Saturday, December 15, 2012

Easy Shortcut Lasagna with Alexia Garlic Bread

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Easy Shortcut Lasagna

Yield: 10-12 servings

A few shortcuts make this lasagna a breeze to pull together on a weeknight!

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and diced
salt & pepper
1 1/3 pound lean ground beef
3 hot italian sausages, casings removed
1/2 teaspoon garlic power
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 - 24 oz jars of pasta sauce of choice

32 ounces whole milk Ricotta cheese
16 ounces of mozzarella, shredded and divided
8 ounce box of Oven-Ready Pasta

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet (or stockpot) over medium-high heat. Saute onions until soft and translucent (3-5 minutes). Season the onions with a sprinkle of salt & pepper and then push them to the edges of the pan, leaving a bare spot in in the center of the pan to brown your meat on (see video).

Crumble the ground beef and sausage into the pan and begin to brown, breaking the meat apart with a spatula as you go. Season with garlic powder, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes. Once meat is thoroughly cooked (a minimum of 165ºF), add the 2 jars of your favorite bottled pasta sauce! Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and keep warm until ready to use.

In a medium mixing bowl, add the ricotta cheese and 8 ounces of the shredded mozzarella. Season with a pinch of salt & pepper and stir well to loosen the mixture up a bit.

TO ASSEMBLE: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9 x 13 oven safe baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Add a thin layer of the meat sauce and top with a layer of the oven-ready noodles. Next add some of the cheese mixture and spread out over the noodles as best as you can (it will get a bit messy here!). Add another layer of meat sauce, noodles, and then cheese. Repeat one more time ending with meat sauce. Top with remaining shredded mozzarella. Bake at 350ºF for 35-45 minutes or until piping hot ad the cheese on top begins to brown.

Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes to set up enough to cut. This is the perfect time to put your Alexia Garlic Baguettes in the oven! Once they are ready, cut your lasagna and serve with a hunk or two of the baguette.

 

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11 Responses to “Easy Shortcut Lasagna with Alexia Garlic Bread”

  1. 1

    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 16, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Your video is so professional! The lasagna looks delish and we are a big fan of Alexia’s Garlic Bread, but I LOVE there sweep potato puffs!!

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    Debbie — December 16, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    Awesome video!

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — December 16, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

    Love the video, you are too cute! I love a good weeknight shortcut!

  4. 4

    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — December 17, 2012 @ 12:09 am

    You are simply adorable! Great video, well done! :) Can’t wait to try the baguettes.

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    mom — December 17, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    I love the video! I think I want to make that Lasagna now :) Great job…Alexia products are great!

  6. 6

    Jessica — December 17, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    Love the video! :)

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — December 17, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    You did a wonderful job with this video!! Very easy to follow and I lol’ed at the OCD part, haha. I would have wiped it up too :)

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    tijuana (po' man meals) — December 18, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    great video! you making me want lasagna at 9:00 at night! i have also only known about alexia sweet potato fries, which i love by the way. i will have to check out those baguettes, too!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — December 19, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    What a great video – way better than I could have done!
    Was thinking of doing lasagna for Christmas Eve, this would be a great version!

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    Easy Shortcut Lasagna with Alexia Garlic Bread Posted by Tina of My Life as a Mrs. | Alexia Rewards — December 21, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

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    Anisley Lopez — December 26, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Do you happen to have an easy way to make changes to the recipe like the one above to make it for a smaller number of servings?
    Thanks,

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