Short-Cut Beef Lasagna

Short-Cut Beef Lasagna

Skip the layering and five-step lasagne process and try this Super Simple Beef Lasagna recipe as a Family Meal.

You’ll Need

  • 1 lb (4 cups) rigatoni pasta
  • 1 Tbsp Canola oil
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb (.453 kg) lean ground beef
  • 1 (900ml) jar pasta sauce
  • 1 (796ml) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 container ricotta or cottage cheese
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 pkg frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove excess water

Prep and Cook

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2
    Lightly oil a 9" x 13" baking dish.
  • 3
    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • 4
    Add pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • 6
    Add onion and cook over medium heat until softened.
  • 7
    Add ground beef to the same skillet, and cook until brown.
  • 8
    Drain any excess fat from the pan.
  • 9
    Stir in garlic, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • 10
    Add cooked pasta to the pot of sauce and stir until combined.
  • 11
    In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 2 eggs, nutmeg, ricotta cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese (be sure not to add all the cheese to this mix).
  • 12
    In the prepared baking dish, pour in half of the pasta with sauce, top with spinach and then cheese mixture.
  • 13
    Pour the rest of the pasta with sauce on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  • 14
    Bake for 15 minutes until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted and brown.

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