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Fast & Easy Lasagna

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Everyday Lasagna is the next recipe in my collection of Favorite Weeknight Dinners.  I made this yummy dish last night and, as always, it was a huge hit!  It takes about 15 minutes to assemble—not a bad investment of time for such incredible results!  The baking time of 55 minutes total leaves a nice period of down time for relaxing or (sigh) grading papers.  Add a simple salad and some garlic bread to this main dish and you’re set!  Enjoy!

Everyday Lasagna

1 pound lean ground beef
4 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce
6 uncooked lasagna noodles
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
2 ½ cups (10 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

¼ cup hot water


1.    Preheat oven to 375° F.

2.    Lightly grease an 11 x 7-inch baking dish. 

3.    Cook beef in large skillet over medium heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.

4.    Stir in pasta sauce.

5.    Spread one-third of meat sauce in baking dish.  Layer with 3 noodles and half each of ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.

6.    Repeat procedure; spread final one-third meat sauce over mozzarella cheese.

7.    Slowly pour ¼ cup hot water around edge of dish.

8.    Cover tightly with 2 layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil.

9.    Bake for 45 minutes; uncover and bake 10 minutes more.

10.    Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Yield:    6 to 8 servings

This recipe is featured in Four Course FACS, our FACS literacy resource based on the young adult novel Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous.