Lasagna Pot Pie Is the Sexier Version of That Pasta You've Been Eating

Lasagna Pot Pie — Thrillist Recipes
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Eating lasagna after it’s been cut into individual servings is like watching 58-year-old Roger Moore play James Bond. There’s a little something missing, and you know it’s just not as good as it could be.

But if you make lasagna as individual casseroles, every bite has cheese, pasta, meat, and sauce, and nothing gets lost in the serving process. I also added a flaky, buttery crust that keeps any leftovers as good as the first round, even after reheating, because -- when you're basically eating the Sean Connery of pasta -- you only eat twice.

It's like Spanx for lasagna.
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Lasagna Pot Pie Recipe

Total Time: 2 hours
Yield: 6

  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 lasagna noodles (1/2 pound)
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, divided
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ½ cups (6 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

  • In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease and return to heat. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Preheat oven to 400℉.
  • Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 4 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta, 1 egg, and remaining 2 tablespoons parsley.
  • In each casserole dish, spread 3 tablespoons of meat sauce evenly on the bottom. Place a noodle over it (you may need to trim it to fit). Spread 3 tablespoons of ricotta mixture over that. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons mozzarella over it. Spread another 3 tablespoons meat sauce over the cheeses and top with 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Place another noodle over that and repeat the ricotta, mozzarella, sauce, and Parmesan layers. Cut puff pastry to fit and place on top.
  • Whisk remaining 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush the mixture over the tops of the puff pastries.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese bubbles out from the edges.
  • Cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
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