Picky Palate Inspired Me: Lasagna Ciabattas

You all know by now that I am new to the blogging world. A late bloomer, if you will. One of the first sites that I found was Jenny over at Picky Palate. I absolutely love her blog. She is everything that I am not -- a good photographer, a fantastic cook, etc. I don't think she even knows that I exist, much less knows that I am a huge fan. I fully admit to being a lurker on her site and have a ton of her recipes printed out. Okay, I must stop gushing about her...but here is my last plug...visit her site and you will understand.

Anyway, I tried this recipe the same week I saw it and have made it three times since. It's a great standby, incredibly easy to make and is delicious. What more can you ask for? Goodness, I sure have built this up haven't I? Try this, savor it and pass it on to your friends.

Garlic Toasted Open Faced Lasagna Ciabattas
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lb ground Italian Sausage(I used ground beef)
1 26 oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce
8 leaves fresh basil, chopped (I used dried herbs)
15 oz container ricotta cheese
½ Cup grated parmesan cheese
1 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon Italian Seasoning
8 garlic roasted ciabatta rolls
1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese (yeah, I didn't do this...)
Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place oil into a medium dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Cook sausage until browned, about 5-7 minutes; reserve ¼ Cup of sausage for ricotta. Reduce heat to low and stir in pasta sauce and basil leaves. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Place reserved ¼ Cup sausage, ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, salt, pepper and Italian Seasoning into a medium bowl. Stir to combine.

Split each ciabatta roll and place cut side up onto a large baking sheet. Spread ricotta mixture over each roll, about ¼ Cup (*you probably won't use all of ricotta.). Top with a couple spoonfuls of pasta sauce, and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted and hot. Remove, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.


Jenny said...

Thanks so much for all those nice things you said about my blog. So glad you enjoyed these ciabattas, I love them!

Have fun with your blog, I'll be back to visit!

Anonymous said...

Wow! These look and sound tasty! Definitely one to bookmark. Thanks. :)

Cynthia Matzat said...

These look great! I think I'll put them on my menu for this week.