I absolutely love lasagna! My family would actually agree, it’s a meal we have quite often. But then again, we love everything Italian. Spaghetti, baked ziti, chicken Parmesan, we lap it all up and salivate at the very mention of it. As time has gone on, I have tried new recipes that we have grown to love, and others that have completely failed. But I would have to say that two of our favorite recipes are lasagna and baked ziti.
One of the first meals I can remember having while visiting my future in-laws for the first time is lasagna. We have since shared many meals with them, and it’s always amazing. So one day, many years later, I finally asked my mother-in-law, what’s your secret to the perfect lasagna? She smiled and told me her secret was a jar of Ragú®! I was completely baffled! I thought for sure she spent hours laboring over the stove fussing over this delectable sauce! I was a changed person after that conversation and began to turn to Ragú® for my Italian dishes.
Now, I could eat pasta every night for dinner. My wife doesn’t allow it, but I love, love, love pasta! It’s so rich and flavorful and topped with just the right amount of cheese. One thing my wife does is try to reduce the amount of carbs we eat, and pump up our protein factor. That means that we try new things, and tonight was no different. We decided to make a Baked Black Bean Spaghetti. It’s a mash up of baked ziti and lasagna. The pasta is made completely out of black beans and is available in major grocery stores. The trick is to use two different Ragú® sauces to layer in flavor. We add some cheese traditionally used in lasagna, like ricotta and Parmesan, and, wow! The result is a layered lasagna spaghetti that is visually stunning and makes your taste buds smile.
The flavor profile from the sauces really set this dish off and the non-traditional pasta will add some excitement to an otherwise boring dinner that your whole family will love! I’d say this is a new ‘tra-dish’ in our house! Hope you enjoy this delicious recipe!
2 containers (15 oz. ea.) ricotta cheese-lowfat
2 8 oz bags of Italian shredded cheese
2 8 oz bags grated Parmesan cheese,
1 container 1/3 less fat cream cheese
2 jars of Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional or other favorite Ragú® Sauce
1 jar of Ragú® Classic Alfredo Sauce
½ pound of dry black bean pasta
1 tbs of dried oregano
1lbs of ground beef
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
2 tsp of dried thyme
1 tbs of dried oregano
1tbs of garlic powder
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a mixing bowl combine, ricotta, 1 bag of parmesan cheese, 1 bag of Italian blend cheese, eggs and garlic powder, thoroughly mixing. In a skillet brown ground beef with onions pepper and spices. Salt and pepper to taste. Assemble in a casserole dish putting a layer of Old World Style® Traditional sauce in the bottom, followed by the pasta, cheese mixture, Classic Alfredo sauce, then repeat only this time using red sauce. Repeat until pan is filled. Bake for 45 minutes and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
Here are the recipes that inspired me to make this meal. No Boiling Beefy Baked Ziti and this one No Boiling Lasagna. A time of oh no’s turned into a tasty innovation! I know you can come up with your own Tra-dish!!!! Let Ragú® Sauce inspire your dinner!