I’ve been a chef for 15 years. I’ve mastered a broken lasagna that’s better than the original.
Instead of boiling it, you’ll just need to bake all the noodles, sauce, and cheese in one pan.
Adding ricotta and fried garlic makes the final, mess-free dish both creamy and crunchy.
Lasagna is a classic dish that can seem a bit time-consuming to make. Luckily, my no-fuss broken lasagna takes everything you like about the traditional dish and simplifies it.
Here’s how to make it:
This dish needs only one pot and a few ingredients
This recipe has a bunch of the basics – noodles, chopped tomatoes, mozzarella – but the secret ingredient is garlic. Make sure it’s thinly sliced when you fry it so it becomes a crispy topping.
I use ribbon-shaped pasta that look sort of like skinny lasagna noodles and I cook them in the same pot as the sauce for an extra-gooey meal.
A chef’s trick is also to season each ingredient as you cook, making the entire dish all the better. We’ve all had lasagna that looks amazing but tastes like nothing.
You can actually do the first few steps ahead of time if you want to make most of the dish ahead.
Just store the saucy noodles and fried garlic in your fridge and add cheese and bake when you’re ready.
My favorite final touch for the lasagna is adding dollops of ricotta so you achieve crispy, cheesy corners and add in a creamy texture.
A no-boil lasagna isn’t traditional, but you should try it if you’re looking for an easy meal
1. Slice your garlic cloves into thin chips. Put a large oven-safe pan on the burner and turn the heat to medium. Add the olive oil and when it shimmers add the garlic, keeping a close eye on how brown it’s getting. After a minute or two, it should be almost golden brown. Scoop out the chips, add a sprinkle of salt, and reserve.
2. Add the tomato paste, stirring to distribute it evenly. The oil may sputter, so you might want to cover it with a lid. After a minute or two, add the two cans of tomatoes and the box of pasta. Stir to combine and then add two 14-ounce cans of water. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine. Cover with lid and let it simmer for 18 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Mix ricotta with salt and pepper to taste. Turn oven on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. When the pasta is done, stir half of the cheese into the pasta mixture. Add another chunk to the top of the pasta and bake until bubbly or about 10 minutes. Broil for two to three minutes on high.
5. Scatter the fried garlic over the top and serve, along with dollops of ricotta.
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