Polka Dot Lasagna Skillet

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Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef
1 teaspoon fennel, crushed
1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 cups pasta sauce
2 cups bowtie pasta, uncooked
2 1/2 cups water
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

Brown the ground beef in a large skillet and drain any excess fat.

Return the skillet to the stove and add the crushed fennel, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and onion powder, stirring until the beef mixtures becomes slightly fragrant. Add the pasta sauce, uncooked pasta, water, and red pepper flakes. Stir and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover, simmering for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until the pasta is full cooked.

Meanwhile, combine the ricotta, egg, Parmesan cheese, basil, flour, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and mix until combined. Scoop large dollops of the cheese mixture on top of the cooked pasta in the skillet taking care to space them out.

Cover the lid and cook additional 5 minutes or until the cheese mixture has set.

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