For those nights when you're craving Sunday dinner, without the time or energy to spend the day in the kitchen, look no further than this Gourmet Lasagna Skillet. With all the flavours of your favourite Italian dish, the lasagna is made simple in a single skillet and goes from fridge to table in just an hour.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Heat a 12” cast iron skillet on medium-high. Add olive oil and once it begins to smoke, break up the beef into small pieces and arrange in the skillet.
Sear for 5 minutes, turning after 3 minutes, until the beef is browned and slightly caramelized. Add the onion and garlic, and cook an additional 2 minutes, stirring often, until softened and fragrant. Pour in the mashed tomatoes, then stir in the red pepper flakes, and season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer while preparing the lasagna sheets.
In a small mixing bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of local Ontario ricotta cheese, local Ontario parmesan cheese, egg, and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Lay the lasagna sheets on a clean countertop. Spread an equal amount of ricotta mixture onto each lasagna sheet and roll from the short end so the cheese just begins to ooze out the sides.
Carefully place the lasagna rolls in the sauce and wiggle them in with a spoon so the sauce covers the top. Spoon a little of the sauce overtop if necessary.
Arrange the local Ontario mozzarella over the lasagna and dollop with remaining ricotta cheese. Place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes, until the cheese is golden and bubbling, and the lasagna noodles are tender.
Before serving, top with a sprinkling of additional chopped basil and Parmesan.