Family Meal: Classic Beef Lasagna with Roasted Garlic Bread
with ricotta and mozzarella cheese
$9.95 per serving
Prep & Cook Time:45-55 min.
Cook Within:5 days
Spice Level:Not Spicy
A note about serious food allergies
If you know anything about Garfield the Cat, he loves lasagna and hates Mondays. Dude just gets it. We think lasagna is just too awesome not to be enjoyed more often than holidays and family get-togethers. That's why we've distilled the art of baked, layered pasta brimming with ground beef enrobed in tangy marinara into an easy-to-follow recipe. It's hearty and delicious, just as lasagna should be. By the way, why does Garfield hate Mondays? It's not like he has a job...
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You Will Need
Large Oven-Safe Casserole Dish
Before You Cook
Cook the Noodles
Add noodles to boiling water and cook until noodles are pliable, but not fully soft, 8 minutes. Drain in colander under cold running water to cool. Shake off excess water and halve noodles lengthwise, so they fit in casserole dish. Place noodles on a plate, toss with 1 tsp. olive oil, and set aside. Reserve pot and colander (no need to wipe clean). While pasta boils, prepare ingredients.
Prepare the Ingredients
Mince two garlic cloves. Wrap remaining two whole garlic cloves in foil, drizzle with a drop of olive oil, and season with a pinch of salt. Combine ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese (reserve a pinch for garnish) in a small mixing bowl. Halve baguette lengthwise.
Make the Filling
Return pot used to cook pasta to medium-high heat. Add ground beef, minced garlic (reserve whole cloves for bread), 1 tsp. salt, and ½ tsp. pepper to hot pot and cook until browned and fat has rendered, 5-8 minutes. Place colander in large mixing bowl and carefully drain beef, removing excess fat into bowl. Return drained beef to pot. Add marinara sauce and ¼ cup water to pot. Stir to combine and warm through, 2-3 minutes.
Make and Bake the Lasagna
Place prepared casserole dish and foil pack containing garlic cloves on prepared baking sheet. Smear ¼ the filling in bottom of casserole dish and top with noodles, arranging and cutting noodles if necessary to fit into a single layer. Top noodles with ⅓ the ricotta cheese mixture, ¼ the mozzarella cheese, and ¼ the filling. Repeat layering two times, topping lasagna with remaining mozzarella. Bake until cheese is browned and bubbly, 35-40 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and rest 5-10 minutes before serving. While lasagna is resting, make garlic bread.
Make the Garlic Bread
Mash roasted garlic cloves into a paste and combine 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a small bowl. Spread mixture on cut sides of bread, carefully place on baking sheet used to bake lasagna, and bake until golden brown, 6-9 minutes. Cut into wedges if desired.
Plate the Dish
Cut out squares of lasagna, garnish with reserved Parmesan cheese, and serve garlic bread alongside.