and winter. It's nice to stay in and have nice family dinners!

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  6. I love lasagna! I have never had one that is vegetarian before but this one looks so yummy!!! I will have to try to make this soon.

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    1. Well the sauce I used had some Italian Sausage in it, so this one wasn't vegetarian. Others I've made in the past where though. I'm not a big meat eater so no meat lasagna is fine by me!

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  7. This looks awesome! Lasagna is one of those meals I've never attempted because it just SEEMS intimidating!

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    1. Seriously Erin, it is super easy! If you can cut up some veggies and layer noodles, you can make a lasagna!

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  8. Mmmn, lasagna is my ultimate comfort food. I'll definitely have to try your recipe!

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  9. First off I love lasagna. Why have I never thought to buy block cheese and slice? Thanks for sharing.
    Kovescence of the Mind

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    1. I do it that way because the shredded cheese just seems to get lost in the lasagna...and I like it cheesy! For left overs though, I do have some shredded in the fridge to add a little on top before reheating ;)

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  10. This looks so good! I will have to remember this recipe! I need easy recipes since I am in college and it's hard to put in the time and effort for difficult recipes. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  11. Lasagna is such a great go-to...which I haven't made in a long time. Going to have to remedy that! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  12. Yum! This looks fantastic, and I love all the vegetables you added. I've attempted lasagna once, and it wasn't too bad, but this one definitely sounds better. I'm pinning and trying it soon. Thank you!

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  13. Never ever tell anyone how easy a lasagna recipe is! Let them think you slaved over it.

    I do my lasagna noodles a little differently: I put them in an large baking pan (one large enough to place the unbroken lasagna noodles in; lay they flat in layers. Pour boiling water over them to cover and let them sit while you are doing everything else. Every so often pour more boiling water over the noodles, and when you are ready put them into the lasagna pan. The noodles will suck up moisture from the sauce and they are so much easier to handle than noodles that have been boiled.

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    1. Hey that sounds like a good way of doing it! Never thought to do it that way...might have to try that the next time I make lasagna. Thanks for sharing your tip, Rae!

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  14. Can't go wrong with lasagna. My kids love anything that contains pasta in some form!

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  15. My family loves lasagna! This recipe looks so easy and delicious too! Will have to try it soon..thanks!

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  16. This looks SO good! Yum! I'll be trying this one. Thanks!

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  17. I'd love to be able to make lasagne and it doesn't seem that difficult to make either. Thanks for this!

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  18. Yummy this looks SO good! Can't wait to try it!

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  19. I need a good lasagna recipe, going to have to give this one a whirl.

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  20. WHATTT. This looks amazing! And so super easy!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  21. I thought my mother's lasagna was time consuming. Yours actually is more time consuming, but that could be because you added mushrooms and all to yours. I hate mushrooms. I am sure your lasagna is good, but I think I will stick to my mother's recipe. Of course, it seems nothing ever tastes as good when compared to my mother's cooking.

    Felicia Curtis @ Amelias Balboa Island

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