My family LOVES lasagna. However, I don't usually have the time to do all the pretty parts to make lasagna happen.
So this has been my solution - and it IS the real thing - only difference is, I just mix it together like a casserole. *grin* close your eyes and eat. .. yum.
I start with 8 oz of bowtie pasta or penne pasta (gluten free) cook that up.
While that's cooking away,
1/2 pound sausage, sausage - 2 - 3 kinds is desirable for true italian flavor
1/2 pound pound ground beef
1 onion, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
cook til onion is almost carmelizing and all meat is cooked. drain and set aside.
15 oz container ricotta
1 egg, beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup italian blend cheeses, grated (i buy from aldi - a cash only grocery store)
1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup parsley, chopped finely
Either pull from your pantry/freezer your homemade pasta sauce or use your favorite jarred sauce.
mix everything together in a greased 8x12 pan.
sprinkle a bag of grated mozzarella cheese on top.
Put in oven 350*F for 1/2 hour or so - til everything is bubbly and smelling oh so yummy and the cheese is starting to brown on top.
Pull from oven and serve.
Voila, easy messy lasagna. :) and it's even gluten free! *grin*
bake at 350*F oven