Lasagna For Two

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I know what you’re thinking. What is a woman with a house full of hungry men doing with a recipe called Lasagna For Two. Let me explain.

This scaled down lasagna baked in a loaf pan should also be known as “Date Night Lasagna” because it’s the perfect thing to have on hand to feed the kids when you head out for a dinner date. Or, for a nice meal for you and your significant other when the kids are out with their friends. There’s nothing like a quiet meal at home when everyone has left the house. Either way, it’s date night.

Baking the lasagna in a loaf pan yields just the right amount to serve two with leftovers (or two very hungry teenage boys). I like to put these together on the weekend and pop them in the freezer for a future meal.

Lets make some mini lasagna!

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The grocery list - Olive oil, zucchini, yellow summer squash, yellow onion, minced garlic, cremini mushrooms, fresh basil, salt and pepper, marinara sauce, ground beef, thyme, oregano, ricotta cheese, eggs, parsley, no boil lasagna sheets, shredded mozzarella cheese, and shaved or grated Parmesan cheese.

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I added some diced zucchini, summer squash, cremeni mushrooms, and onions to the layers to add even more flavor and texture to the dish. You can use any veggies you prefer or leave them out altogether for a more traditional style lasagna.

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Generously coat a large saute pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. Add the veggies and cook and stir for a couple of minutes. Season with a little salt and pepper. Add the garlic and cook for another two minutes then add chopped basil and continue to cook and stir for another minute. Do not allow the veggies to become overcooked or mushy. Remove pan from heat.

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Transfer cooked veggies to a dish and set aside.

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Wipe the saute pan clean with a paper towel. Coat with a little more olive oil and cook ground beef, over medium heat. Break up meat with the back of your spoon while it cooks. Remove from heat when no pink remains and drain the grease from the pan. Return pan to heat and add thyme, oregano, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook and stir for a minute, then remove from heat and set aside.

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In a medium bowl combine ricotta, eggs, and parsley. Mix well.

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Gather all the ingredients for layering around you and grab 2 loaf pans that measure 8″ x 4″ or slightly larger. Basic metal loaf pans work great. Be sure to use something freezer safe if freezing. Pour about 1/4 cup of your favorite prepared marinara sauce in the bottom of each pan.

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Place an uncooked lasagna sheet on top of the marinara in each pan. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the ricotta mixture on top of each lasagna sheet and smooth out with the back of the spoon.

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Spoon about 1/4 cup of the ground beef mixture on top of the ricotta in each pan.

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Next, the veggies. Spoon a scant 1/4 cup on top of ground beef layer.

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Cheese time! Sprinkle about 1/4 cup mozzarella and 1/8 cup Parmesan on each lasagna.

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The last layer is a little bit of sauce, about 1/4 cup.

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Begin your next layer with a new lasagna sheet. Repeat these layers two more times, ending with the fourth lasagna sheet.

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Divide the remaining marinara sauce between the two pans and spread it out over the top of the fourth uncooked lasagna sheet.

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Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Spray some cooking spray on two sheets of foil and cover the lasagnas with the foil, oil side down. This will ensure that the cheese will not stick to the foil when you remove it. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes till hot and bubbly.

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Dinner’s ready!

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Come to mama.

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I hope you try this and you love it and your family loves you for it.

Have a great weekend!

Lasagna For Two

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 2 small lasagnas

Serving Size: Each lasagna will serve two with leftovers

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 small zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 small yellow summer squash, diced
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 5 cremini mushrooms, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 (15 ounce) container part skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon dry parsley
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 1/2 (9 ounce) package no boil lasagna - 8 sheets total
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Generously coat the bottom of a large saute pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. Add diced onion, zuchinni, and yellow squash. Cook and stir for about 3 minutes. Add minced garlic and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook and stir for another 2 minutes. Add basil and cook and stir for one minute. Vegetables should be slightly softened but not mushy. Transfer vegetables to a plate and set aside.
  • Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel. Lightly coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook and stir, breaking the meat up with your spoon, until no pink remains. Drain the grease from the pan and return it to the heat. Add thyme and oregano and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 1 minute then remove from heat and set aside.
  • Mix together ricotta, eggs, and parsley in a small bowl.
  • Gather all the ingredients for layering within reach and layer as follows:
  • Place a sheet of uncooked lasagna at the bottom of two loaf pans, approximately 8" x 4", or slightly larger.
  • Spoon a scant 1/2 cup of ricotta mixture on to each lasagna sheet and spread out with the back of your spoon.
  • Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of meat mixture evenly over the ricotta.
  • Add a scant 1/4 cup of cooked vegetables to each pan.
  • Sprinkle each with 1/4 cup mozzarella and 1/8 cup Parmesan.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of marinara sauce over the top of both and place another lasagna sheet on top of it all, pressing down lightly to compress it into the pan a bit.
  • Repeat layers two more times, ending with the 4th and final lasagna sheet. Divide remaining marinara sauce between the two pans, pouring it directly over top of 4th lasagna sheet. Sprinkle each lasagna evenly with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.
  • Spray 2 pieces of foil with cooking spray and place, oil side down, over the assembled lasagnas. Cover tightly and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10 to 15 minutes or till bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and allow to sit about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Notes:

Make-ahead method: Assemble lasagna and cover uncooked lasagna tightly with foil as directed above. Wrap entire loaf pan in a second large piece of foil. Freeze for up to two months. When ready to bake, allow lasagna to thaw overnight in refrigerator. Remove outer layer of foil and bake as directed, adding about 10 or 15 minutes to baking time.

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26 thoughts on “Lasagna For Two

  1. What a great idea! One of the reasons that I usually don’t make lasagna is that you have to make so much! Love the idea and using the bread pans and just smaller stacks! Your veggie filling if perfect! I hope I DO try this!

  2. I love this recipe. And the smaller versions. I love doing up extra and freezing it. It just freezes so well. Your white dish is killing me, I must have one. Also a confession, I love the cheap Kraft parmesan in mine. I know this means I should be kicked out of the foodie world immediately. But I just love parmesan and am so used to the cheap form I can’t seem to switch over. Lol!

    • Kim, I got the white dish at Sur La Table. I really need someone to stop me from going there. They have a great clearance rack and it calls my name on a regular basis. There is no shame in liking the old school Kraft Parm. I grew up on that stuff!

  3. I love small recipes! They are so hard to find. With my daughter so small still, I usually only need to cook for my husband and I. And he seems to be allergic to leftovers so I like to make small batches for dinner. Lovely :)

  4. This is actually perfect size especially we’re trying to lose weight. Honestly I don’t know what to do with huge American size lasagna recipe – if we have to make it just for our family. People say freeze it, but I rather want to eat fresh one and don’t want to eat the same food the next day lunch and then dinner, etc. I love this one. I actually have lasagna in my pantry but never made it myself, I know it’s about time right?

  5. I must get me some cute bakeware! I’ll probably end up making these in my metal loaf pans because you said it would be ok. However, I’m sure it will taste better out of pretty bakeware (was it Erik that said PB&J sandwiches taste better when cut in triangles?) ;o)

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  7. This looks srummy. The additional layer of veggies turns this into a very classy lasagna. You have added an additional tip that I never would have thought of – to spray the tin foil before covering the dish so that the cheese doesn’t stick to the foil – duh! That solves that problem – thank you!

  8. thanks for the ideal for 2 there is only two of us so this will work well for us also sometimes there is only 1 as hubby is a tour bus driver so is gone alot so that would work well for us i just need more meals for 2 …thank you so much for sharing

  9. A really nice presentation! I like the added veggies and simplicity of your recipe. I’m going to make this for my wife and she’ll be thrilled. Thanks so much for posting!

  10. I made this as my husband and I are now “empty nesters.” It was wonderful! I would love to see any other recipes you have for two. I doubled the vegetables and used the other half of them as a side dish for another night. Perfect combination and seasoning, I will be making this again and again. Thank you!

  11. Valerie – I tried this for the first time tonight, and it was fabulous! Thanks so much for the recipe. Only problem I had was the consistency. It was a little soupy. Do you think it was the suave I used? New to your blog, and would appreciate any advice!

    • I’m glad to hear it worked out for you. As far as the consistency, you could try a different brand of sauce or just try using a bit less next time. Thanks so much for your feedback!

  12. I have also used just regular noodles, the kind you boil, and it turned out just fine. And they’re also cheaper. Also I make my lasagna in the crockpot and you would never know it wasn’t baked. You layer the same things you use when baking and set the timer. I love coming home to the smell of something that’s ready to eat.

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