Three-Cheese Lasagna Skillet with Spinach

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Take pasta night to another level with this one skillet wonder that comes together in less than an hour. After making a savoury iron-rich meat sauce, dried noodles are tossed right in with lots of baby spinach (more iron!) and a blend of cheeses. Broiling at the end gives you that golden, gooey lasagna topping everyone loves!  

Follow the 👶 symbol in the recipe copy to know when to take Steps to make foods for 1 – infants starting solids, 2 – older infants who can manage chunkier foods, 3 – toddlers who can work with finger foods. You’ll find the method steps for children of different stages later in the recipe copy. Look for 👶 for children (6 to 8 months), 👶👶 for children (9 months to 12 months) or 👶👶👶 for children (12 month +).

Servings: 4 • Prep Time: 15 minutes • Cook Time: 40 minutes • Total Time: 55 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp canola oil

1 lb (500 g) lean ground beef

1 onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 tsp dried Italian herb seasoning

1 jar (680 mL) passata (strained tomato purée)

10 dried lasagna noodles, broken into 1-inch pieces (about 1/2 pkg)

4 cups baby spinach (about 100 g)

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/3 cup loosely packed basil leaves, torn (approx.)

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

3/4 tsp EACH salt and pepper

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

 METHOD

  1. Heat oil in a deep 12-inch skillet or sauté pan set over medium-high heat. Crumble in beef; cook, breaking up with a spoon, for 5 minutes or until browned. Drain off any excess fat and discard. Add onion, garlic and herb seasoning; reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring often, for 5 to 7 minutes or until onion is tender.
  2. Pour in passata and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. 👶 Stir in broken lasagna noodles and 1 cup additional water. Reduce heat and simmer, covered and stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Stir in 2 cups additional water. Simmer, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes longer or until noodles are tender and sauce has thickened.
  3. Layer spinach over top and cover; let stand for 3 minutes. Stir until wilted. Stir in ricotta, 1/3 cup basil and vinegar. 👶👶Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle top with mozzarella and Parmesan.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat broiler to high and position rack to center of oven. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes or until gooey and lightly browned. Garnish with additional torn basil.

Per Serving (1/4 full recipe): 727 calories, 48 g protein, 28 g fat, 69 g carbohydrate 6 g fibre, 61% DV iron, 76% DV zinc, 121% vitamin B12 (calculated with whole milk ricotta, 22.5% M.F. mozzarella

TODDLER/BABY SWITCH_UP

👶 Infant Puréed (6 months to 8 months)

Method Adjustment:

  • Remove up to 1 cup of the beef mixture (after it’s come to a boil with passata and water).
  • Spoon hot beef mixture over some chopped baby spinach in a heatproof bowl. Cover for 5 minutes; stir until wilted.
  • Do not season with salt and pepper.
  • Place beef mixture in a blender or baby food processor with cooked broccoli florets. Purée until very smooth.
  • Add water, formula or *breast milk to achieve a smooth purée

*Wait until a child is 9 to 12 months old before introducing cow’s milk.

Before serving, heat up all baby food until hot, then cool to lukewarm.

👶👶 Baby Chunky Mash (9 months to 12 months)

Method Adjustment:

  • Remove some of the noodle mixture just before adding the salt and pepper.
  • Stir in some shredded *mozzarella until melted.
  • Use two knives to finely chop cheesy pasta and beef into very small pieces.
  • Add water, *milk, formula or breast milk to thin, as needed.
  • Finely chop cooked broccoli florets and stir with additional *ricotta.

*do not use milk or cheeses, if your baby has not yet tried dairy products, or has a milk allergy or sensitivity.

To Serve:

  • Before serving, heat up all baby food until hot, then cool it down to lukewarm.
  • Sprinkle with *Parmesan cheese. Pasta mixture and broccoli mixture can be spoon-fed separately or stirred together.

👶👶👶 Toddler Finger Foods (12+ months)

Method Adjustment:

  • Remove some of the noodle mixture just before adding the salt and pepper.

Serve lukewarm, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and with shredded *mozzarella and cooked broccoli florets.

*do not use milk or cheeses if your baby has not yet tried dairy products, or has a milk allergy or sensitivity.

Storing & Freezing:

  • Prepared purée, chunky mash and finger foods can be stored tightly covered, in the refrigerator, for up to 1 day.
  • To freeze, divide into desired portions (1- to 4-oz), in airtight containers. Label all containers, with recipe name and date prepared. Freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator and warm gently before serving.

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