In anticipation of What's Cooking Wednesday, and bearing in mind that we have been on sweets overload lately, I wanted to try to come up with a different option. When I mentioned this to B, he suggested lasagna. Brilliant!
Lasagna isn't something I make often, but always love to eat. I also almost never follow a recipe, because I don't know why- I guess it just seems like something that would be easy enough to throw together. But then I always have to sort of wait to see how it turns out. I cooked the ground beef and added store-bought sauce to it to cook on the stove. L helped grate the cheese, and then after I showed her how to do the first layer, she assembled the rest of the lasagna, declaring the process "so fun!"
Well, it turned out great, and just how I like it- noodley and cheesey (no ricotta!) and a a little bit meaty and saucey. Here's what we did:
- 1 box no-boil lasagna noodles
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1 28oz. jar marinara sauce (we used Rao's Marinara)
- 1 big ball mozzarella cheese, grated
- parmesan cheese, grated
- kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and sugar to taste
Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, brown ground beef in olive oil. Season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. Add marinara sauce. (I also added a little bit of water to the jar after I poured out the sauce to get the rest of the remaining sauce and dumped the saucey water in with the rest.) Stir to combine and let simmer. Grate the cheeses and set aside. Start to assemble the lasagna. Ladle some sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13" dish. Add a layer of (uncooked) noodles. Sprinkle with cheese. Then another layer of noodles, sauce, and cheese. Repeat. When the dish is full, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is golden. Enjoy!
Lucy thoroughly enjoyed assembling the lasagna- it was like a craft project! WIN! It's noteworthy that she doesn't eat lasagna, or any pasta with marinara sauce, for that matter. She is a strictly pasta-with-butter kind of gal. But I was somehow able to convince her to try this, and lo and behold- she liked it! She ate a little bit for lunch, and more for dinner! WIN-WIN! Oh, and B and I liked it, too! WIN-WIN-WIN!