I built my microwave-destined lasagna the same way I would a regular lasagna. Thanks for this recipe, dear! 6 no-boil lasagna noodles. (They're also faster and easier to work with). Thanks for the ideas- my roommates are going to love the lasagna. live in Mcminnville, Oregon where my husband Northern California college town that built an Cover and heat for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. The no-bake noodles were the ideal thickness and, as long as they were slathered in marinara, they softened in the sauce without getting soggy. Take a tip from my mother- She always made two at a time. Thank you so much for this post!! 11 Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese Recipes, Do Not Sell My Personal Information – CA Residents, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided. Cover tightly and microwave on high until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. and make wine in the heart of Oregon wine In the bottom of a microwave-safe 8″ square baking dish, spread 1/2 cup of the sauce. Barry, Jerry and Larry come to Thanks so much for saving me from more school food!! Got rave reviews from my husband! In a bowl, combine the ricotta, spinach, 1-1/2 cups of the mozzarella, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. !Thanks for all your hard work!! Cover with wax or parchment paper, then place a plate on top on top of the wax paper . Layer with 3 noodles, half the cottage cheese mixture, half the remaining meat sauce and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. To revisit this article, select My Account, then View saved stories. 4 cups baby spinach, chopped (about 4 ounces), buy the bagged spinach to my weird and wonderful world. well that’s kind of clever. I’ve escaped from a peculiar This lasagna recipe works like magic! never thought of that one. Directions. I will make your lasagna, my 12 yo daughter would love it with the spinach! Make Polenta In a microwave-safe baking dish or large bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup cornmeal, 3 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Hopefully Mom and Dad sent you off with a set of Pyrex bakeware, like the one shown above. Thanks for all the tips! Microwave on high in 15-second intervals, checking in between. Very simple and awesome! I don’t use my microwave much for things like this, but I rarely make things that don’t fit in my toaster oven anymore (lasagna, tenderloin, cookies) – cooks so much faster and easier in there and doesn’t heat up my whole kitchen. Step 5, Pour off drippings. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. Since 1995, Epicurious has been the ultimate food resource for the home cook, with daily kitchen tips, fun cooking videos, and, oh yeah, over 33,000 recipes. I might have to try this! I’m gonna have to try all of them! I say "was a microwave snob" because I've been pleasantly surprised—shocked, even—by the recipes our test kitchen has created using this oft-disparaged appliance. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Looks great! If the fish is not fully cooked, microwave, covered on high in 45-second intervals. One for immediate use and one unbaked placed in the freezer. Let stand 5 minutes. This article is part of Epi Loves the Microwave, our exploration (vindication?) Microwave on high for 40 seconds to 1 minute. dish. Delish! Repeat. It was great and perfect for those busy work days. I repeated the layers a second time, then covered the lasagna with parchment, then with an overturned plate. If you don’t have one of these 8 x 8, square, glass pans, you can pick one up at the grocery store or at Target for about $7 or $8 dollars. Cover and microwave on low power in 1-minute intervals, tossing in between, until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Tasty and better texture than most traditional oven lasagna recipes. A good investment since you can make this again and again. I have a microwaved scalloped potato recipe that is fantastic. Pour water along edges of casserole on short sides of dish. Just made this tonight for my husband and me. I’m Cathy. While the lasagna cooks, use your oven to bake some rolls or bread to complete the meal.—Betty Ruenholl, Syracuse, Nebraska. Bake a Potato Rub a potato with olive oil and place on a microwave safe plate. Ad Choices. That meant not cooking any of the ingredients ahead of assembly and using store-bought marinara sauce. I can’t believe it was all made in a microwave. This sounds much better!!! I’m all about making homemade microwave meals. This information will not be used for any purpose other than enabling you to post a comment. Step 4, Cook on High 4 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time. Layer remaining noodles, cottage cheese mixture and meat sauce. Make Popcorn Place 1/2 cup popcorn kernels in a large microwave-safe bowl with 1 Tablespoon olive oil or canola oil. But something else you can add is pre-cooked crumbled sausage! Reheating lasagna from the refrigerator should not … « Sun-Dried Tomato Dip with Roasted Garlic and Kalamata Olives, Peanut Butter, Celery and Raisin Sandwich ». Epicurious may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. Microwave, uncovered on high until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, 15 to 18 minutes. I mentioned that next time I’ll use garlic salt instead of regular, and he told me no, don’t change a thing! 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese Carefully remove the husks and the silk. Step 1, Place zucchini in 1 1/2 quart micro-proof baking dish, add the water. Step 3, Crumble meat into 2 quart glass mixing bowl. In a bowl, combine the ricotta, spinach, 1 ½ cups of the mozzarella, ¼ cup of the Parmesan, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. mind. Since I was using the microwave to save time, I wanted the rest of the prep to be fast and easy, too. That's probably why, even though I own a microwave, I rarely use it, and certainly not for cooking. All of this is to say that this was the wrong assignment for somebody who was a microwave snob. When I worked on the recipe for Our Favorite Lasagna with Sausage, Spinach, and Three Cheeses, I tested fresh, dried, and no-bake noodles and was amazed that we preferred the texture of the no-bake noodles. Cover and microwave on low power in 1-minute intervals, tossing in between, until soft, 4 to 5 minutes What about a dish that usually takes an hour or more to bake—could the microwave work its magic on that? Will try it out! dish. Steam Artichokes Place 2 trimmed artichokes in a deep microwave-safe baking dish with 1 Tablespoon of water. Filed Under: Entrée, Kid Friendly, Pasta, Vegetarian. Microwave on medium high (70%) 14-16 minutes or until heated thoroughly. A great, quick meal to throw together after a hard day of classes or taking care of kids. I can make it ahead of time and have him microwave it when he gets home. In the bottom of a microwave-safe 8-inch square baking dish, spread ½ cup of the sauce. I layered sauce, noodles, a seasoned ricotta-spinach mixture, sliced mushrooms, and cheese. Hey this recipe looks fantastic! I will (try) to send her a link to this . Directions In a microwave-safe dish, microwave beef on high for 3 minutes; stir. I browned some ground beef and added it to the cheese/spinach mixture. Home Recipes Cooking Style Comfort Food. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. 22 Comments. Allow to stand 10 minutes. Made this last night and it was delicious and really easy to make. I live the apartment life, myself, on a very low budget. We can make it and eat the same day! Place alternate layers of zucchini, cottage cheese mixture, ground beef mixture, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese and bread crumbs in baking dish. When I came to terms with the fact that Epi was dedicating a week's worth of stories to the microwave, I had one thought: How the hell am I going to make the recipes taste good? I was flabbergasted. This lasagna also has a nice dose of veggies in the way of spinach, your Mom will like that. As a volunteer food editor for Taste of Home I love seeing the classic recipes! Warm Tortillas Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel. However, I have to admit, this is also the perfect recipe for a busy Mom like myself who at 4 PM remembers she never took anything out of the freezer for dinner. Other Things You Can Easily Do With a Microwave Eek! Warm Maple Syrup Place syrup in a microwave-safe measuring cup. She would simply pull it out the day before she wanted to use it. I remember my freshman year in college — I had a little hot-plate and would boil fresh angel hair pasta, toss it with Newman’s Own Salad dressing and tuna fish. It's almost hard to believe that this traditional, mouthwatering dish comes from the microwave. Cook 2 minutes longer or until no longer pink; drain well. We always chose to cook the ground beef on the stove top first. Cover with a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high power until the majority of the kernels have popped, 3 to 5 minutes. . Being from Australia, I’d like to clarify what no-boil lasagne sheets are. Gluttony is my sin of choice. I figured they might work in the microwave, too.