Monday, April 2, 2012

Lazy-agna

Are you lazy?
Do you like lasagna?

If you answered yes to both of those questions like I did, I have a recipe for you.

Betty Crocker's Lazy-Day Lasagna. 

It is pretty dang simple.

And really dang delish.

Since we already know we're both lazy, let's just get to it.


Lazy-agna
1 box of lasagna noodles (you won't need all of them, probably less than half)
1lb of ground beef (I went with extra lean 96/4)
1 Jar of Pasta Sauce (I have Trader Joe's Three Cheese)
1 Cup of Water (I got fancy and used tap water)
1 15oz container Ricotta Cheese (I got fat free)
1 egg (free range, holla!)
2 tbsp chives (chopped)
16oz Mozzerella (sliced)
Optional: 1/2 chopped onion, garlic

First up, your yoga pants on.
I totally did.
My yoga pants may have never been to yoga,
but they love helping me make lazy-agna. 

Cook the ground beef.
Drain the grease.
Pretty standard.

Meanwhile...
Chop the Chives, and mix them together with the ricotta and egg.
It's gonna turn out really pretty, like this...


Also, slice up the mozzy. 

By this time, your ground beef will be cooked, and drained.
Pour in the water,
(don't forget like I did the first time I made this...
but if you did, you can always pour some in the dish before you bake it, 
thanks mom for the tip)
and sauce, bring to a boil, reduce to low, and simmer 5 minutes.

Next up is the fun part. 
Spread 1 1/2 cups of the meat and sauce on the bottom of the pan.
Add a layer of noodles.
Spread half of the ricotta mixture.
And top with a layer of mozzarella.

Repeat layering once more.
And spread the remaining meat and sauce over the top.


Cover.
Refrigerate for 12 hours.
And get lazy.
Go catch up on your hulu, netflix, dvr.
Read a good book.
Take a nap.
Eat a bonbon or two.
After all, you already have your yoga pants on.

It's part of the recipe.

About an hour before you want to eat,
pop this into a preheated 350* oven for 1 hour.
Badabing, badaboom. 
Lazy-agna.


And if you are feeling really adventurous, you can even broil the top for about 3-4 minutes before serving.
If not, no judging.
It's lazy-agna after all.


The Final Report:
I have made this twice.
SERIOUSLY, SO EASY.
I was really nervous the noodles would turn out crunchy since I didn't pre boil them.
NOT a problem at all.
The first time, I doubled the meat, and added half a chopped onion.
It was a little extra work, and thickened up the sauce a bit.
(Well, that, and I forgot to add the water). 
I served it to some Hope Peeps, and the entire tray was devoured.
We made sure the pastor got a "double portion".



It went AMAZING with Emily's homemade garlic bread. 


This second batch is on it's way to a new mama and her family.
Along with a salad, and some s'mores ice cream sammies. 
Easy to the peasy. 

Now, go get your lazy on.



9 comments:

  1. Did you really post this at 6am, or is it just because of the time difference, as I don't call that lazy! I'm attempting to stay awake and study for finals, but I'm awfully bored and tired!

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    1. No! I wrote it right after I popped the lasagna in the fridge! :) And scheduled it to go live at 6am. :) Nerd status for sure. :)

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  2. Loving this recipe! I'll be trying it soon!

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    1. DO IT. SOOOOO SUPER EASY. And it tastes great. :)
      Double the meat. It's worth it.

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  3. This will be made by the end of the week.

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  4. Guess what?
    I'm getting my lazy on AS WE SPEAK!
    But not by making lazy-agna, just by sitting on the couch.

    But no worries.
    This looks delish and I'll make it fo sho.

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  5. s'more ice cream sammies? say what?!?!

    i call it lazy-anna, all the time. you so my kind of people. and i never boil the noodles, never. lazy all the way.

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  6. Let's pretend I just had a baby and you make this for me.

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  7. I cannot wait to make this!!!! Boiled lasagna noodles stress me out. Unboiled ones are my boyfriend.

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