Can I just start by saying I HATE making lasagna? OMG it is one of the hardest things for me! I tried before and my noodles got all hard, crunchy and dried out. It was a disaster! I vowed never again to try and to accept that lasagna is something I just cannot make. I'm sure everyone has that one recipe that stumps them. For me that's lasagna. I have yet to find a cooking hack that works so I have given up.
Even when I found this recipe, I was a little sceptical but I pushed forward. I really liked that I would never have to put this in the oven and of course, with lazy in the title of the recipe, how could I resist? Of course, given how lazy I am, I didn't attempt this recipe until about 3 months after originally pinning it. It was already looking bad when I realised I bought everything for the recipe except ground turkey, and the only thing we had in the freezer was ground beef or chicken breast. I hate ground beef and haven't had beef in 11 years (the last time was the Wendy's Baccinator when it first came out - big mistake). I wasn't about to use the chicken because that would take way too long to defrost and cook, so I went with the ground chuck (which I'm a little ashamed to say I had to call my mum to find out exactly what kind of meat it was).
I used Essential Waitrose lasagna sheets because I thought that would be easier, but of course parts of my lasagna were still hard from improper cooking (ya'll I can't even lie and say I'm dedicated to perfecting this). Then it was time to cook the ground beef. I assumed it was the same process as ground turkey and it was. But I was so nervous, I forgot to season it and had to do that after the fact (trust me do not rely on any flavours from the sauce, ADD SEASONING). When it was all done, I felt like I had created a masterpiece! Don't judge me. Have you ever had that moment when you look at something you made and you just can't help but toot your own horn, pat yourself on the back and let everyone in your contact list know that you've got skills? I know I'm not the only one. This meal can easily serve a family (if everyone understands portion control). So get the recipe below and put your chef skills to the test!
Lazy Skillet Lasagna
Author: Little Spice Jar
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 35 mins
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb. lean ground beef (turkey or chicken works too)
- 1 cup yellow onions, chopped
- 5 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon EACH: dried oregano
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup spaghetti sauce, homemade or store-bought
- 5 lasagna sheets
- ½ cup any red wine
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- parsley and parmesan cheese for topping
- In a medium saucepan, cook the lasagna sheets al dente or to your liking (I like mine soft)
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and sauté the beef for 5-7 minutes, breaking down the meat so you don’t have any large chunks. Drain all the grease except for about 2 teaspoons worth.
- Add the onions and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes or until the onions become soft and translucent. Add the garlic and let cook for 30 seconds before seasoning with the oregano. When you can smell the seasonings (about 30 seconds after you add them), add the crushed tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, red wine, and cooked lasagna to the skillet, stir to combine. Allow the lasagna to come to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, cover, and allow to simmer for 15-18 minutes to until the sauce has reduce.
- Add the shredded cheese along with a sprinkle of parmesan, turn off the stove. Cover and allow the cheese to melt for about 5-7 minutes. Top with chopped parsley and additional parmesan cheese.