One Skillet Cheesy LasagnaEstimated Cost:  $12.00

Prep Time:  10 minutes

Cooking Time:  30 minutes

Serves:  6

This one skillet meal is a yummy lasagna adaptation.  Using some frozen vegetables, prepared sauce, and shredded cheese this recipe couldn’t be easier to prepare or cleanup!

1/2 lb. bulk Italian pork sausage
1/2 lb. ground beef
2 cups water
1 bag (16 oz.) pepper stir-fry frozen vegetables, thawed and drained
1 can (18 oz.) Progresso Recipe Starters creamy three cheese cooking sauce
3 cups uncooked malfada pasta (mini lasagna) OR extra wide egg noodles
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning OR oregano
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
chopped fresh or whole basil leaves, if desired

1. In a large sauté pan, cook sausage and ground beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain.

2. Stir in water, stir-fry veggies, sauce, pasta, and Italian seasoning. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.

3. Reduce heat to medium; simmer uncovered about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender. Remove from heat; sprinkle with cheese. Cover, let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with basil if desired.

Mike’s comments:

Sometimes I want to make One Skillet Cheesy Lasagna and only have the sausage or the ground beef. You can easily use 1 pound of either of the meats as opposed to a 1/2 pound of each, I’ve had this recipe both ways. If you use 1 pound of ground beef, increase the Italian seasoning (or oregano) to 3 teaspoons.

Homemade garlic bread goes really well with this one skillet meal. My favorite: Easy Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread.

If you’d rather pair this dish with a salad, try: Hostess Salad Bowl with Tangy Tomato Dressing.

Or, if you’re like me, serve all three!