Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Simple and Meaty Skillet Lasagna

3 (14.5 oz) cans whole peeled tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 TBSP olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
3 medium garlic cloves, finely minced
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, these do not add spice, just flavor!
1 TBSP dried basil
1/2 TBSP dried oregano
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pound ground beef (I used 1 lb. beef, no pork)
12 curly edged lasagna noodles, broken unto 1 inch pieces
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup ricotta cheese (don't use fat-free!)

Pulse the tomatoes with their juice in a blender or food processor until they are coursely ground and no large pieces remain.

Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring often, until the onion is softened and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the ground meat and cook, breaking apart the meat, until it is lightly browned and no longer pink, 5-6 minutes.

Scatter the broken lasagna noodles over the meat and then pour in the ground tomatoes and tomato sauce over the pasta. Stir in the basil and oregano. Cover, increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often and adjusting the heat to maintain a vigorous simmer, until the pasta is tender, about 20 minutes.

Off the heat, stir in half the mozzarella and half the parmesan. Dot heaping tablespoons of the ricotta over the noodles, then sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan. Cover and let stand off the heat until the cheese melts, 2-4 minutes. Serve.

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