10-Minute (GF + Freezable) Lasagna

>> Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OK. This recipe doesn’t take ten minutes total with bake time included -- but to prepare? Not even ten active minutes. I always have stuff to make lasagna on hand. It’s one of those quick pantry meals we make when we’re low on groceries. Plus, that’s the beauty of this recipe -- there are no rules. Use what you have, leave out what you don’t, substitute where you can.

Assemble, store, and bake when you need it.

Start by mixing the filling:

In the mix:
  • Ricotta cheese (part-skim), one small tub
  • Sliced olives
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup or so pumpkin puree
  • Couple handfuls chopped spinach
  • Salt + pepper
I set that aside and got some no-boil noodles. I decided to try a gluten-free variety made from brown rice, and they were quite good. Any no-boil noodles -- GF or standard -- should do for this recipe, though, a standard package usually includes enough to make a 9 x 13 pan of lasagna.

Just spread the uncooked noodles with the filling.

You’ll want to spread a small amount of sauce at the bottom of your pan. From there, layer your first row of noodles. Top with more sauce and spread to cover. Layer another row. More sauce + spread. Another row, etc. until you’ve used all the noodles. Top with more sauce, mozzarella cheese, and some Parmesan, if you feel so inclined.

I ended up using more than one jar of sauce, just FYI.

That whole part you just did should only take around 10 minutes! From there, you can stick this guy -- covered with foil -- in your fridge until you’re ready to bake (the passive part). Oven temperatures and cook times vary by the type of noodle. I cooked ours at 375 degrees F for around 45 minutes -- taking off the foil in the end stage of cooking to get that mozzarella browned.

We never eat an entire dish of lasagna, so I serve dinner and then refrigerate the leftovers overnight. The next morning I slice the cooled lasagna into squares and individually wrap in plastic wrap and then place the single serve portions in a freezer bag. To serve again, just thaw and bake in your oven (or in your microwave -- just be careful of hot spots!).

What’s your favorite quick pantry meal?

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