Need a comforting food that is fit for the busy family?
I’m all about comfort food: wholesome, quick, easy, and convenient food. When it comes to dinner, I don’t have life as organized as I’d like; especially mid-week, when deadlines begin to pile up and activities are plentiful.
While you may think, I’ll just pop a frozen lasagna pan in the oven, and it will be ready for dinner, ask yourself this: How many times have you realized that it’s 5:45 and that lasagna pan will take more than an hour in the oven? While a traditional version of lasagna is made in a pan, this alternative will make you rethink how “complicated” you view the lasagna-making process.
The solution for busy parents is lasagna in a bowl. Inspired by this photo I stumbled upon on Pinterest from Framed Cooks, the recipe is my own. You want to add meat, chicken, or veggies? Go ahead; add those too.
This is a basic guide to modifying your favorite lasagna and a fantastic way to put dinner together from fridge leftovers by using a few simple pantry staples. Best of all: My kids LOVE this in a thermos for lunch! You’ve been warned—make extra.
Busy MOMs Lasagna – MOMables
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 25 mins
- Yield: 4
- Cuisine: Dinner
- 8 lasagna noodles, broken in half
- 3 ounces baby spinach, chopped
- 1 1/4 cups ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano or Italian seasoning
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Prepare the lasagna noodles according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
- In a small, saucepot, over medium-low heat, warm the marinara.
- In a medium bowl, combine the chopped spinach, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried oregano or Italian seasoning. Stir to combine and warm in the microwave for about 1 minute or until the cheese softens and spinach is slightly wilted.
- To assemble, ladle 1/4 cup marinara onto a plate or in a bowl, top with a lasagna noodle, then with the spinach and ricotta mixture. Top with another noodle, more sauce, Mozzarella cheese, and additional Parmesan cheese.
If you have picky eaters, you can leave the spinach to the side or omit it altogether.