Do you want to know something I love? Easy meals with very little clean-up. Lasagna, unfortunately, is not one of those meals. With regular lasagna you have to prepare the meat sauce, get the cheese ready, prepare the noodles, layer everything, and bake it for an hour before you can enjoy it. After doing a little research, I put together a one-pot lasagna that is delicious, easy, and doesn’t leave a mess. This meal has all of the loveliness a regular lasagna has to offer without all the effort.
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 lb ground beef
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 jar pasta sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 (12 oz) package bow tie pasta
- 1 cup Ricotta Cheese
Add your garlic, onion, and ground beef into the pot (you can also use a deep skillet to prepare this) and cook over medium heat until the beef is browned (drain the excess fat, gross). Stir in your seasonings and then pour in the pasta sauce. Fill your jar of pasta sauce with water, put the lid back on, and shake it up. Pour the jarful of water into the pot and add your pasta. You can add more water later if your pasta is too dry (I ended up with a jar and a half of water to get my pasta to the tenderness I wanted). Let your happy pot simmer until the pasta is tender, adding more water if necessary. Stir in the mozzarella and let it all blend together. Lastly, dollop the ricotta in six spoonfuls over the pasta. If you are serving this at the table (and your pot is presentation worthy) leave the ricotta in dollops on top, cover with a lid, and let it warm through before serving. Otherwise, stir in the ricotta to incorporate and warm through. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese with a colorful side salad. Heavenly!