Cast Iron Skillet Lasagna

This recipe originated with the Pioneer Women and happens to be my family’s all-time favorite lasagna recipe. Loading it into my cast iron skillet was a test that passed with flying colors and I’ll definitely be creating this way again.

Our Favorite Cast Iron Skillet Lasagna

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 lbs. Italian Sausage
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 14-oz. cans crushed tomatoes
2  6-oz. cans tomato paste
1 tsp. dried basil flakes
1 tsp. kosher salt
3 cups small curd cottage cheese
8 oz. ricotta
2 slices white bread, crumbled
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
2 Tbs. chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 pound Mozzarella cheese, shredded
9 lasagna noodles
1 cup grated Parmesan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add 1 Tbs. olive oil. When water boils, add lasagna noodles and cook just until al dente.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium high heat, crumble  ground beef, sausage, and garlic; cook until nicely browned, then drain fats. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil and salt; simmer for 30 minutes, over medium to medium low heat.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese, ricotta, bread, beaten eggs, grated Parmesan, salt, basil and parsley.
Assemble Lasagna
Arrange 4 cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of a well-greased large cast iron skillet, overlapping as necessary. Spoon half of the prepared cottage cheese mixture over the noodles, spreading evenly. Cover cottage cheese with a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese. Spoon a little less than half the meat/tomato mixture over the top.
Repeat layers, ending with meat/sauce mixture. Sprinkle top generously with 1 cup Parmesan. Cover skillet tightly with lid or foil.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until top is hot and bubbly and center is 160 degrees F. Remove cover during last 10 minutes of baking time.

Now You’re Cookin’,
Chef Alli 



Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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