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.
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.
|You made that? Check out kitchen aids that make mixing and mashing a piece of cake.|
Family Day at Pizzeria Paradiso
What: To celebrate the resto’s twentieth anniversary, tiny toques lend a hand to chef Ruth Gresser during build-your-own pie demos.
Why: The first twenty kids get free ’za.
When: Sun., 1-4 p.m.
Where: 124 King St., Alexandria (703-837-1245).
Family Craft & Stories from Around the World
What: Drop in for free artsy activities and a tale or two (ages 3-12).
Why: Learn about faraway places without leaving town.
When: Every Wed., 7 p.m.
Where: Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW (202-282-0021).
Hansel & Gretel
What: Teatro de la Luna stages a bilingual adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic.
Why: The fairy tale sounds good in any language.
When: Sat., 11:30 a.m.
Where: Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Tickets at 703-548-3092 or online at teatrodelaluna.org. Adults and teens, $15; children, $10; under 4, free.
Photo: John Lee / Courtesy of Rodale Books