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Three Cheese Broken Lasagna

Lasagna in under 15 minutes?  Call it crazy, but we’ve embraced our inner Nonna, cut some corners, and came up with this super melty lasagna that can be ready in mere minutes.

Just under 15 minutes
Any Italian grandmother would call it impossible to conjure up a legit lasagna in under fifteen minutes. We’re not in the business of defying anybody's Nonna, but we’re about to prove them all wrong. By breaking up the lasagna noodles, we can get them cooked off quickly. We pull together a scratch tomato sauce spiked with garlic, chili flakes, and fresh basil. The epic finish involves over a pound of cheese that, with a little help from the broiler, gets melty and ever so slightly browned. Sorry Nonna, we’ve got this one in the bag. Buon appetito!

must-have

garlic
4 cloves
lasagna noodles
about ½ lb. (about half a box)
canned crushed tomatoes
about 2 cups
fresh basil
a handful of leaves
mascarpone cheese
about 8 ounces
mozzarella cheese
about 8 ounces
parmesan cheese
about ½ cup (grated), plus a grate for garnish

staples

salt
olive oil

totally optional

chili flakes
a big pinch
cream cheese
in place of the mascarpone cheese

Preparation

Heat it up
Turn on your broiler. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for your lasagna noodles. Grab a large oven-proof pan and place over medium heat.
Get saucy
Grab your garlic cloves and thinly slice. Coat the bottom of the large pan with olive oil and toss in the garlic. Add the chili flakes (if you’re using them) and stir to combine.
Noodles in
Break apart the lasagna noodles and add them to the pot of boiling, salted water. Cook for about 4 minutes.
Bring it together
Add the tomatoes to the pan of garlic and season with a pinch of salt. Reduce the sauce for just a couple minutes. Add your basil (whole leaves) to the tomato sauce. Remove your broken lasagna noodles from the pot with some tongs and place them directly into your tomato sauce. Remove the sauce from the heat.
Get cheesy
Grab your mascarpone and mozzarella cheeses. If you’ve had a tough day, take a moment and squeeze the mozzarella ball for some stress relief. Tear the cheeses into big chunks and distribute over the top of the tomato sauce and noodles. Then grate your parm over the entire pan. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and grind some black pepper over the top. Place the pan under the broiler for about a minute. Once the cheese is melted and the lasagna is a bit browned on top, take it out.
Plate
Grab a plate and a big spoon. Load a heaping helping of lasagna onto your plate. Garnish with a big grate of parm and enjoy!