Sunday, April 22, 2012

Lasagna Pie

How awesome is the feeling when a recipe lightbulb goes off in your head?  And how much more awesome if the feeling with that recipe actually works out and is delicious?  Pretty dang awesome!  It started when I was pondering what to make for dinner Friday night after a hellacious week at work for the two of us.  First I thought about the comforting power and simplicity of lasagna and then I started craving crescent rolls.  Crescent rolls are the bomb.com but not the best bread to slop up the leftover lasagna sauce...what to do, what to do. LASAGNA PIE!  


The crust of course is made out of crescent rolls (a whole lot quicker and simpler than making pie crust). And the pie filling is made up of all your classic lasagna ingredients minus the noodle.  I almost put a layer of noodles but then I thought it would be weird.  And because there are no noodles in this recipe, I believe lasagna pie is even easier and quicker to throw together than a regular lasagna. Nate said dinner smelled great while it was in the oven, and when I brought him his first piece and he took his first bite he said "I could eat 10 slices of this pie!"  So I would consider this lasagna pie a HUGE success and if you don't mind, I think I'll pat myself on the back right now :)


Lasagna Pie

Lasagna Pie Slice

Lasagna Pie Crust

Ingredients
1 12oz tube of large crescent roll dough
1 lb ground beef (or sausage or even turkey)
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup marinara sauce
2 teaspoons italian seasoning
salt and pepper

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Spray a 9.5" pie dish with non-stick spray and line the dish with the crescent roll triangles.  You are forming the crust for your pie. (refer to picture)  Then bake the crust in the oven for 10 minutes.

Season the ground beef with salt and pepper.  Cook the beef over medium heat until browned / cooked through.  Drain as much grease out of the pot as possible.

Remove the pie crust from oven and add the cooked beef on top of the crust.  Form an even layer with the meat.  Sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella over top of the meat.  Place back in the oven for about 5 minutes.  You just want to melt the cheese layer.

Remove the pie from the oven and add a layer of ricotta cheese (depending on how much you care for ricotta, adjust the amount).  Pour the sauce over top of the the ricotta, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon italian seasoning.  Next, add the rest of the mozzarella over the top of your pie and sprinkle with another teaspoon of italian seasoning.

Bake the pie for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted.  Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes before slicing.  Pat yourself on the back and enjoy!

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16 comments:

  1. Just discovered your blog via Eat Yourself Skinny! Lasagne pie looks delicious! Looking forward to reading more of your posts and recipes in the future:)
    Lulu x

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    1. Welcome! So glad you stopped by. Just took a look at your blog and saw that you quit coffee. Good for you! How is that going? haha

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    1. Thanks! Just went over to your blog and saw that delicious cauliflower mash. Haven't had my breakfast yet today, so thank you for making me drool :)

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  3. What a wonderful "light bulb" moment!! I love it. :)

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    1. Aren't the light bulb moments the best? Make you think you're crazy until it works out, then you feel like a genius! Now, what else can be made into a pie...hmmmm

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  4. Dang, this is wicked cool. Great job on this pie. I love it.

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    1. Thanks! LOVE the name of your blogs. Cravings of a lunatic, can definitely relate to that!! ha

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  5. This looks SO good! My hubs would devour this :)

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  6. What a great idea using crescent dough for the crust, yum!

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  7. I'm a new follower of yours and I love the simplicity of this! Thanks for sharing!
    thenotquitemilitarywife.blogspot.com

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  8. What a fantastic idea! Looks so easy to make too! Wish I could just dig into it now.

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  9. this looks so good, great idea!

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  10. Krista, I found this on Pinterest and knew I had to make it! We have become friends on Tasty Kitchen (I'm onesassy) and I have a review for you on Taste Of Home! Here is the link:

    http://community.tasteofhome.com/community_forums/f/30/t/862274.aspx

    Thanks for the yummy recipe! :)

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    1. You know what? I used Newman's Own marinara sauce too! It is also my go-to store bought marinara. Thank you so much for reviewing! Glad your family enjoyed the pie :)

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  11. for those of you who don't like the taste of ricotta, you can substitute SMALL CURD cottage cheese (1:1 ratio). I am going to try this with cottage cheese. :)

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