The classic recipe of lasagna may quite possibly be one of the most modified recipes around. Everyone seems to have their own take on this popular family meal from a Mediterranean twist to the classic formula of layers of ricotta, noodles, sauce and cheese. Red Gold Tomatoes has shared a recipe with me as well as a kit to make my own dinner at home. Best of all with a little pre-planning you can make this on a weeknight. It will bubble away in the oven while you catch up with your family, drive kids back and forth to practice or help with homework.
I added a bit of oomph to their classic all-in-one recipe that I love with the addition of a layer of meat , zesty ricotta and a layer of fresh baby spinach. I alternated the middle layers with a browned combo of 1/2 pound each of lean ground beef and 1/2 of ground pork. Another layer was 3 cups of baby spinach. I also stirred in 1/2 tap garlic powder, 1/2 C of grated Parmesan cheese, salt/pepper and 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning into my ricotta cheese. It did not alter my baking time but let me point out this tip: If you are making lasagna be sure to use a pan designed for lasagna OR one that is deeper than a standard 13 x 9 pan. Trust me on this- I will bubble over and make a mess out of your oven. You will be fine if you make the recipe as shared below. If you add layers like I did you will need a bigger pan.
Starting with the delicious base recipe from Red Gold I made this dish my own. What would YOU do to add your own flair?
I was provided with a lasagna kit from Red Gold tomatoes with no expectation that I would share this with you all. But I needed to. This dish was JUST what we needed on a cold winter’s night. The fact that I could assemble it quickly, prepare without boiling the noodles, add my own twist AND we had leftovers for another meal means THIS is a recipe success. Like always all opinions are my own. WHO doesn’t like a quick meal that doesn’t break the bank and their family will enjoy?
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