Quick Dinner Fixins: Skillet Lasagna

Today was one of those days when you have to wonder what the heck is wrong with people.

I witnessed a car accident, it was minor, but I figured I’d pull over and leave my number if the police needed another witness. Well, I was thanked for stopping by being told I would be punched in the face if I didn’t leave by the people in the car who hit the other. Wow, really? You failed to yield at a yield, nail a person and have the audacity to sit there and scream at them…

The man who was hit handled their screaming and drama rather well, took my number and I left to go to work. The police called later to ask what happened and said my statement sounded pretty much like what things looked like. That poor man. No one likes being in a car accident, let alone a car accident and extra drama.

What’s with people these days?

Skillet Lasagna

from Food Network

Ingredients:

 

 

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil and/or parsley, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 6 sheets no-bake lasagna noodles
  • 1 carrot, peeled into ribbons
  • 1 zucchini, peeled into ribbons
  • 3 1/2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/3 pound mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

 

Preparation:

Heat the 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic; cook until golden, 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, 1 tablespoon herbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; cook until saucy, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree. Return 1 cup of the sauce to the skillet and reduce the heat to low; reserve the remaining sauce.

Meanwhile, mix the ricotta, egg, parmesan, the remaining 3 tablespoons herbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste in a bowl.

Place 2 lasagna noodles over the sauce in the skillet. Layer half of the carrot and zucchini on top; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover with half of the spinach, half of the ricotta mixture, a few pieces of mozzarella and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the reserved tomato sauce. Repeat the layers, ending with noodles. Top with the remaining sauce and mozzarella. Cover and simmer until the lasagna is cooked and the cheese melts, 20 to 25 minutes.

Let rest for a few minutes before slicing. Garnish with more parmesan and fresh herbs.

I add a layer of a cooked sweet sausage/ground beef mixture to this recipe and double the ricotta and spinach. This makes a quick and delicious dinner that comes together quickly and doesn’t dirty many dishes.

Hope you enjoy!


Comments

  1. People can be so terrible! It was nice of you to stop. Skillet lasagna? Delish!

  2. Easy lasagna. Never thought to make it in a skillet. I think I’ll make it this week. Thanks!

  3. Now this, is right down my alley. Looks great!

  4. I love Lasagna, and this looks so good! Wonder if the boys would notice the spinach? Think I will give it a try as Chris is trying to eat better this year, at least that will be my argument when he asks what the green stuff is! : )

    • It works for Josh. I sneak all kinds of extra veggies in pretty much every meal. :D He complains and picks out the onions, but he eats 99% of the rest.

  5. Wow, Kita. I love this idea. Once the burn ban is lifted here in Seattle, I’m going to give this one a try in the woodfired oven. Thanks!

  6. It’s nice to know there are still good samaritans out there still. Accidents always shake people up, but it is never a reason to yell at people, especially if you are at fault. Geez o pete! I love no-bake lasagna sheets and I’m glad you can make this recipe with them. Saves a lot of time. Looks delish!

  7. Lasagna in a skillet – amazing idea! It looks delicious!

    Good on you for doing what was right by stopping and lending your help.

  8. Wow! The audacity of some people! I’d hate to be around when the karma train comes down his track!

    Your skillet lasagna looks like a hug in a pan! Tasty, healthy and comforting! Thanks for sharing your recipe and being a good citizen!

  9. earlier today i saw skillet pizza, now skillet lasagna? love these ideas!

  10. Uhh… those people are crazy. It’s a really good thing that you were there as a witness because imagine how they would try to weasel their way out of the scene, or lie, if you weren’t there to back him up!

    Skillet lasagna is a great idea. It’s actually perfect for me and m husband since it’s usually just the two of us at dinner.

  11. Wow, that’s some drama. Poor guy. Good thing this lasagna is drama-less but flavorful!

  12. That is some crazy car drama there…oiy. What a neat dish. I never thought to fix lasagna on the stove top…very cool.

  13. That was nice of you to leave your number. I love lasagna. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Stephanie says:

    Never thought to make skillet lasagna – love this idea! Especially since it’s quick and has some veggies in it. I’ll have to try this soon! Thanks for sharing.

    Also, some people are just crazy and rude. Kudos to you for stopping to help and not just driving by. We need more people like you in the world!

  15. What a great idea !!

  16. Yum!! I found a William Sonoma recipe for skillet lasagna that I’m trying out tomorrow night. This food network one does look tasty though!!
    p.s. I noticed you used a cast iron skillet for this, I used my new pre-seasoned one for the first time last night to make a frittata. Any tips on how to get that thing clean? The egg seems to be quite stuck no matter how hard I scrub…

    • My iron skillet is fairly new but my momma had one for ever that she would use steel wool on every now and then (the problem being is you need to re-season it afterward). There is also a method of reheating the pan and using corse salt and a towel (with tongs!!) to wipe out the pan. My BF never does dishes quickly after a meal and he has an iron wok. I could kill him every time Im scrubbing that clean. :(

  17. Ohh I really like this idea! While I love recipes that take hours to make, allowing me to kind of zone out in the kitchen, quicker versions of a classic are always welcome in this house for those hectic evenings. Plus who can resist anything cooked in a cast-iron skillet?!

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

  18. There must be a great crust on that lasagna. It’s like a deep dish pizza. You’re on to something here.

  19. Wow that lasagna looks good and I really like the technique being cooked in a skillet!

  20. Janet in Maine says:

    You did a really good thing by stopping and offering to leave your information as a witness. I used to handle auto accident claims for a living and LOVED it when I had an independent witness. It made my job so much easier.
    The lasagne looks marvelous.

  21. This recipe is awesome! I am super excited to try it!

  22. I don’t own a “true” skillet. You better believe this post makes me want to brave our cold wintry night to go get one! And then someone get it seasoned immediately!

  23. I made this last night and it was excellent! It was so pretty and colorful while I was putting it together I wanted to take pictures, and it looked just as yummy after it was cooked. I had some mushrooms in my fridge so I added them as well; otherwise I made no changes.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I can hardly wait to have it as leftovers tonight :)

  24. Wow this looks so good!! I don’t have an oven so the idea is of skillet – lasagna is like a revelation to me! I’ll finally be able to make lasagna at home :)

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