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Speedy Pasta in a Pan


Although this isn’t really lasagna, the concept is the same: layers of noodles, with cheese and sauce in between. But instead of spending four hours making sauces, boiling pasta, and layering this and that — not to mention washing all those dishes — this will only take you about thirty minutes to make, and your kids won’t have to wash the pan after they have licked it clean.



2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 14-ounce can organic, diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tablespoon each chopped fresh basil and oregano
1 pound fresh or defrosted frozen cheese ravioli
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 cups tomato sauce, homemade or store-bought
8 slices fresh mozzarella, or 3 cups shredded mozzarella


Heat a large nonstick pan and drizzle in the olive oil. Over medium heat, sauté the onion and garlic until golden.

Add the diced tomatoes, basil, and oregano. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove half the tomato mixture. Top the tomatoes in the pot with a layer of uncooked ravioli, then a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, a cup of the tomato sauce, and the remaining tomato mixture. Nestle the last raviolis into the pan, topping with the tomato sauce and the mozzarella. Cover the pan with a lid or a layer of foil and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

Let the dish relax off the heat for a few minutes, just so all the excited ju­ices can calm down. Serve with pride straight out of the pan. ­­­


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8 Responses

  1. Totally trying this, looks easy and delicious!

  2. Agneta says:

    I will definitely try it SOOON, looks delicious !

  3. Jody says:

    Yum! I can’t wait to try this!
    I’ll be back for more. Thanks.

  4. [...] have had a rush-rush day, everyone is cranky and you have just stepped on some Legos (again)…“Speedy Pasta In A Pan” to the rescue! It is quick and easy a lasagna without the fuss, and it will be on your table in [...]

  5. Enviro says:

    Bag the use of non-stick everything. There is concern that the chemical in the non-stick coatings and many plastics may be causing early menopause. Convenient cooking now shouldn’t come back to bite us with illness later on.

  6. Susan Tang says:

    We’ll be making this tonight assuming I can find some whole wheat ravioli.  Sometimes it’s a cinch to find it, other times it’s like finding a needle in a haystack.  Thanks for the great Meatless Monday recipe! 

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