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Kath asked for a quick and easy lasagna recipe, so I started looking around.
I made this lasagna from Confessions Of A Pioneer Woman on Friday night for company. (I did not take pictures since Ree’s photos are amazing and I don’t like to try to outdo perfection). We’d had it before but I thought I’d share it with you in case you hadn’t heard of it. It’s a reasonably easy lasagna in the sense that you buy everything at your average grocery store and/or use what you have in the pantry. It’s not something I’d whip up at 6pm when I got home from the office however since the sauce simmers for quite some time and it bakes for another 30 minutes. But it’s still an excellent meal, if my friends were still having babies I’d make them five to put in their freezers.
I’ve made this Last Minute Lasagna from Real Simple many times. It is exactly the kind of ‘lasagna’ you’d whip up at 6pm after a long day of work. I will admit it’s not the most impressive looking lasagna and not something I’d serve for dinner guests, but it is filling, vegetarian and it includes spinach (not pureed!).
Instead of relying on my own very limited knowledge of food, cooking or lasagna I thought I’d point you to this discussion at the Chowhound forum about cooking a quick lasagna. Great tips in this thread, including using jarred white sauce in your lasagna to replace the traditional ricotta or cottage cheese.
Here is another simple lasagna recipe involving just four steps, no boil noodles and jarred spaghetti sauce. The bake time is 30-40 minutes but the prep time is around 12 minutes, perfect when you’ve got other preparations to do and want to have your meal ready when your guests arrive . They suggest this recipe for a Christmas Eve open house, which sounds so easy I’m thinking of serving it at ours.
I really love this recipe because it’s faster than traditional lasagna but is a little more impressive than your jarred sauce and ricotta version. This recipe replaces the lasagna noodles with wonton skins, she also points out these are a great replacement for fresh pasta for ravioli as well. The recipe also includes prosciutto which is what bacon would be if it came from heavenly pigs. I’d serve this version for a spur of the moment dinner party or for a quick family meal as well.
Does your family have a favorite quick lasagna recipe? What about a favorite vegetarian lasagna recipe? Even better, what about a favorite gluten free and vegetarian lasagna recipe? If you share that favorite I’ll thank you endlessly for solving my unending “What To Feed My Little Sister” dilemma just in time for our annual Christmas Eve celebration.