Mason Jar Lasagna To-Go

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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…

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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.

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Plus, this Mason Jar Lasagna recipe features layer after layer of comfort (cheese, meat, onions, pasta and Ragu Pasta Sauce, in a cute container–which, how can you not love that?! While the beef and sautéed veggies are awesome highlights of this dish, the star of the show is Ragu Homestyle Thick and Hearty Homestyle Garlic sauce. One note, though, if you’re making this ahead of time, it’s a good idea to let all ingredients cool to room temperature before filling the jar–then just heat later, before your picnic. You can easily pop a lid on the jar, then heat it in a pan of water over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or just pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. And, the jar will hold the heat for a while, so you can take it and head out basically anywhere.
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At the end of the day, this easy Ragu Pasta Sauce recipe is awesome because you can assemble it, pop a lid on it and take it on a picnic, outside, or anywhere you might not take lasagna normally–and clean-up is ridiculously easy.  Visit the campaign landing page to learn more about the new line of Ragu Homestyle sauces and find a taste of home!
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Yield: 4 servings

Mason Jar Lasagna To-Go

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Three words: Mason Jar Lasagna. Straight-up packed with homestyle goodness for a portable and delicious dinner option my whole family loves.

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 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

Instructions

  1. Brown and Drain the ground beef, as it is cooking break the beef into small pieces
  2. As the beef is nearly done add in chopped onions, green peppers, and mushrooms, saute them together for about 6 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Warm your Ragu Pasta Sauce over medium heat for 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  5. Break Lasagna Noodles into 4 pieces, cook as directed on package.
  6. 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.

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