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Sunday, May 5, 2013

[Easy & Simple Lasagna]

Easy and Simple Dinners can go a long way. One of my favorites is my easy Lasagna Dish...

I usually get most of my supplies for this recipe from Trader Joes.
• 1 to 2 packages of Four Cheese Ravioli
Found in the cold food section at your local Trader Joes. You may try other type of ravioli, but the four cheese is good for Lasagna
• 1-2 jars of Three Cheese Tomato Sauce
• Vegetables ~ I choose depending on the inspiration.
- Spinach; fresh or frozen
If frozen, thawed per instruction.
- Zucchini; fresh
If using fresh, Slice thinly to layer with other veggies.
- Artichoke hearts; canned or frozen.
 If frozen, pre-cook in oven till browned with a little splash of olive oil, dash of salt.
-Eggplant; fresh or frozen
If using fresh, Slice thinly to layer with other veggies.
Trader Joes has a nice frozen roasted eggplant that you can thaw out or pre-cook till brown....
• 1 cup of ricotta cheese
• 1 package Mozzarella cheese (Shredded or Sliced)
• 1 package of Grated Parmesan cheese

1. Pre-heat Oven to 350F
2. Cook ravioli per direction. Then drain and rise with cold water
3. Prep Veggies; If you are cooking with fresh eggplants or zucchini, thinly slice them. If you are cooking with frozen, thaw or pre-cook per instruction.
Use a casserole dish or glass baking dish to cook in :
4. Make your first Layer of ravioli, place one next to each other to cover the bottom of the dish
5. Add your veggies; layer them like the ravioli.
6. Add a layer of Three Cheese Tomato sauce, evenly spread over veggies.  
7. Add your cheeses; spread the ricotta cheese followed by a layer of mozzarella with some parmesan cheese
8. Repeat steps 4~7
9. Your top layer should finish with tomato sauce sprinkled with mozzarella and parmesan cheese
10. Cover with aluminum wrap and bake in oven for 45 minutes to 50 minutes.
11. Take off the cover for last 15 minutes to get a little crusty, adjust to your tastes.

My Friend Nicole had requested the veggie version of the recipe, but if you like a little more spice, I recommend adding a pound of cooked ground beef and a few links of spicy Italian sausage.

To complete your easy Italian dinner I would add a fresh green salad with black olives, feta cheese, splashed with Italian Style Dressing, serve with warm olive bread, or your rustic style bread of choice.