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Lazy Summer Lasagna

A glass plate with a pile of Lazy Summer Lasagna on top of arugula salad.

Ingredients

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  • 1 box of shell noodles 
  • 1 pound of grass-fed ground beef 
  • 15 ounces of ricotta cheese
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of basil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 minced clove of garlic
  • 25 ounce jar of marinara sauce
  • 1 cup of fresh or shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • arugula (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pre Heat your oven to 375º
  2. Cook the noodles: In a large pot boil and cook the shell pasta. Strain and set aside.
  3. Brown the Meat: In a saute pan brown the ground beef. After the meat is fully cooked add 1/4 cup of the marinara sauce.
  4. Make the filling: In a food processor blend ricotta, lemon, basil, egg, and garlic. Blend until just combined.
  5. Assemble: In a casserole dish assemble from the bottom up.
    1. Noodles
    2. half of the sauce
    3. meat
    4. ricotta mixture
    5. noodles
    6. sauce
    7. cheese
  6.  Bake: bake for 30-40 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

*If using fresh mozzarella cheese please be careful when serving young children. After it has been melted it is very chewy and can be tricky to eat. I absolutely love fresh melted mozzarella!