Being a legendary mom doesn’t mean spending hours slaving in the kitchen! This easy lasagne recipe is the perfect way to fill tummies, put smiles on faces AND give you a little Twinsaver Timeout for yourself!
500g dry lasagne noodles (you’ll use a little more than half the box)
500g lean ground beef (or half beef and half pork)
680g jar marinara or pasta sauce
2/3 cup water
1 container ricotta or cottage cheese
340g mozzarella cheese divided
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Preheat the oven to 200°C
Lightly grease a large (33X23cm) baking dish (or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Spread 2/3 cups of the marinara sauce on the bottom of the baking dish.
Top with lasagne noodles.
Brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Drain off the fat.
Pour in the remaining marinara sauce. Add the water to the jar, replace the lid and shake to loosen up the remaining sauce. Pour into the skillet and stir in.
Simmer the meat sauce for 5 minutes.
Scatter about one-third of the ricotta cheese on top of the lasagne noodles. Sprinkle on 85g of the mozzarella cheese. Top with about one-third of the meat sauce.
Add another layer of lasagne noodles and press down slightly.
Repeat with ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and meat sauce – two more times.
Top with remaining mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
Cover tightly with aluminium foil and bake for 45 minutes until the noodles are fork-tender. (The additional water and the steam created by covering the baking dish will cook the noodles.)
Remove aluminium foil and bake for another 7-8 minutes or until cheese is nice and bubbly.
Let the lasagne rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.