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small batch lasagna

a recipe by
Jennifer R
Portland, OR

My husband and I love lasagna but it's just the two of us, so I decided to scale back on ingredients and make it for two! I like to use the no-bake lasagna sheets - no additional cooking. This recipe uses Penzey's Pasta Sprinkle, which is essentially a salt-free Italian seasoning, and I like the garlic that is in it. This was an experiment on a Saturday afternoon and I'm quite pleased with the results - as was my husband. There was enough leftover for two lunch portions, as well!

serves 2 - 4
prep time 45 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For small batch lasagna

  • 1 lb
    italian sausage
  • 1
    onion, diced
  • 1
    shallot, sliced
  • 3 clove
    garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2
    roma tomatoes, diced
  • 14 oz
    tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 3 tsp
    penzey's pasta sprinkle (or italian seasoning), divided
  • 10 oz
    ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 c
    mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c
    parmesan cheese, grated
  • 6
    lasagna noodles, no boil

How To Make small batch lasagna

  • Drain sausage on a paper towel.
    Over medium heat, brown the sausage. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel and set aside. Wipe out the skillet.
  • Everything's better with butter...
    Return the skillet to medium heat and add the onion, shallot, garlic and butter. Cook until the onions are softened, about 7-8 minutes.
  • Tomatoes and sauce added to onion and shallot. Seasoned with deliciousness.
    Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce. Rinse the tomato sauce can with about 1/2 cup of water and add it to the skillet. Add the garlic powder and 1 teaspoon of the Pasta Sprinkle (or Italian seasoning).
  • That is a skillet full of yum.
    Cook until the tomatoes are broken down and the mixture is thickened. Add back the sausage, stir and remove from heat.
  • Cheese, please!
    In a large bowl, add the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and 1 teaspoon of Pasta Sprinkle. Mix well.
  • Half the meat/tomato mixture.
    Spray a 6 1/2 x 9 inch pan with Pam. Spoon half of the tomato mixture into the pan.
  • Two sheets of pasta.
    Layer 2 lasagna noodles over the tomato mixture.
  • Half the cheese mixture.
    Spoon half of the cheese mixture over the noodles.
  • Two more pasta sheets.
    Layer with 2 lasagna noodles.
  • Topped with parmesan and more seasoning.
    Repeat with the rest of the tomato mixture, 2 lasagna noodles and the rest of the cheese mixture. Sprinkle on the parmesan cheese. Use the last teaspoon of Pasta Sprinkle over the top.
  • 11
    Place lasagna on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes. Let rest 5-ish minutes before cutting.