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Fresh Mozzarella Skillet Lasagna

Fresh Mozzarella Skillet Lasagna

You can literally make and serve this recipe within an hour from start to finish. The preparation is made easy with “oven-ready” lasagna noodles that do not require boiling. This is definitely one of my family’s favorite recipes for the taste and mine for the preparation.

I love the fresh mozzarella for the texture and subtle flavor it gives to the lasagna. And I am bending my seasonal rules by using fresh basil but it is so easily found that I am using it in this wonderful autumn recipe. I use store-bought marinara sauce to save time, although homemade obviously would be great, too. Italian chicken sausage is my preference, but you can also use pork sausage, if you prefer.

Fresh Mozzarella Skillet Lasagna
 
Serves: 5-6
Ingredients
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound Italian chicken sausage, cases removed
  • 3 cups Marinara sauce
  • ½ pound fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 8 oven-ready (no boiling) lasagna noodles
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan
Instructions
  1. Stir together ricotta, water, salt and ⅓ cup Parmesan; set aside.
  2. Brown sausage in an 11 to 12-inch skillet over medium heat, breaking up clumps, until cooked through about 7-8 minutes. Stir in 2 cups marinara sauce (reserving remaining sauce for end of assembly). Reduce heat to low.
  3. Put 2 lasagna noodles on center of sauce and sausage mixture; break two additional noodles into pieces and fill in to the edges of skillet.
  4. Gently spread the ricotta mixture over the noodles, spreading to edges of skillet. Lay mozzarella slices over ricotta, then arrange basil over mozzarella. Put 2 more noodles on center over cheese and basil; break two remaining noodles into pieces and fill in to the edges of skillet. Pour remaining marinara sauce evenly over noodles, spreading to edges of skillet; sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.
  5. Cover and simmer over low heat until noodles are soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow sitting 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

 


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