One of the first blog events I ever participated in was Taste and Create, hosted by Nicole over at For The Love of Food. I still remember the delicious Apple-Banana Bread I picked from my partner, A Whisk and a Spoon's blog. Delicious ... and something I never would have chosen to make on my own. I don't like to bake so I rarely do it. I find that I skip over those sorts of recipes and usually don't even think about making them. That's the great thing about the Taste and Create event; it can push you outside of you comfort zone a little and let you try something different. Usually with great results.
This month I was paired with one of my favorite bloggers: Bellini Valli of More Than Burnt Toast. I had big plans because looking at her blog, I couldn't decide on just one recipe. I mean with recipes like Greek-Inspired Chicken Burgers or Greek Salad with Oregano Marinated Chicken, or Bourbon and Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Garlic-Chive Mashed Potatoes, I could plan the whole menu for next month just from this blog! (Can you hear my family in the background saying "Please do!!" LOL!) Reality intervened and before you know it, it was time to post my Taste and Create Dish. I looked around to find a recipe that I already had the ingredients for and came up with Skillet Lasagna. I figured it would be good. It's pasta. It has cheese. Gotta be good, right?
It's not good.
Skillet. Lasagna. Is. Awesome!
We all loved it, and that doesn't happen all that often around here. All three kids ate it and commented how good it was. Picky ds even asked why I hadn't made this when his friends spent the night last weekend! Woohoo! Definitely a keeper. :-) (Shhh! Don't tell them it had spinach in it! Somehow they didn't notice.) I did make a slight change. I used Italian sausage instead of ground beef. And I added some sauteed onions and garlic as well. Quick easy and delicious. And all the kids liked it. My idea of a perfect recipe!
This month's event is being hosted by Min from The Bad Girls Kitchen. Be sure to check out this month's Taste and Create event!
Recipe from More Than Burnt Toast
8 oven-ready lasagne noodles (in this case Mafaldine)
1 pkg chopped spinach
1 lb lean ground beef
3 cups pasta sauce (your choice or homemade)
1 cup partly-skimmed ricotta cheese
1 cup (4 oz) pizza shreds ( a blend of mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan and Romano cheeses) or other shredded cheese blend of your choice
Place skillet over high heat. Add beef and cook breaking up clumps with a wooden spoon,
about 3 minutes until no longer pink. Add pasta sauce and ½ cup water and bring to a
Add noodles and spinach to pan. Cover and simmer 5 minutes (10 minutes if using Mafaldine), stirring.
Dot with spoonfuls of ricotta cheese, then sprinkle with cheese shreds. Cover, reduce heat to
low and cook 3 minutes until cheese melts.