Saturday, April 28, 2012

Lazy Beef Lasagna


We love lasagna any time of year. 
With this recipe, you can enjoy an easier and tasty version without all the work!


1 1/2 lbs ground beef, lean
1 TBS garlic, minced
1 jar or 26 oz. prepared pasta sauce
1 1/2 cups water
1 pkg refrigerated or frozen cheese ravioli
1 cup Italian cheese blend, shredded
salt and pepper to taste


1)  Heat oven to 400 F. 

2)  Brown ground beef with garlic in large, non-stick skillet over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until beef in no longer pink.  Pour off fat drippings. 

3)  Stir in sauce and 1 1/2 cups water, bring to a boil.  Cook and stir 2 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper. 

4)  Layer ravioli, beef mixture and cheese, 1/2 at a time, in 13 x 9 baking dish. 

5)  Bake, covered, in 400 F oven 15 minutes (20 minutes if frozen).  Uncover.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and pasta is tender.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Makes 6-8 servings. 

* Note:  I double this recipe for our family of 5 (ages 16+) and bake it in a lasagna dish.  I mix the ravioli and most of the cheese with the meat mixture; then pour it into the lasagna pan to bake.  During the last 5 minutes of baking, I top it with the leftover cheese. For a spicier palate, substitute hot Italian sausage for half of the ground beef.

Cook's Family Recipes.  Chef Ellen

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  1. Oh, this does sound yummy! Thank you for giving me another dinner idea!

  2. Looks Yummy! I will definately try this. TFS!


  3. What a fun recipe to use the ravioli like this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. You had me at lazy! :) thanks for linking with Kids in the Kitchen! I'm a B90days grad too ;)

  5. This looks SO good! I love that it is with ravioli! We are definitely going to try this one! Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" :-)

  6. What an interesting recipe - I love the addition of the ravioli! What a great quick and easy supper!

  7. Ellen, so glad to meet a fellow Georgia gal! This dish sounds wonderful and easy, I love the idea of using the ravioli, can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing at It's a Keeper, I'm following you now.

  8. I love this! What a great short cut, I can't wait to try this. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  9. yummmm Hugs and thank you for joining in the hop fun xo

  10. Hi Ellen, visiting from Real Food Wednesday. Wow, two of my favs in one dish. Who'd a thunk. Thanks and have a great week-end.

  11. Hi Ellen, This beef lasagna looks delicious and comforting :) YUM!

  12. Great solution for a quick and easy lasagne. Thanks for sharing at Cookbook Sundays.

  13. I love its name! It looks yummy :)

    Thank you for linking up to Tasty Thursday!

  14. Hi Ellen,
    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome Lasagna recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. I made this...its sooooo good! The family loved it! Thank you!

  16. You've been featured at Wednesday Whatsits!

  17. Hi Ellen. I couldn't stay away. :) I liked your recipe so much that I made it for dinner and I'm featuring your recipe as today's blog post. We really enjoyed it! Mike for the first time ever said, "It has the perfect amount of Ricotta." That never happens.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I have set to make for dinner this week. ~ Ellen


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