So if you haven’t noticed by now in our house we aren’t really ‘beef eaters’. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good hamburger but they’re not really blog worthy. And honestly, I just like chicken and fish so much more. But meat eaters rejoice! This amazingly quick recipe for stovetop lasagna combines ingredients almost everyone has on hand and is on the table in just about 15 minutes. Think Hamburger Helper, made in the same amount of time just without the insane amount of sodium and processed ingredients. Your family will love it and it just might become a week day staple! I use ground chuck in this recipe but a lean ground beef (80/20) would work just as well.
Serves 4 – 6
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound lean ground chuck
1 tablespoon of flour
1 jar of pasta sauce or 2 14oz cans of diced tomatoes seasoned to your liking
1 box of your favorite pasta noodles, I used bowtie but rotini or elbow noodles would be a great choice as well
½ cup sour cream
½ cup grated mozzarella
½ cup fresh chopped basil
Freshly grated parmesan cheese for serving
Bring a large pot of salty water to a boil and cook noodles until almost al dente, they will finish cooking when you add them to the skillet.
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook onions in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until translucent. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add beef to skillet and a dash of salt and pepper. When beef has cooked through drain off the majority of the grease left in the pan and discard. Add flour to beef, onions and garlic and continue cooking for another 2 minutes. The flour helps to absorb any residual grease leftover in the pan so your dish isn’t too heavy. Add pasta sauce to skillet (or 2 cans of 14oz diced tomatoes) and reduce heat to low. I prefer using canned tomatoes over jarred pasta sauce, I find it contains less sodium and I can season to my liking with fresh herbs and any other seasonings I have on hand. If going this route, Muir Glen fire roasted diced tomatoes add a wonderfully sweet and smoky flavor to this dish.
Drain noodles and add to skillet with sauce and beef. Season with salt and pepper then add in sour cream, mozzarella and chopped basil...stir until well combined. Serve in large bowls covered with parmesan cheese and along side a big green salad with some hot crusty bread.