Skillet Lasagna with Spinach


Take pasta night to another level with this one skillet wonder. Use regular lasagna noodles (not oven-ready) for this recipe.

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Skillet Lasagna with Spinach


Take pasta night to another level with this one skillet wonder. Use regular lasagna noodles (not oven-ready) for this recipe.



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

⅓ cup loosely packed basil leaves

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

¾ tsp EACH salt and pepper

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


1. Heat oil in a deep 12-inch oven-safe skillet or or sauté pan set over medium-high heat. Crumble in beef; cook, breaking up with a spoon, for 5 minutes or until browned. 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.

Baby/Toddler Fast Adapt

Basic Guidelines:

• Prepare foods without adding salt

• Cook beef to 160ºF (71ºC)

• Exclude dairy ingredients until baby is 9 months of age

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

Infant Mix: Place cooked beef & pasta mixture in a blender or food processor. If needed, add breastmilk or formula for easier blending and process until smooth.

Baby Chunky Mash: Stir in some shredded mozzarella until melted. Use two knives to finely chop beef & pasta mixture into very small pieces. Add water, formula or breastmilk to thin, as needed.

Toddler Finger Foods: Cut the meal into chunks and serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and with shredded mozzarella.

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