Friday, August 14, 2015

Pinterest Friday: Quick & Easy Stovetop Lasagna

I had some tomato sauce I needed to use up, and I thought I had some ground beef in the fridge.  Obviously, lasagna came to mind.

Since Pinterest is the place to be if you're looking for unusual recipes (namely, lasagna that doesn't take hours to make), I knew I'd find something there.  I searched for "quick lasagna" and found this pin:  15-Minute Lasagna from Kevin & Amanda.

I should tell you straight off that the 15-Minute part of it is an exaggeration.  Once you've gotten all of your ingredients together, and once you've cooked your meat, and your onions, and your garlic, then it cooks for 15 minutes.  Hence the title change. 

I knew I needed to go to the store for cheese, and I'm so glad I checked the fridge before I went, because the ground beef that was supposed to be the cornerstone of this whole meal...was no longer.

I ended up buying ground turkey instead (have you seen how expensive beef is these days?), and I'm really glad I made that change.  It was delicious!  I also doubled the amount of cheese the recipe called for, because of course I did.

Also, the recipe indicated you should break your lasagna noodles into 1/4ths -- I want to know what kind of sorcery these people used to break their noodles, because I almost was impaled by shards of noodle when I tried to break them apart.  (Although, looking at the pictures on the blog, the noodles aren't broken up into perfect 1/4ths, so I feel a little better.)

Quick & Easy Stovetop Lasagna
Serves 4


1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
1 large onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
10 lasagna noodles, broken into 1/4ths (-ish)
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
2 cups tomato sauce (from a can or make your own)
2 cups hot water
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, cook your turkey and onion, stirring occasionally, over medium-high heat until the meat is browned.  Drain the excess grease as necessary.   Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add the lasagna bits, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and hot water to the skillet.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Stir to combine.

Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes until the noodles are cooked, stirring occasionally to make sure the noodles don't stick to the pan.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheese.

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