When my husband says “let’s go for a romantic picnic”–I know what he really means. I know what he’s secretly getting at. Sneaky snake. He’s wanting me to pull-out one of his very favorite recipes and grab a to-go order of breadsticks from his favorite pizza joint–just to get me in the woods by the lake and pretend we’re dating again. Lucky for me I have such a sweet guy on my hands. And, lucky for you, I’m willing to share this secret to a fantastically yummy lasagna without the heat of your oven. Three words: Mason Jar Lasagna. Straight-up packed with homestyle goodness for a portable and delicious dinner option my whole family loves…especially now that our “romantic picnic” is really a “family-dinner picnic” anymore…
Last week, when my husband reminded me to pick up some Ragu Homestyle Thick and Hearty Mushroom Sauce while we were at Target, well, I knew we were going to be embarking on our little family tradition of Mason Jar Lasagna and a box of breadsticks. My kids love it.
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/4 cup green pepper chopped
- 1/2 cup onion
- 1/2 cup of sliced white mushrooms
- 6 lasagna noodles
- Ragu Homestyle Thick and Hearty Mushroom Sauce
- 3 ounces of cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
Brown and Drain the ground beef, as it is cooking break the beef into small pieces
As the beef is nearly done add in chopped onions, green peppers, and mushrooms, saute them together for about 6 minutes.
In a small saucepan, combine water, milk, cream cheese and shredded cheese, over low heat melt the cheeses until they are creamy and smooth, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, transfer to a small bowl.
Warm your Ragu Pasta Sauce over medium heat for 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Break Lasagna Noodles into 4 pieces, cook as directed on package.
Then you begin to assemble your lasagna in a mason jar. Alternating Ragu Pasta Sauce, beef, noodle, cheese, sauce, meat, cheese sauce, and so on.