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15 Quick and Easy Family Dinners You’ll Love

When the mood strikes me, I’m more than willing to tackle a recipe that’s going to take me a while to make. The end product is usually well worth the effort! But on your average weekday, I really only have the time and patience to throw together a Rachel Ray-style 30-minute meal. But just because I want something that I can make fast doesn’t mean it can’t also be delicious!

There is a treasure trove of quick and delicious recipes out there on the web, just waiting to be discovered. Every so often (usually when I’m getting sidetracked from something important) I end up searching the web for quick and tasty-looking recipes to try out. This time I figured while I’m at it, I may as well collect a bunch of them and share them with you! Because I’m sure I’m not the only one who aims to maximize taste while minimizing time and effort. 🙂

This one-pot “lasagna” recipe from Damn Delicious caught my eye almost immediately, and I was eager to give it a try. It’s just as easy as cooking up a boxed pasta dinner, but WAY more delicious. Give it a try! And be sure to keep scrolling after the recipe for even MORE quick and delicious dinner ideas!

One-Pot “Lasagna”

from Damn Delicious


  • 3 Italian sausage links, casing removed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz farfalle pasta
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley


Heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the Italian sausage and cook until browned (about 3-5 minutes), using a wooden spoon to break it down into small pieces. Drain off any fat remaining in the pan.

Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes to the skillet alongside the cooked sausage.

Bring the mixture to a simmer, then stir in the pasta and 2 cups of water. Stir, and let the mixture come to a boil. Once it’s boiling, cover the skillet and reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through, then remove the skillet from heat.

Stir in mozzarella and parmesan into the pot, making sure it’s well combined. Using a small scoop or spoon, add the ricotta in dollops over the top of the skillet, then replace the lid for another 3 minutes or so.

Garnish with chopped parsley, and serve immediately.

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