Monday, June 8, 2015

"Lazy" Lasagna

This is a much easier version of the traditional lasagna, but with he same delicious result.  Also, you can make this one up to 24 hours in advance, then just bake it when you're ready for it.  It is a wonderful combination of flavors, with an amazing blend of cheeses, noodles and sauce.  Absolutely delicious!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-15 oz ricotta cheese
-1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
-2 tsp dried parsley or 2 Tbs fresh
-1 1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
-60 oz meat flavored pasta sauce 
-12 uncooked lasagna noodles
-2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix ricotta, 1/2 cup Parmesan, parsley and oregano.
On the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 baking dish, spread 2 cups of the pasta sauce.  Top with 4 of the noodles (you might have to break one and make it fit).  Spread ricotta mixture on top.  Spread 2 more cups of sauce and top with 4 more noodles.  Repeat with 2 cups of sauce and 4 noodles.  Sprinkle 2 cups of the mozzarella and top with remaining pasta sauce.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
Cover and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 30 more minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.  Let it stand 15-20 minutes before cutting.
***You can prepare the lasagna up to 24 hours before baking.  Simply cover it tightly with foil and refrigerate.  When ready to bake, place covered in preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes.  Uncover and continue baking for 20 more minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella.  Let stand for 15-20 minutes before cutting.***
Enjoy!

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