Lasagna in a single serving form, no more messy sloppy layered squares! I love these. Not only do they look incredible they taste incredible! I doubt I will ever make regular layered lasagna again. These are the perfect serving size, and they are so much fancier. If you ask me I think they are even easier than layered lasagna.
You will notice in the ingredients list I stated freshly grated cheese for all the cheeses, you are not allowed to use the pre-grated stuff, it’s junk especially for lasagna =). You will also noticed in the recipe that I stated to grind the cooked beef/onion mixture in the food processor for a few seconds, I do this because every really good Italian restaurant I’ve been to seems to have finely ground beef in their pasta sauces and I love it. You don’t get any large chunks of beef in your sauce, it just gives it a better consistency. If you have a small family this is a perfect dish to make the whole batch, then freeze half (unbaked) and thaw overnight the day before you want to eat it and bake the next day for dinner. I love getting two meals from one.
I would recommend serving this along with your favorite Italian bread and a fresh salad topped with The Old Spaghetti Factory’s Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing, then finishing dinner off with some Fresh Strawberry Gelato. Yum!
- 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/2 lb lean ground beef
- 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
- 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes (I'd recommend Contadina Brand)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 tsp dried basil*
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 (15 oz) container Ricotta Cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup fresh flat leaf parsley (aka Italian Parsley, its about 1 small handful), chopped
- 2 1/4 cups freshly grated Mozzarella Cheese, divided
- 3/4 cup freshly, finely grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
- 1/3 cup freshly, finely grated Romano Cheese
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drizzle one tablespoon olive oil into a large non-stick fry pan. Heat over medium high heat, crumble ground beef over oil, add chopped onions and cook mixture stirring occasionally and breaking up meat, until browned. Drain fat from beef. Pour beef mixture into a food processor and pulse for about 5 seconds until it is ground into fine pieces. Pour beef mixture back into fry pan and add crushed tomatoes, minced garlic, basil, oregano and 1 tablespoon olive oil and stir. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste then cover with a lid and simmer over low heat while preparing pasta and cheese mixture.
- Cook lasagna noodles in a large pot of boiling water along with 1 tsp salt and 2 tablespoon olive oil to al dente according to directions listed on package. Once noodles are cooked, drain and immediately line noodles in a single layer on waxed paper or cookie sheets.
- Prepare cheese mixture (I do this while pasta is cooking) by stirring together Ricotta cheese, egg, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper with a fork in a large mixing bowl until well combine. Stir in chopped fresh parsley. Add in 1 3/4 cups grated Mozzarella Cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and 1/3 cup Romano Cheese, stir mixture until well combine.
- Stir meat sauce and spread 1/3 cup evenly into a 13x9 inch baking dish by tilting pan back and forth. Spread 1/4 cup cheese mixture evenly onto each cooked lasagna noodle, then spread 1 heaping tablespoon meat sauce along the top of cheese covered noodle. Roll noodles up jellyroll style and arrange seam side down in baking dish. Cover rolled noodles with remaining meat sauce (about a heaping 1/8 cup over each) then sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese evenly over roll ups. Tent lasagna roll ups with foil (don't allow foil to rest on cheese or it will stick you just want to loosely tent to prevent the cheese from browning) and bake for 35 minutes in preheated oven. Serve warm garnished with additional chopped fresh parsley.
- *Along with the basil and oregano, you can also add in a little bit of rosemary, thyme and crushed fennel seeds if desired.
- Recipe Source: Cooking Classy