Lasagna. Layers of pasta, rich sauce, and cheesy goodness - all of my favourite things. One thing I can do without, though, is the tedious layering process of all the ingredients to get that perfect lasagna. When you come home from a long day at work or school, you need easy. More importantly, if you are a hangry girl like me who could do away with the layering, this easy cheesy skillet lasagna is just what you need.
Fresh Lasagna Noodles versus Dry Noodles
This recipe makes use of fresh lasagna sheets as opposed to the no-bake or dried versions that are available. By using fresh lasagna sheets, the cooking time is reduced significantly and there is no need to pre-boil the sheets. If you do not have fresh pasta sheets, you can of course use dry pasta, but keep in mind that this will increase the cooking time. In addition, I find that the texture of fresh pasta is better suited for this dish. In the end, he motto is work smart, not hard - especially for yummy weeknight meals.
Ditch the Ricotta - Meet Bechamel!
Now to the contentious part - ricotta cheese versus bechamel sauce. From what I know, bechamel is traditional in lasagna, and luckily that tends to be my preference when I am making it. Many people do use ricotta cheese in their layered lasagnas, but my unpopular opinion is that well, I am not a fan.
If you haven't made lasagna with bechamel sauce, I highly recommend trying it. It adds an additional silky, smooth, creamy layer that melts together perfectly with the cheese on top. Are you sold yet?