Monday, May 16, 2016

Lasagna Bowtie Pasta



There are few dishes more satisfying than lasagna. At the same time, there are few dishes more time-consuming and frustrating to assemble than lasagna. I'll admit, as much as I enjoy cooking, I often fall into the laziness mentality and buy a frozen lasagna. Sure, it tastes mostly good, but I feel so guilty, knowing I really should make my own lasagna.

Perhaps you're like me and dislike dealing with the large lasagna noodles. After all, they are highly temperamental. So, I'm always looking for a new take on lasagna that's less troublesome. I've shared a Mini Lasagna Cups recipe before, which is great. But today, I have another take on lasagna: Lasagna Bowtie Pasta.

This recipe takes a fraction of the time of traditional lasagna, is less messy, and is delicious! Plus, since it looks more like a traditional pasta dish, it's easy to get even picky eaters interested.

INGREDIENTS

2 (14 oz.) cans petite diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 lb. Italian sausage
Salt and black pepper
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp thyme
8 ounces bow-tie pasta
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 Tbsp parsley

PREPARATION

  1. Pour the cans of diced tomatoes (including the juice) into a large liquid measuring cup, then add water until the tomato/water mixture equals 4 cups. Add in the tomato sauce and sugar. Stir until combined and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and stir until garlic begins to turn a light golden color.
  3. Add the Italian sausage and cook until browned. Salt and pepper the sausage to taste.
  4. Stir in 1 Tbsp each of oregano, basil and thyme.
  5. Pour the uncooked pasta over meat, then pour the tomato mixture over the pasta. Don't stir.
  6. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered for 20-25 minutes (or until the pasta is tender), stirring every 5 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from heat and stir in the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Stir until cheese is incorporated. Add spoonfuls of ricotta all over the pasta.
  8. Cover for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp parsley and serve!
It really is an incredibly simple dish and tasted phenomenal! The smaller bow-tie noodles are perfect for this dish, making everything perfectly bite sized.

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