Cheesy Skillet Lasagna #SundaySupper

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Cheesy Skillet Lasagna is so much easier to make than traditional lasagna, and it has all the same great tastes! I love all the fresh ingredients in this easy skillet lasagna. It is loaded with 3 different types of cheese, fresh tomatoes, spinach, and herbs for a satisfying meal the whole family will love!
Cheesy Skillet Lasagna | by Life Tastes Good is so much easier to make than traditional lasagna, and it has all the same great tastes! I love all the fresh ingredients in this easy skillet lasagna. It is loaded with 3 different types of cheese, fresh tomatoes, spinach, and herbs for a satisfying meal the whole family will love!

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This recipe is so easy to make! It cooks all in one skillet right on the stove-top, so it makes for easy clean-up and it doesn't heat up the house. With this recipe we can enjoy lasagna year round! Another great reason to make this Cheesy Skillet Lasagna is all the fresh flavors. Using fresh, quality ingredients in this recipe is essential! From the fresh tomatoes and herbs for the flavorful sauce to the 3 different types of Wisconsin cheese for that creamy goodness throughout, you'll taste the freshness in each and every delectable mouthful!
Cheesy Skillet Lasagna | by Life Tastes Good is so much easier to make than traditional lasagna, and it has all the same great tastes! I love all the fresh ingredients in this easy skillet lasagna. It is loaded with 3 different types of cheese, fresh tomatoes, spinach, and herbs for a satisfying meal the whole family will love!

When choosing the cheese for this recipe, I went for quality straight from Wisconsin. Using fresh Wisconsin Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese ensures maximum flavor. Wisconsin makes more than 600 different varieties, types, and styles of cheese and more than 2.5 billion (with a B) pounds of cheese each year! It all starts with quality milk that is tested for purity before the cheesemaking process even begins. Which is a good thing, because it takes about 10 pounds of milk to make just 1 pound of cheese! The Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® program is the only one of its kind outside of Europe, and it provides unparalleled quality assurance you only get with certified Wisconsin cheese.
Cheesy Skillet Lasagna | by Life Tastes Good is so much easier to make than traditional lasagna, and it has all the same great tastes! I love all the fresh ingredients in this easy skillet lasagna. It is loaded with 3 different types of cheese, fresh tomatoes, spinach, and herbs for a satisfying meal the whole family will love!

In addition to the fresh taste of Wisconsin cheese, I also used fresh Roma Tomatoes (aka Plum Tomatoes), fresh baby spinach, fresh basil and Italian flat-leaf parsley. Avoid using dried herbs in this recipe, as it will result in a less flavorful end result. Dried basil does not even begin to compare to the goodness of fresh basil. I don't even keep it on hand any longer, as it tastes nothing like basil and adds very little, if anything, to recipes.

All of the fresh ingredients are totally worth it! Trust me!! It pays off with maximum flavor and makes this Cheesy Skillet Lasagna good enough for company! Don't plan on too many leftovers though, as this disappears quickly! Don usually can't stop eating it. I remember the first time I made it, he had 4 helpings! 4!! My mom had 2 helpings! Don't get me wrong, I love traditional lasagna, but I rarely make it anymore, because this skillet version is so much easier and tastes amazing too!

Let me show you how easy this recipe is. First we need to do a little prep work. I like to have everything chopped and ready to go, so I get my garlic, onions, herbs, and tomatoes chopped and ready.
Cheesy Skillet Lasagna | by Life Tastes Good


Mix 1 (15 ounce) container of Wisconsin Ricotta cheese with 1 egg, 1 tablespoon basil, 1 tablespoon flat-leaf Italian parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Set that aside until ready to use.
Cheesy Skillet Lasagna | by Life Tastes Good
Heat a 10.5 cast iron skillet (or stainless steel heavy duty skillet) over mid-high heat and brown 1/2 pound ground chuck. When the meat just starts to brown, add a tablespoon of freshly minced garlic and a tablespoon of diced yellow onion. Continue to cook until it is cooked through, and then remove the meat mixture from the skillet and set aside.
Cheesy Skillet Lasagna | by Life Tastes Good

In the same skillet over medium heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil and let that heat up just a bit. Then add a tablespoon of garlic and a tablespoon of yellow onion, and stir about 30 seconds until the garlic and onions are aromatic and start to soften. 

Next add the diced tomatoes, 1 tablespoon basil, and 1 tablespoon parsley. Allow that to cook for about 5 minutes until the tomatoes are soft enough to smush.
Cheesy Skillet Lasagna | by Life Tastes Good
Smush the tomatoes with the back of a spoon until you have a delicious sauce. Give it a taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Sometimes tomatoes need a little sugar, so if you need to counteract any bitterness from the tomatoes, don't be afraid to add about a 1/2 tablespoon of sugar (more or less as needed). My tomatoes were plenty sweet, and the sauce was perfect. The sauce will be a little chunky, but that's okay. If you prefer it to be smooth, you can run it through a blender. I like it chunky, so no need for me to whip out the blender <smile> Reduce the heat to mid-low and pour 1/2 the sauce into a measuring cup and reserve. Half the sauce should be about 1 cup.
Cheesy Skillet Lasagna | by Life Tastes Good


You should have about 1 cup of sauce left in the skillet. Top the sauce with 2 no-bake lasagna noodles and layer on 1/2 the spinach, 1/2 the meat mixture, 1/2 the ricotta mixture, 4 slices of Wisconsin Mozzarella cheese, and about 1/4 cup of the reserved sauce.
Cheesy Skillet Lasagna | by Life Tastes Good


Repeat the layers using 2 more lasagna noodles, the remaining spinach, meat mixture, and ricotta mixture. Top that with 4 more slices of Wisconsin Mozzarella and 2 more lasagna noodles. Pour the remaining sauce on top and add 4 more slices of Wisconsin Mozzarella.
Cheesy Skillet Lasagna | by Life Tastes Good
Cover and simmer over mid-low heat for 25 minutes or until the lasagna is cooked and the cheese is nicely melted. If you don't have a cover for your skillet, you can carefully (don't burn yourself) tent it with foil like so...
Cheesy Skillet Lasagna | by Life Tastes Good
Allow to rest for about 10 minutes. Top with remaining herbs and some shaved Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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Cheesy Skillet Lasagna | by Life Tastes Good is so much easier to make than traditional lasagna, and it has all the same great tastes! I love all the fresh ingredients in this easy skillet lasagna. It is loaded with 3 different types of cheese, fresh tomatoes, spinach, and herbs for a satisfying meal the whole family will love!

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Cheesy Skillet Lasagna

Life Tastes Good
Published 06/07/2015
Cheesy Skillet Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) container of Wisconsin Ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2.5 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped and divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped and divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound ground chuck
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons freshly minced garlic, divided
  • 2 tablespoons diced yellow onion, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh Roma Tomatoes, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 sheets no-bake lasagna noodles
  • 5 ounce bag of fresh baby spinach
  • 4 ounces Sliced Wisconsin Mozzarella Cheese (at least 12 slices)
  • Shaved Wisconsin Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Mix 1 (15 ounce) container of Wisconsin Ricotta cheese with 1 egg, 1 tablespoon basil, 1 tablespoon flat-leaf Italian parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Set that aside until ready to use.
  2. Season the 1/2 pound of ground chuck with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat a 10.5" cast-iron skillet (or stainless steel heavy duty skillet) over mid-high heat and brown the seasoned meat. When the meat just starts to brown, add 1 tablespoon of freshly minced garlic and 1 tablespoon of diced yellow onion. Continue to cook until it is cooked through, and then remove the meat mixture from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet over medium heat, I add a tablespoon of olive oil and let that heat up just a bit. Then I add 1 tablespoon of garlic and 1 tablespoon of yellow onion, and stir about 30 seconds until the garlic and onions are aromatic and start to soften.
  4. Next add the diced tomatoes, 1 tablespoon basil, and 1 tablespoon parsley. Allow that to cook for about 5 minutes until the tomatoes are soft enough to smush. Smush the tomatoes with the back of a spoon until you have a delicious sauce. Give it a taste and add salt and pepper as needed. It's a little chunky, but that's okay. If you prefer it to be smooth, you can run it through a blender. I like it chunky <smile>. Reduce the heat to mid-low and pour 1/2 the sauce into a measuring cup and reserve. Half the sauce should be about 1 cup.
  5. You should have about 1 cup of sauce left in the skillet. Top the sauce with 2 no-bake lasagna noodles and layer on 1/2 the spinach, 1/2 the meat mixture, 1/2 the ricotta mixture, 4 slices of Wisconsin Mozzarella cheese, and about 1/4 cup of the reserved sauce.
  6. Repeat the layers using 2 more lasagna noodles, the remaining spinach, meat mixture, and ricotta mixture. Top that with 4 more slices of Wisconsin Mozzarella and 2 more lasagna noodles. Pour the remaining sauce on top and add 4 more slices of Wisconsin Mozzarella. Cover and simmer this over mid-low heat for 25 minutes or until the lasagna is cooked and the cheese is nicely melted. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes. Garnish with some herbs and shaved Wisconsin Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 mins.
Cook time: 30 mins.
Total time: 45 mins.

Tags: Cheesy Skillet Lasagna, Cast-Iron Skillet, Wisconsin Cheese, Fresh, Vegetables, Easy, Recipe, Food, #SundaySupper, Herbs


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23 comments:

  1. Definitely how I'll be making lasagna the next time. Love the spinach in it too.

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    1. I never want to make lasagna the traditional way since I've been making it in the skillet! I hope you enjoy it, Renee. Thanks!

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  2. Grumpy would love this lasagna, its his favorite casserole. I need to break down and buy a cast iron skillet!

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    1. YES! Buy a cast-iron skillet. You'll be so glad you did! You can find them very reasonably priced either at Amazon or even at Marshall's. It will change the way you cook!

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  3. It won't heat up my house, has spinach AND cheese? Score! -- Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Dorothy! Have a super week!!

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  4. Love skillet pasta dishes! Less to clean up! This lasagna looks great!

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    1. The easy clean-up is definitely a bonus! Thanks so much, Amy :)

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  5. I am sooooo drooling over your recipe! The photos are beautiful!

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    1. You are so sweet. Thanks so much Jennifer :)

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  6. Oh, boy, I'm so happy for a good reason to make lasagna in the summer! What a terrific recipe!

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  7. I'm all over this one! I'll nix the meat, but that's hardly a problem. Maybe I'll just add more cheese :-). But love the idea of a skillet lasagna!!!!

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  8. So much cheese...I just love this! Can't wait to make this easy lasagna for my family!

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  9. How can you not love a lasagna recipe that you can even whip up on a weeknight!

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  10. Now this is a beautiful sheet....er...skillet of lasagna!! :D

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  11. Cheesy Lasagna is my weakness! Looks amazing!

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  12. Oh my goodness!! As soon as I saw that fist picture I was hungry and wanting this lasagna!! Awesome!!

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