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As soon as the weather starts to turn, I immediately start thinking of comfort foods.  Warm soups and stews, homemade casseroles, bread fresh from the oven – and lasagna.  Although I believe lasagna is wonderful year round, I especially crave it on a cold night.  But really, how often do I make it?  Maybe once or twice a year?  But just because it takes so stinkin’ long to make!!

So I have to say I was really intrigued when I saw this episode of 30 Minute Meals where Rachael Ray makes her version of 30 minute lasagna.  The “sloppy” part comes because you break the noodles into pieces, and everything gets mixed together – instead of spending forever and a day layering the lasagna.  I was all for trying a 30 minute version that could easily be done on a weeknight!!

The verdict?  I was quite impressed.  Ok, it did take me a little longer than 30 minutes, but then again, I do have a toddler pulling at my leg every 30 seconds.  But it was done in well under an hour.  The only complaint I have about this dish is that I thought there were too many noodles.  I would cut the noodles back by at least 25%.  And this does feed an army.  I halved the original recipe and still could have easily fed 6-8 people.  And just like any other lasagna, the leftovers the next day are even better!!  (Oh, and funny enough, she made a very similar lasagna called “Lazy Lasagna” on her talk show, but it was a spinach/mushroom version.  I’d like to try that, too!)

Sloppy Lasagna
adapted from 30 Minute Meals

serves 6-8

1 pound lasagna noodles *(but see my notes above – I would cut this down next time)
salt
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound sausage
1 small carrot, finely chopped or grated
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
1 bay leaf
freshly ground black pepper
1 small pinch ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup chicken or beef stock
14-oz can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose butter
1-1/2 cups milk
freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 cup ricotta cheese

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add salt.  Break lasagna noodles into large pieces and add to the water.  Cook until just shy of al dente.  Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil.  Add the ground beef and sausage and let it cook for 3-4 minutes.  Add in the carrot and onion, and cook until meat is cooked through.  Add in the garlic, bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste and the cinnamon.  Cook for a minute, then stir in the tomato paste.  Cook for another minute, then add in the broth.  Let the liquid reduce down for a minute, then stir in the tomatoes.  Reduce heat and simmer.

While the sauce simmers, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter.  Whisk in the flour and let it cook for a minute. Whisk in the milk and the nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.  Let it cook for a few minutes to thicken, then add in 1/4 cup of the grated Parmesan. Remove from the heat.

Heat the broiler.

Add the meat sauce to the drained pasta and toss together.  Put half of the pasta mixture into a 9×13 baking dish.  Scatter with dollops of the ricotta cheese.  Top with the remaining pasta mixture.  Pour the white sauce over the top, then sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese.  Put under the broiler until browned and bubbly.

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22 Responses to Saturdays with Rachael Ray – Sloppy Lasagna

  1. Tasha says:

    Recipes always take me a little longer due to the toddler in my kitchen!

    This sounds like wonderful comfort food made much easier. (And the spinach & mushroom variation sounds awesome too!)

  2. Barbara says:

    Looks like a yummy recipe, Deborah. (And I'm certain they always take longer than 30 minutes…she has a bit of help there.)
    I don't know what's wrong with me, but I just can't get into Rachael Ray.

  3. Vivienne says:

    Oh I'd love to make the spinach/mushroom one too!
    Yea I make lasagna twice at the most each year as well…sometimes i just want to get the frozen version because I'm so lazy! hehe

  4. Heather says:

    Ha! I just saw that RR episode where she made the lazy lasagna and thought of making it to share as part of the saturdays with Rachael Ray. but you beat me to it! I think I will still have to make it because it sounds so good!

  5. Monet says:

    You know that I love lasagna (how can I not love a casserole with cheese and pasta) but I rarely have the time to layer up a dish. Thank you for sharing a wonderful solution! Rachel Ray always has some great ideas. This would be perfect on a colder fall night.

  6. Joanne says:

    I love anything that so much as resembles lasagna and if it doesn't involve layering – total bonus! Looks delicious!

  7. Fruitloopgirl says:

    I thought the exact same thing when I saw that episode. "I can make lasagna on a weeknight! WOO!" So, I made it that very same day.
    My family quite liked it. The only complaint was that my husband and I both weren't all that fond of the nutmeg flavor. So next time I make it, it will be sans nutmeg. =)

  8. Fruitloopgirl says:

    Oh, and I totally agree about the noodles… we found the recipe to be a little noodle heavy, AND I did cut back on teh noodles a bit as it was.

  9. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    Love sloppy things! This looks good, thanks!

  10. Holly says:

    It always takes me longer to get a meal together too-i have 2 toddlers and an infant;) This meal looks like a real winner to me-printing!

  11. Sarah says:

    This looks like a super quick way to make one of my favourite pasta dishes!

    I'm a fellow food blogger and just came across yours which I love and am now following. Hope you can have a peek at mine

    http://atasteofsavoie.blogspot.com/

    Happy blogging.

  12. blackbookkitchendiaries says:

    yes, this dish is very comforting:) and your photos are so pretty.

  13. teresa says:

    oh yummy! what a great spin on lasanga!

  14. Ingrid says:

    I'm am seriously digging this! I'm all about dinner in 30 minutes especially if it's still homemade AND yummy.
    ~ingrid

  15. Brenda says:

    Deborah, all her 30 minute meals take me longer and I don't even have small children at home, lol. I bet this is yummy and thanks for the heads up on the noodles. I haven't submitted anything in ages because I haven't made anything from Rachael Ray in ages, but I made these peanut butter cups this week and they were to die for! Thanks for hosting and enjoy your weekend!

  16. scrambledhenfruit says:

    Quick lasagna is a great concept- it sounds delicious, and I don't care how sloppy it is!

  17. Kim says:

    Toddlers can definitely extend a recipe time, for sure!

    I love the idea of this sloppy lasagna. Even better is the fact that there is enough for dinner the next night too!

  18. Liz says:

    looks great and comforting

  19. Cassie says:

    I saw her make this recently and thought it looked really good. Now that I've read your glowing review, I really will have to try it! Lasagna in 30 minutes…how could any part of that be bad?

  20. grace says:

    wait, does this mean there's such a thing as neat lasagna? my tablecloth and shirts beg to differ. :)

  21. Courtney says:

    I never usually use a bechamel on lasagnas, but this was so good and really easy to make! I was able to make a huge pan of this for a family dinner and it turned out amazing. Bechamel is here to stay! :)

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