Lazy Lasagna

I can be lazy sometimes, I’ll be the first to admit it.  I was having ALL of the kids over for dinner last week to celebrate what would have been my Dad’s birthday.  Trying to decide if I had the time and the energy to cook a huge meal, much less what to cook, was almost being pushed aside in my head with “just order pizza”.  I figured something easy and fast, maybe a one pan type of meal…..but what could that be???  Then lasagna popped in my head but I knew I just didnt feel like cooking those noodles and neatly layering 2 pans of it.   So I thought I’d just continue with the lazy theme and make Lazy Lasagna.  Still had to do layers but they are sloppy layers.  Layers that have no plans or perfection.  All I do is cook the penne pasta, make the sauce and then toss things in the dish.  Done!

Here’s what I did:

I made the sauce the evening before I assembled the dish, so the sauce has time to simmer and get all yummy!!  I browned about 3-1/2 lbs of hamburger and a small onion, drained it when it was cooked and poured about 2 large cans of tomato sauce in.  The seasoning was just what I felt like at the time, other than salt and pepper I used oregano, a little dill, and red pepper flakes.  So sorry, but I was so carried away with making this sauce I never snapped any pictures *insert frowny face.

The following night I added sauce to the cooked penne pasta (almost 2 boxes), no meat just sauce, and tossed to coat all of the pasta.   Then I started to build, in a haphazard sort of way.  Sauce in the bottom of the pan, some pasta, meatsauce and then the cheese.  I used fnely shredded mozzerala, ricotta and slices of provolone.

More pasta, more meat sauce, more cheese….

Topped it with whatever cheese was left and grated parm. 

Cover the dish with foil and pop it in the fridge for the next night.  Baked it covered at 350 for about 20-25 minutes (or until heated through), remove the foil and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cheese on the top melts.

I served the dish with garlic bread only simply because I was too lazy to prepare a salad.  Being lazy, it happens sometimes.  And I love it!

PS:  I have made this with italian sausage, it is my favorite way to make Lazy Lasagna.  You can also use ground turkey, just as yummy!

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