Lasagna for Two
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 2 servings (with leftovers)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 peeled and minced shallots
- 1 carrot (peeled and diced)
- 3 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning*
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 3/4 pound 90%/10% ground beef
- 1 (15-ounce) can crushed San Marzano tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 pound dried lasagna sheets
- 1/2 cup fresh ricotta
- 1 cup shredded low-moisture mozzarella
In a dutch oven or medium pot, set over medium heat, heat the olive oil. When hot, add the shallots, diced carrot and a pinch of salt; cook until translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes. Next, mix in the garlic cloves, Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper; cook for an additional minute, until very fragrant. Add the ground beef and break it up with a spoon into crumbles. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, mixing occasionally, until browned.
Pour in the crushed tomatoes. Add about 3/4 cup water (you can eyeball this measurement) to the empty tomato can and swish it around, picking up any leftover tomatoes from the side of the can, and pour it in the pot. Next, stir in the tomato paste. Bring the sauce to a simmer and then immediately turn the heat down to low. Cover the pot and allow the sauce to simmer and merry for 30 to 40 minutes.
Uncover the pot, give it a taste test, and adjust the salt according to your liking. Allow the sauce to simmer for an additional 10 minutes, uncovered.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the sheets of lasagna and cook according to the packages directions, usually this is around 8 to 9 minutes. Drain and toss with a teaspoon of olive oil so the pasta sheets don’t stick.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. To assemble the lasagna, grab your 8 x 5-inch loaf pan. Place two sheets of lasagna pasta on the bottom of the loaf pan, overlapping them slightly. Spread around a thin layer of bolognese, top with a few dots of ricotta and a handful of mozzarella. Repeat the layering process until you’ve reached the top. The top layer should be pasta, a bit of sauce and a good amount of mozzarella cheese.
Transfer to the oven to bake for 15 to 20 minutes. To get the top layer of cheese all burnt and bubbly, turn on the broiler. Place the lasagna underneath the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, watching it the entire time. Allow to stand for a few minutes before slicing (it’ll be crazy hot!). Top with some Parmesan, if you like, and some fresh basil.
Serving: 2g | Calories: 679kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.2g | Protein: 84.7g | Fat: 22.2g | Saturated Fat: 9.8g | Cholesterol: 239mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 1372mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 6g