Skillet Lasagna

My students are notoriously bad at listening.

I’ve tried my usual tricks including reading stories about naughty kids who don’t listen and the perils that are associated with it.

I was hunting through our library and came across a book series that I love with a book I thought my kids just needed to hear.

We read the story and I spoke on and on (yes, sometimes I get on my soapbox and just rant a little) about the importance of listening.

I then continued to tell students how I could tell if they were listening or not and we proceeded to make a list of ways to show we were listening.

I went so far as to tell the kids (as an example) that if they were talking to me at my desk and I was looking at my computer, I probably wasn’t really listening all that carefully to what they were saying.

“Wouldn’t that make you feel frustrated??” I lamented.

Later on that day as I was busy getting something prepared under the document camera, a student came up to me and proceeded to start talking while my attention was focused elsewhere. Part way through the conversation, the student politely said to me “Mrs. Skinner, I don’t have your eyes…” (a phrase I use many, many, many times a day)

I guess the fall is hard when you teeter off that soapbox…

Tonight’s supper looks like a recipe that is tasty, comforting and easy to make.

Courtesy of The Realistic Nutritionist

I started by breakingĀ up 8-9 lasagna noodles and cooking them according to the package.

While those were working I started the sauce. I chopped up an onion and let that cook down in some olive oil until it was soft.

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I added in 1 can of drained mushrooms and a big dollop of minced garlic and let that cook another minute or two.

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Next I added in a 29 oz can of diced tomatoes, 1/3 cup tomato sauce, salt, pepper and dried basil and let that cook until it has thickened up a bit (about 5-7 minutes).

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I added in the cooked noodles and gave it a good stir.

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Finally I added in a small container of ricotta cheese.

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I gave it a good stir and then dumped the whole thing into a casserole dish and topped it with mozzarella cheese and a dash of Parmesan. I baked it a little until the top was golden and bubbly. This step is totally unnecessary, you can just top with the mozzarella and Parmesan and serve right out of the pan.

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The verdict- This was good! You could add meat in if you are so inclined, but this was delicious and comforting just as it is. A great vegetarian option to add to our repertoire.

Weekly Meal Plan November 10-14

It’s fall break in our school district so that means 5 glorious days off of school. Don’t get me wrong, I love the kids I teach and I love my job, but after having to pin 27 poppies on and then subsequently having to keep 27 kids from poking themselves with, playing with and losing said poppies I was ready for a break. And I am going to enjoy my break.

After I finish my report cards that is…sigh…

So, of course, while I am supposed to be finishing my report cards, I am busying looking up recipes of things that I shouldn’t be eating. Stay tuned to see what I make!

Here is what I am planning this week for supper:

Slow Cooker Ribs, Rice and VeggiesChicken Noodle SoupCauliflower Alfredo PastaSkillet LasagnaFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Pork ribs
  • BBQ sauce
  • Rice
  • Broccoli
  • Chicken breasts
  • Chicken broth x 2
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Thyme
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Minced garlic
  • Linguine noodles
  • Mushrooms
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Lasagna noodles
  • Parsley
  • Basil


I asked Andrew what he wanted to have for supper this week and ribs is what he asked for. Since I am off Monday this will be a great meal to make. (even though it is so easy it is great to make on a day when I am at work)

Slow Cooker Ribs


Soup is always a welcome meal as the weather starts to turn cold. We love this chicken noodle soup because it tastes great and is super easy to make.

Chicken Noodle Soup


This “Alfredo” sauce is another favorite. I feel like I can eat lots of it because it is way more healthy than regular Alfredo sauce…not sure if that is a good thing or not…

Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce


I like lasagna but rarely make it (only on lasagna cook-off nights really..) because it does take a lot of time. This skillet lasagna looks easy and tasty, so why not right?

Skillet Lasagna