Lasagna is one of my favorite comfort foods, but it can be very time consuming to prepare. Full on lasagna is great for the weekends, but not for a busy weeknight meal. Today I want to share an easy alternative to regular lasagna.
From start to finish this dish took literally 30 minutes to make. Pair it with a vegetable, salad and rolls for a quick and comforting weeknight meal. I'm betting you already have everything in your pantry to make this, so I hope you'll give it a try.
Easy Skillet Lasagna
1/2 lb - ground beef, cooked & crumbled
1/2 lb - Italian sausage, cooked & crumbled or (use all ground beef)
1/4 - cup onion, chopped
1 - 2 garlic cloves, minced
3 - cups uncooked egg noodles (I use No Yolks Dumplings)
1 - jar (24 - 26 oz.) spaghetti or marinara sauce (I use Ragu)
1 1/2- cups of water
1 - 12 oz. container low-fat small curd cottage cheese
4 - oz light or 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
1 - tablespoon dried parsley flakes, optional
1 1/2 - cups shredded Kraft Italian five cheese blend, separated
In a 12 inch skillet, cook ground beef, Italian sausage, onion, and garlic over medium heat until beef is thoroughly cooked and the onions are translucent, stirring frequently. Drain off any grease and return meat to the skillet.
Add the spaghetti sauce, water and noodles. Mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 15 to 17 minutes or until noodles are tender and the liquid is mostly absorbed.
In a med-large bowl, combine cottage cheese, cream cheese, 1/2 cup five cheese blend, and parsley flakes if using. Mix well.
Spoon cottage cheese mixture evenly over cooked beef and noodles. Sprinkle with the remaining Italian cheese blend. Cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
You can also place the skillet (make sure it's oven safe) under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and the cottage cheese mixture it hot and creamy. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serves: 6
Adapted from: Pillsbury
Here are a few step by step recipes. To start cook and brown the ground beef , sausage, onion and garlic. Drain off any grease and add the spaghetti sauce and water.
Add the noodles and mix well. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer the mixture for 15-17 minutes or until the noodles are tender and the liquid is absorbed. Mix the cottage cheese, cream cheese and 1/2 cup of the Italian Cheese Blend together. Spoon the mixture over the noodles and cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the cheese melts.
You can also place the skillet (make sure it is oven safe) under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and the cottage cheese mixture it hot and creamy.
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