Lazy Lasagna

Well little Miss Been There Done That is still in the game. I am still making my kids’ lunches in Mason Jars. Astounding, isn’t it? I usually try new things and only last a very short time at it because I get bored easily, but this time the habit seems to be sticking and no one is complaining. So now everything I cook up or bake up goes in Mason Jars for easy packing in the morning. Today they set off to school with 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake baked up in 8 ounce wide-mouth Masons along with Taco Mac from my friend Michelle. The Taco Mac was a hit and the only change I made to her recipe was that I used salsa in place of the tomatoes since it was what I had on hand, and I decreased the taco seasoning to 1 T. They also go to school with fresh fruit or veggies with their main lunch and treats, so don’t pick on me for the treats, ok?

Let’s talk Lazy Lasagna because that is why we are really here. My Auntie Josie has made this one popular on my Italian side of the family. Josie is famous for throwing food together and it coming out amazing. I am not lying when I say she literally throws the food. My Ma, Josie’s kitchen floor, and I can confess to that! This was created one time when she did not want to boil lasagna noodles and layer up a proper lasagna, resulting in a dish just about the same as a layered lasagna- delicious. This recipe is perfect for 8 ounce wide-mouth Masons (the jars, not the dudes.)

Lazy Lasagna- this is a loosey goosey recipe, do as you like!
12 ounce wide egg noodles

1 pound ricotta
1 egg
1 hand full Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 cups mozzarella cheese

3 cups favorite marinara sauce
12 (8 ounce) wide-mouth mason jars or 1 9×13 inch baking dish

Boil noodles according to package directions. Drain and add back to the pot. Mix in 2 cups of sauce. In a bowl mix together ricotta, egg, Parmesan cheese, salt, and mozzarella. Fold cheese mixture gently into the noodles, do not over stir. Place in greased jars or baking dish and top with the remaining sauce, and sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese. Bake in 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.

Note- This is also good with cooked ground beef or sausage thrown in, or even some veggies. Oh and the throwing is a must.

Starting this Saturday, Oct. 1 I will be joining Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer and a bunch of other bloggers for “31 days of.” Each blogger has a different theme and we will link up so you can join along with what may interest you. Although my theme is about Fat Dreams, there will still be plenty of food, because what is a party without food?

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  1. avatar Kelly
    Posted 09/28/2011 at 7:51 AM | Permalink

    YUM! This sounds awesome. I love loosey goosey recipes since that's how I cook pretty much all the time. Oh, and I'll be sure to throw stuff around when I make it. 😉

  2. avatar Heather (Heather's Dish)
    Posted 09/28/2011 at 8:09 AM | Permalink

    i'll take it! anything in a jar is better anyway :)

  3. avatar Sandy @ RE
    Posted 09/28/2011 at 11:17 AM | Permalink

    I can't wait, girl.

  4. avatar Anonymous
    Posted 09/28/2011 at 6:56 PM | Permalink

    Are you saying you BAKE in the jars?!? How do they not break?

  5. avatar FOODalogue
    Posted 09/28/2011 at 7:12 PM | Permalink

    I love your mason jar meals. I should really do this for myself — it's a good way to stick to portion control.

    Looking forward to see what '31 days of' is about.

  6. avatar Robin Sue
    Posted 09/28/2011 at 7:13 PM | Permalink

    Anon- Glass mason jars can take the heat. But I have not tested how high. So far so good at 350. Wonder if anyone really knows the highest these things can go??

    • avatar Kathleen Lutter
      Posted 04/14/2013 at 2:33 PM | Permalink

      they go into a high temp. and pressure canner, so pretty sure they can take high temps in an oven

  7. avatar custom research paper
    Posted 09/29/2011 at 4:25 AM | Permalink

    wow Yammi picture, thanks for sahring, i am going to make this meal! It's look like deletion

  8. avatar oneordinaryday
    Posted 09/29/2011 at 7:15 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the shout out about the taco mac! :) It's a huge hit with my kiddos too, but I have to admit that I really enjoy it myself.

    Love that you're still making your mason jar meals and treats. It's really a brilliant idea, but aren't the kiddos' lunchboxes too heavy?

  9. avatar sophiesfoodiefiles
    Posted 09/29/2011 at 7:48 AM | Permalink

    OOooh Robin Sue, these indivisual portioned lasagna's look so tasty & fabulous!

    Your children are very lucky!
    MMMMMM,….!!!! :)

  10. avatar Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer
    Posted 09/30/2011 at 11:56 AM | Permalink

    I am liking your mason jar meals, you sound just like me with moving on to new things constantly :)
    Glad you a had a wonderful trip and summer break!

  11. avatar grace
    Posted 10/06/2011 at 3:48 PM | Permalink

    very clever, robin sue–you're single-handedly reviving the use of mason jars for things other than moonshine. :)

  12. avatar Jeri
    Posted 12/04/2011 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

    I love these Mason Jars, can you tell me where you got them? I've never seen them this short or wide before. <3 the recipes! Thanks! :)

  13. avatar Robin Sue
    Posted 12/04/2011 at 3:38 PM | Permalink

    Jeri- these are Kerr widemouth 8 ounce jars from They seem to be out of stock right now and I have sent off a note asking when they would be back in stock. Could be seasonal? Thanks!

  14. avatar kate
    Posted 04/04/2012 at 2:45 PM | Permalink

    I know I’ve gone as high as 425 in a mason jar with no issue.

  15. avatar katie
    Posted 06/26/2012 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

    can u make this in a jar thats not wide mouth?

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 06/26/2012 at 1:56 PM | Permalink

      Yes you can use regular 8 ounce jars or any size. The wider mouth makes it easier to eat from. Enjoy!!

  16. avatar Deanna
    Posted 08/06/2012 at 4:15 PM | Permalink

    Here’s how loosey goosey I got. I used round cheese filled ravioli, mozzarella, and sauce. They were great!

  17. avatar jt
    Posted 08/11/2012 at 7:34 PM | Permalink

    ok so my hubby is working out of town. do you think i can make this and mail it to him? I guess do I jar it the same way I jar all my fruit and veggies? how long will it last in a jar?

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 08/11/2012 at 8:56 PM | Permalink

      Hi Jennifer,
      I don’t know much on how to can these, I just freeze them or place them in the fridge. I am not sure these can even be preserved since they contain ricotta and cheese. I have not gotten into canning yet, I mostly dabble in freezer jam if I do anything like that at all! Sorry I can’t be of much help.

    • avatar Carol
      Posted 05/06/2013 at 9:21 PM | Permalink

      You should never can any food with rice, pasta or dairy in it for long term shelf storage. You can how ever do like Robin is doing and freeze them.

  18. avatar Michaela
    Posted 09/12/2012 at 1:10 AM | Permalink

    Quick question, can I place these in the freezer for up to a few months and then when ready thaw then place in oven?

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 09/12/2012 at 8:00 AM | Permalink

      Yes you can thaw these in the oven. I had one reader have luck with placing the frozen jars in a cold oven then turn the oven on. She said her jar did not break so I am looking forward to trying it. I usually defrost mine overnight in the fridge then microwave them. Thanks!

  19. Posted 10/08/2012 at 2:09 PM | Permalink

    love this website and all the juicy recipes plan on trying a lot of these this winter and the comments are very helpful keep up the good work

  20. avatar Cortney Leigh
    Posted 11/20/2012 at 10:36 AM | Permalink

    How long can you keep these before they go bad? In the fridge or in the freezer?

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 11/20/2012 at 10:39 AM | Permalink

      Up to 3-4 days in the fridge or three months in the freezer. My kids love these!

  21. avatar flo wiley
    Posted 01/26/2013 at 12:03 PM | Permalink

    i love the mason jar meals. i can share with other people in need. thank you.

  22. avatar Anna Katelyn
    Posted 05/18/2013 at 4:21 AM | Permalink

    How full do you fill the mason jars? Will there be a problem with delicious cheese rising or anything like that?

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 05/18/2013 at 12:03 PM | Permalink

      leave a bit of room at the top for expansion:)

  23. avatar Liz Wood
    Posted 10/15/2013 at 8:28 PM | Permalink

    Might want to try these recipes using the mason jars that have handles. They sell them as redneck mugs in the south. I think it would be easier to hold the jars to eat out of…even if you had to use a potholder.

  24. avatar Jean Ann Phinney
    Posted 12/16/2013 at 2:17 PM | Permalink

    I might be too practical! If a child takes a lunch of lasagna in a Mason Jar, isn’t he eating cold (or at least room temperature) lasagna? It wouldn’t appeal to me.

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 12/16/2013 at 3:40 PM | Permalink

      Thermal bags work well to keep the meals warm. My kids have access to a microwave unlike most kids but these are for adults to pack too who may have a microwave at the office. Thanks!

  25. avatar Courtney
    Posted 12/27/2013 at 1:15 PM | Permalink

    Do u let the jars cool before placing the lids on to store them or no?

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 12/31/2013 at 12:35 PM | Permalink

      No, I stick the lids right on them.

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