“It's like making a lasagna on the stove top without all the baking. Oh wait.. that's exactly it! It's pretty easy to make. My husband loves it! This recipe is adapted from America's Test Kitchen recipe titled the same, but I changed a few things.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the Onion and 1/2 tsp salt and cook until the onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the ground meat and cook, breaking apart the meat, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
  2. Scatter the pasta over the meat but do not stir. Pour on the diced tomatoes, the water and the jar of sauce over the noodles. Cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to a med-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the parmesan cheese. Dot with heaping tablespoons of the ricotta and sprinkle the top with shredded mozzarella. Let stand about 5 minutes. Serve.
  4. optional: before serving sprinklw with 2 Tbsp parmesan and 3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil.

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