Deconstructed Lasagna with Low Carb Pasta

On a busy weeknight, this recipe can come in handy!  Don’t spend time laboring over your family’s lasagna…it’s time to deconstruct!  Super easy, cheesy, and absolutely delicious.  Making it all in one pot is a timesaver and leftovers are “gold” the next day!

Deconstructed Lasagna in a skillet overhead shot

Let’s start with the noodles.  You can use regular lasagna noodles and break them apart, but we prefer our little pasta ruffles, or what the Italians call “mafaldine“. We actually have four totally different options to try here.  Any of these mini lasagna ruffles would work and be delish.

Side view of Lasagna Skillet, up close

Spinach Basil Garlic Pasta Ruffles or Tri-Color Pasta Ruffles are our more traditional bronze cut pasta options. If you are wanting higher protein, try our Mighty Pasta. This time we decided to use our Good Day Pasta, which is our low carb pasta.  Can’t we then eat twice as much?  Believe me, you are going to want too!:)

Individual serving of lasagna in mini skillet with large skillet in background

Instead of having to carefully layer each lasagna ingredient, which we all know takes time we don’t have, this Deconstructed Lasagna is a one pot wonder.  You don’t have to be careful!  It just works and there are so many variations you can introduce.

close up of individual skillet with glass of wine

Deconstructed Lasagna Variations?

  • Use all lean beef, or all sausage instead of a combo. Try ground turkey for a lower fat option.
  • Skip the meat and sauté a combo of diced bell peppers, zucchini, squash, eggplant, or carrots instead (about 4-5 cups total)
  • Substitute red wine for the beef broth.
  • For some zippiness, add fire roasted tomatoes, red pepper flakes or diced jalapenos.
  • Instead of fresh basil, add marjoram, Italian seasoning, and/or oregano to sauce.
  • Substitute cottage cheese for the ricotta cheese.
  • Use individual small skillets and add the cheese after you’ve filled the skillet with the pasta mixture. Then put in the oven!

Trio of individual lasagna skillets

Can this be gluten free?

  • Of course, just use a gluten free pasta of your choice!

Close up of trio of lasagna bowls with basil garnish

What about a plant based vegan Deconstructed Lasagna?

  • Use any of the meat substitutes or make it with all veggies
  • Substitute almond ricotta for the cheese (Kite Hill is a great brand), and also add approximately 2 T. nutritional yeast for additional flavor.
  • Or substitute tofu smashed and seasoned with nutritional yeast, garlic, salt and pepper.

Close up of a serving of lasagna with fork and napkin at angle

The fun part of this Deconstructed Lasagna is tucking and hiding the ricotta and mozzarella all over the skillet.  Leave a few pieces on top as it looks so pretty and appetizing.

If you want to make this ahead, you can put the skillet in the fridge after the cheese is placed, and the skillet has cooled. When you are ready to reheat, place skillet, covered with foil, in a 350-degree oven for approximately 45 minutes.  Take off foil with 10 minutes left to melt and brown the cheese a bit!

Single lasagna skillet overhead with napkin and wine glass

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Deconstructed Lasagna with Low Carb Pasta

A one pot delicious dinner with melty cheese, and all kinds of flavors! Super easy!

Ingredients

Scale

2 boxes (16 ounces) of Good Day Pasta (or substitute any short pasta shape)

1 T.olive oil

½ lb. hot sausage

½ lb. lean ground beef

½ medium onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 carrot, finely diced

1 cup beef broth

1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

1 t. kosher salt

½ t. black pepper

1 T. sugar

10 fresh basil leaves, torn

½ cup whole milk ricotta

8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into bite size pieces, or small mozzarella balls

Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water and toss with 1 T. olive oil. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Add sausage and beef to skillet over medium high heat, break apart and crumble with a wooden spoon. When about halfway browned, add onion, garlic, and carrot, and continue to cook until veggies are soft, about 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.

Add beef broth, crushed tomatoes and sugar and stir until combined.  Add fresh basil.  Bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes.

Add pasta ruffles and gently combine.  Using a spoon, tuck dollops of ricotta into the pasta mixture all around the skillet, some hidden underneath the pasta layers.  Do the same with the fresh mozzarella.

Put the skillet in the oven, uncovered, and cook until the cheese has melted, approximately 5-7 minutes.

Serve immediately and top with fresh Parmesan and more fresh basil.  Enjoy!  (I like to serve in individual bowls or skillets!)

 

Notes

If you want to make this ahead, you can put the skillet in the fridge after the cheese is placed, and the skillet has cooled. When you are ready to reheat, place skillet, covered with foil, in a 350-degree oven for approximately 45 minutes.  Take off foil with 10 minutes left to melt and brown the cheese a bit!

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2 Comments

  1. Alice on December 9, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Gotta love quick comfort food recipes! And low carb pasta makes this one even more appealing…making my list! Thank you for featuring this one!

  2. Kathy B. on December 8, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    This looks fantastic! And I love all the variations you suggested! Great ideas!!

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