SHORTCUT LASAGNA

Teresa G.

By
@BlueGinghamApron

This cheesy, meaty lasagna is so delicious, but takes so much less time and clean-up than the traditional preparation. It's great for a large family gathering or buffet and travels well.


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Serves:

12

Prep:

45 Min

Cook:

55 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb
ground beef
1/2 lb
sweet italian sausage, casings removed
4 oz
cream cheese, room temperature
1
32 oz. container ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp
salt
1/2 c
parmesan and romano shredded/grated cheese blend, divided
1
extra-large jar spaghetti sauce (67 oz., your favorite)
1 1/4 pkg
oven-ready lasagna noodles (or cooked)
1 1/2 lb
shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese (self-shredded)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Lightly spray a 9"x13" or 10"x14" glass casserole dish with cooking oil spray and set aside.
2
In large skillet, brown ground beef and Italian sausage then drain well and set aside.
3
In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.
4
Add 1 cup ricotta and mix thoroughly.
5
Add remaining ricotta, salt and 1/4 cup parmesan romano cheese, mix well and set aside.
6
Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
7
Evenly spread 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce over bottom of prepared dish.
8
In a large bowl, combine remaining spaghetti sauce and browned meat.
9
Place one layer of lasagna noodles in the dish and evenly spread with 1/3 of the ricotta mixture.
10
Sprinkle with 1/3 of the mozzarella.
11
Dollop, and then carefully spread on top of the mozzarella, 1/3 of the meat sauce.
12
Repeat layering (noodles, ricotta, mozzarella, meat sauce) until there are 3 complete layers (ending with meat sauce.)
13
Sprinkle with remaining parmesan romano cheese.
14
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.
15
Remove from oven and allow to cool 10-15 minutes before serving.
16
Cover and refrigerate leftovers.
17
May be assembled ahead of time, covered and refrigerated. All or part may be frozen, after baked and cooled, wrapped in plastic wrap and freezer paper.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: For Kids