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Baked Lasagna Bowls

Baked Lasagna Bowls

Baked Lasagna bowls are a great, make-ahead solution for busy weeknights. I reserve a few cups of my Bolognese or marinara sauce for exactly this purpose, but you can always use your favorite jarred sauce.
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 5 cups warmed Bolognese or marinara sauce or your favorite jarred sauce
  • 1 lb. dried cavatappi, shells, or radiatori
  • cups part-skim ricotta cheese divided
  • 2 tsp. dried Italian herbs
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°. Boil the pasta 1 minute less than the package instructs for al dente.
  2. Mix the herbs into the ricotta cheese and set aside 4 tbsp.
  3. Drain the pasta well. Mix in 3 cups of the sauce and all but 4 tbsp. of the ricotta cheese. Divide the mixture into 4 servings (just eyeball it). Into 4 ~20-oz. oven-safe bowls, layer 1/4 cup of sauce, 1 serving of the pasta/sauce/ricotta mixture, another 1/4 cup of sauce, and 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp. of Parmesan cheese.

  4. Set the bowls onto a baking sheet and place into the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, or until bubbly. Remove from the oven and top each bowl with 1 tbsp. of the herbed ricotta. Sprinkle with a pinch of parsley, if you'd like. Serve.

Recipe Notes

TO FREEZE THE BAKED LASAGNA BOWLS:
Cover with plastic wrap, pressing down against the surface of the dish. Wrap tightly with foil. Wrap extra herbed ricotta cheese in plastic wrap, then in a freezer bag; freeze near the lasagna bowls.
Put the bowls and the herbed ricotta into the fridge 1 day before you plan to eat them. Before you bake: pull off the plastic wrap and recover the bowls with foil. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes, then uncover and bake for 10 minutes more. Check with an instant read thermometer to be sure that the middle of the pasta reaches 165°. Top with the herbed ricotta and serve.