Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Microwave lasagna, or how to set cheese on fire

This is another Real Simple "classic." As if lasagna wasn't already easy enough, let's try microwaving it to save 5 minutes of cooking time.

Bomb! Epic Fail! (But still edible).

1 15-ounce container ricotta
4 cups baby spinach, chopped (about 4 ounces)
2 cups grated mozzarella (8 ounces)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan (1 1/2 ounces)
kosher salt and black pepper
1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce (2 3/4 cups)
6 no-boil lasagna noodles

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.

In the bottom of a microwave-safe 8-inch square baking dish, spread ½ cup of the sauce.

Top the sauce with 2 lasagna noodles, ½ cup of sauce, and half the ricotta mixture. Repeat.

Top with the remaining lasagna noodles, sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan.

Cover with wax or parchment paper, then a plate. Microwave on high (power level 10) until the noodles are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Cook's notes:

I would not make this again. Traditional lasagna in the oven is just as good and the cheese doesn't blacken. I didn't even cook it for the full time.

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