Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

This is a recipe I saw from my homegirls Coyia’s instagram page and had to make it! Though this recipe calls for some beef and stuff i replaced the meat with mushrooms and chic pea blend. I’ll slide what I did in between here. The ingredients are below!

Soak Chic Peas overnight
Chop up onions and garlic then lightly sauté
Blend the Chic Peas with the garlic onions and seasoning that you would like (Salt & Pepper)

I’m not being paid to say this, but I really love Rao’s Homemade sauces so much. As a chef and home-cook, I’m pretty picky about pre-made things. I don’t want to buy a sauce I have to spend half the time doctoring up just to make it taste better. You are free to use any brand you prefer, but trust me — Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce is legit. They’re the reason my Cheesy meatball sub dip recipe is so amazing. It’s pretty pricey compared to its lesser counterparts, but it’s soooo worth it. You can often find it on sale at pretty much every retailer, but I’ve found it at Walmart consistently under $7/jar.

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This recipe is insanely easy, and very customizable. You can use ground beef, or turkey, or chicken. Or, use Italian sausage instead. Although it’s a quick and easy weeknight lasagna, you aren’t forced to use lasagna noodles. You can use any pasta you want. The only thing I recommend you keep true to the recipe are the ingredient amounts — things can get funky otherwise. For example, you don’t want to add a whole pound of pasta to this because it will be too much. Whatever kind of pasta you end up using, just use half the box — which is roughly 8 ounces.

Keep it somewhat vegetarian and use mushrooms instead of ground meat. The choice is yours. Don’t have balsamic vinegar? Shame on you! Get some, please. But if you don’t have it, it won’t ruin the recipe. Just leave it out.

HOW TO MAKE SKILLET LASAGNA

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Here’s most of the ingredients.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Drizzle in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Break up the meat with a wooden spoon until it’s in small pieces.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

While the meat is still pink, season it with crushed red pepper flakes, kosher salt and black pepper.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

When it’s almost fully browned, add the diced onion. Cook that for about 3 minutes to distribute.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Season the browned meat with granulated garlic and onion powder.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Cook everything down until the onions are softened, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Pour in some balsamic vinegar, about 3 tablespoons. Stir it around good.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Let the balsamic cook down for about a minute or two, then add the garlic.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Cook the garlic for about a minute to take the raw edge off.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Pour in your favorite high quality marinara sauce. I’m using Rao’s. In my opinion, it’s the best on the market and needs no doctoring.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Add 1 cup of water to the jar and shake it up to loosen any leftover sauce, pour that water into the skillet. You need this extra moisture to help cook the pasta thru.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Stir everything around until it’s evenly combined.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Add the broken lasagna noodles.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Make sure the lasagna pieces are pushed into the meat sauce and submerged.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Cover it up and let it simmer over medium-low or low heat for about 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to ensure the pasta isn’t sticking together or the moisture isn’t evaporating too quickly before the pasta is tender.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Almost ready, about 5 more minutes. If at any point you need to add more water, do so in 1/3 cup increments.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Pasta is perfectly al dente! The consistency is perfect, not too wet and not too dry.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Reduce the heat to LOW, and sprinkle the remaining 4 ounces of mozzarella in a single layer.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

Dollop the ricotta mixture all over the surface of the dish. Cover this up and let the cheese melt and ooze into the nooks and crannies, about 8 to 10 minutes over low heat.

Easy Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

You could eat it like this, or if you want a little color, pop this under the broiler for about 5 minutes to get bubbly and slightly charred.

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Source – Carnal Dish