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One-Pan Lasagna Recipe

tyler florence lasagna!

You’ve already had Tyler Florence in your living room (on TV, people) and on a plane (thank heavens Sprout organic baby food comes in pouches).

Now the gorgeous chef is turning up the heat in your kitchen with a recipe that uses just one pan. Swoon.

One-Pan Lasagna
Serves four adults or eight kids

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. lean ground grass-fed beef
1 28-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
4 baby carrots, scrubbed
1 sm. yellow onion, cut into wedges
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1 c. organic chicken stock
½ c. part-skim ricotta cheese
3 oz. fresh spinach leaves, stems removed and coarsely chopped
4 lasagna noodles, broken into 1½-inch pieces
4 oz. fresh mozzarella, cubed

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add beef and cook, breaking meat up with a wooden spatula, until browned, 5-7 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic in a food processor and chop until coarsely ground but not completely smooth.

4. When meat is browned, pour off accumulated fat. Add tomato mixture, stock, ricotta, and spinach; combine thoroughly.

5. Bury noodles in sauce and sprinkle mozzarella evenly over all.

6. Bake lasagna uncovered until cheese is melted and bubbling, 10-15 minutes.

7. Remove pan from oven and let stand uncovered for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Find more family-friendly meal ideas in Tyler Florence’s Start Fresh cookbook, available online at amazon.com, $12.

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17 White St
Porter Square Shopping Center
Cambridge, MA 02140
19 Shipyard Dr
The Launch at Hingham Shipyard
Hingham, MA 02043
685 Mass Ave
Arlington, MA 02476
Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
19 Harvard St
@ Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445