I love lasagna. I don’t love making lasagna. It takes forever! I do appreciate the process though. Lasagna remind me of my dad. Growing up my mom did the majority of the cooking, but there were certain things that were made only by my dad – and once in a while, lasagna was one of them. I love the smell of the homemade tomato sauce simmering away on the stove all afternoon – so much better than anything you would ever get in a jar!
This dish, based on this recipe from Taste of Home Healthy Cooking, is incredibly simple and offers the same comforting flavors of a homemade lasagna without all the noodle-layering work and hours of simmering – plus it is relatively low-cal. This weekend I actually chopped up the veggies and shredded the cheese and placed them in tupperware in the fridge so this was incredibly easy to throw together after work.
First I browned one half-pound of hot Italian turkey sausage, removed from the casings, with a chopped onion, and then drained. Next I added in 14 oz of spaghetti sauce (I used Classico Fire-Roasted Tomato and Garlic – good, probably not my favorite jarred sauce), a cup of water, chopped zucchini, and egg noodles, and let the dish simmer for 10 minutes, covered.
After the noodles were cooked I dolloped part-skim ricotta mixed with parmesan cheese and parsley over the dish, and then sprinkled mozzarella on top, and let simmer until the cheese was melty and warm.
Mmm Mmm Mmm! This was sooo delicious! The huz and I devoured the whole pan – which is a modest 625 calorie serving. I loved this! I’ll make it again for sure.
Skillet Lasagna Rating: 9/10
After dinner I did some shopping around town, and one of my purchases included some new shoes. My old tennis shoes were about 7 years old. No lie! These black is really intense, but I think I like them. The gray ones were too boring for me. However, once I got home it was dark out so I didn’t even get to try running in these – tomorrow I will (as long as it doesn’t downpour!).
Currently listening to: Set Fire to the Rain – Adele.
I love Adele. My cousin Laura posted this song online tonight and I’m heart-ing it.