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Taco Lasagna

I love Mexican food and I also love lasagna so this seemed like a no-brainer when I saw the pin on Pinterest. Plus it seemed alarmingly easy.

Adapted from a recipe on The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • Packet of taco seasoning
  • 8oz shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 15oz ricotta
  • 24oz jar of salsa
  • No-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of taco sauce
  • 1/3 cup of water

Directions:

  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet, drain the fat and add taco seasoning and 1/3 cup of water, mix well.
  2. In a greased 9×13 pan place your first layer of noodles (I put a little bit of the salsa in first so the noodles wouldn’t stick, but cooking spray would’ve been better.)
  3. Mix your ricotta and the egg together and spread half of it on the first layer of noodles.
  4. Sprinkle a third of the beef and a 1/3 of the salsa and top with 1/2 a cup of the shredded cheddar and the next row of noodles.
  5. Mix the refried beans and the taco sauce and use half the mixture on the next row of noodles.
  6. Top with 1/3 of the beef and 1/3 of the salsa and 1/2 cup of cheese. Then place the next row of noodles.
  7. Place the rest of the ricotta, beans, meat, salsa and cheese.
  8. Cover with aluminum foil and bake on 400 for 1 hour.

Verdict: Fail

So, I had such high hopes for this meal and I just didn’t care for it. This wasn’t a fail for everyone in the family, one of us quite liked it. For me personally, I just didn’t like the ricotta in my Mexican dish. I thought it would be great but it didn’t work for me. If I made it again, I would omit the ricotta and keep the beans. If you love ricotta this recipe might work for you and it really is pretty easy.

Easy Meatball Lasagna

It didn’t really come out looking like lasagna, but it was pretty yummy!

So, this was my first attempt at making a lasagna (which is the reason my noodle to everything else ratio was less than perfect) but I found a recipe I really wanted to try. Unfortunately for me the original recipe was really complicated for someone that has cooking anxiety and limited skills in the kitchen. SO, I simplified it.

Adapted from a recipe at A Nut in a Nutshell

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of frozen meatballs, thawed. (The package I bought had 26 and that was plenty.)
  • 8oz bag of shredded mozzarella
  • 30oz container of ricotta cheese
  • 1 package of no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 2- 24oz jars of pasta sauce

Directions:

  1. Cut all the meatballs in half.
  2. Then in a greased 9×13 pan, pour enough sauce to cover the bottom.
  3. Place your first layer of noodles.
  4. Cover lightly with sauce, then spread half of the ricotta cheese on top.
  5. Add your next layer of noodles and cover lightly with sauce.
  6. Place the meatball halves on the noodles and then top them with 1 cup of mozarella.
  7. Add your next layer of noodles and cover lightly with sauce.
  8. Spread the rest of the ricotta, cover with noodles and then top with the rest of the sauce and mozzarella.
  9. Bake covered at 400 for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Verdict: Tasty, but A Learning Experience

Okay, so this came out quite yummy, but I learned a few things after making it that will hopefully make it even better next time. First off, I needed more noodles. I was not sure how close together I should put them and if I should try to break them to make it work better (next time I WILL) so I feel like I didn’t have a good noodle to sauce ration. I also think it would’ve held together better. Other than that, I’m calling it a win.