I thought this recipe was great. I made it as is with a heavy hand on the crushed red pepper. I had to keep it warm in the oven and it melted the ricotta slightly. It made the dish creamier, giving it the sensation of a lasagna. I agree with others that you can add meat but I think it is great without it. And fresh baby spinach works the best for me.
From EatingWell: January/February 2010
Here we take basic lasagna ingredients—ricotta cheese, pasta and tomatoes—and skip the layering and long baking time to make a super-quick and satisfying meal for the whole family. To cut down on prep time, look for presliced mushrooms. For meat lovers, brown some crumbled turkey sausage along with the onions and garlic. Serve with: Steamed broccoli and whole-grain baguette.
51 Reviews for Inside-Out Lasagna
Used 1lb 93% lean ground beef, chunky jarred marinara sauce, fat free ricotta and frozen chopped spinach. Turned out great, but was a little spicy for our toddler (used the crushed red pepper).
Made this with 8 oz of lean ground beef, a diced zucchini, a head of broccoli, and no mushrooms (husband won't eat them). Used a jared pasta sauce instead of the canned tomatoes, and added 1/2 tsp of Italian spice and about 1/4 cup of red wine to the mix. Cut back on the ricotta a bit and threw in small amount of mozzarella and parm, and then broiled it for about 4 minutes to melt/warm it all. Otherwise, followed the recipe. Was very tasty.
Very bland! I agree with the other comments that it could use a little spicing up. Some tomato sauce and herbs/spices would have made this recipe much better.
This recipe is delicious and a great healthier alternative to lasagna. I also added some Italian spices and mozzarella. This would taste great with some ground beef in it too.