All the flavor of traditional lasagna with a fraction of the effort to make it! These Lasagna Sloppy Joes are the perfect way to get you lasagna fix any night of the week!
Thanks to O Organics® and the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions are my own.
One of my favorite Italian meals is lasagna. I absolutely love all those layers of pasta, meat sauce and cheese! I always think of lasagna as a special occasion meal because quite frankly it’s a time consuming pain in the rear to make. Unless it’s someone’s birthday, anniversary or a special holiday you won’t see me slaving over this dinner. So, how’s a girl supposed to get her lasagna fix when she’s too lazy to make the real thing? Lasagna Sloppy Joes of course!
I have to say I’m pretty proud of how well these Lasagna Sloppy Joes turned out. I knew the recipe was a keeper because even my husband let out a “mmmm!” when he took his first bite, then proceeded to tell me how good it was as he inhaled the rest of it. It takes a lot for me to get a reaction like that from this man. I usually have to ask what he thinks of the meal if I want any type of critique.
So what’s so great about these Lasagna Sloppy Joes? First, they’re far easier to make than a traditional lasagna and they still have all the flavor that you expect. There’s plenty of meat sauce to pile onto toasted garlic bread and then my favorite part, the ricotta, is piled on top with melted mozzarella cheese to finish it off. I kept these sloppy joes open-faced so I could stick them under the broiler and have all that melted cheese on top like you have with traditional lasagna. This is more of a fork and knife sloppy joe because you’re gonna want to pile everything extra high on that garlic bread!
Generally when I make lasagna or a meat sauce I use ground turkey, but this time I used ground beef. Beef isn’t something I eat a whole lot of, but every once in a while I get a craving for it. When I do use it, I stick to a good quality organic grass-fed beef, such as O Organics® lean ground beef. I think a lot of people are still under the impression that in order to get quality organic products you have to go to a specialty grocery store or that the product they’re looking for isn’t available organic. Luckily the local Safeway and Albertsons stores here in the Denver area not only carry the O Organics® grass-fed ground beef I needed, but the baby spinach, shredded mozzarella cheese and over 300 other organic items. Everything from produce to cereals and snacks, and wholesome dairy and meat. They’re even adding over 100 new items this year! O Organics® makes it easy to add organic items to any meal without the hassle of driving all over town looking for something then having to pay a ridiculous amount of money for it.