We've achieved a 30-minute version of family-favourite lasagna by breaking the noodles into bite-size pieces, stirring the ingredients together and broiling them in serving-size ramekins. You get all the cheesy, hearty flavours of lasagna, without the time-consuming process of layering.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: November 2015
broken in bite-size pieces
finely grated or pressed
Italian herb seasoning
bottle (680 ml)
strained tomatoes (passata)
extra-smooth ricotta cheese
per serving: about
Total fat22 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate57 g
In large saucepan of boiling lightly salted water, cook noodles according to package instructions until al dente. Drain.
Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook beef, onion, two-thirds of the garlic, the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally and breaking up beef with spoon, until beef is no longer pink and onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
Add zucchini; cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add strained tomatoes and honey; cook, stirring, until hot and combined, about 1 minute. Stir in noodles. Spoon into four 1 1/2-cup (375 mL) ramekins.
In bowl, stir together ricotta, Parmesan, basil, egg yolk and remaining garlic until smooth. Spoon over noodle mixture, spreading to edges of ramekins. Sprinkle with mozzarella.
Broil on rimmed baking sheet on centre rack until tops are browned and bubbly,
3 to 4 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Broiling the lasagnas on the centre rack allows the ricotta mixture to become hot and bubbly before the tops brown.
This festive main is exactly how we like our holiday meals: bursting with flavour and easy to make. The seafood is best cooked at the last minute, but the dish comes together quickly once you turn on the stove. Take the time to prep the ingredients well in advance of mealtime, then get cooking about half an hour before serving.
Prep time35 minutes
Total time35 minutes
(21 to 25 count), peeled and deveined
(20 to 40 count), patted dry
, finely grated or pressed
hot pepper flakes
dry white wine
sodium-reduced chicken broth
salt and pepper
Per each of 12 servings: about
Total fat5 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate4 g
In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; working in batches, sauté shrimp and scallops until shrimp are pink and opaque throughout and scallops are golden and opaque, about 4 minutes per batch. Transfer to plate; keep warm.
In same pan, melt 1 tbsp of the butter over medium heat; cook shallots, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and hot pepper flakes; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in wine; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced by three-quarters, about 7 minutes. Pour in broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 1 cup, about 7 minutes.
Add shrimp, scallops and remaining butter; cook, stirring, until butter is melted and shrimp and scallops are warmed through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
These crescent-shaped cookies of German origin are elegant with a drizzle of chocolate. Or dip half in chocolate or dust with icing sugar.
Portion size50 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: Holiday Best 2013
walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds
per cookie: about
Total fat8 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate7 g
In bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg yolks and vanilla.
Whisk together flour, pecans and baking powder; add to butter mixture, stirring to form stiff dough.
Using hands, roll dough by 1 tbsp into small logs with tapered ends, bending ends to form crescents. Place, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined or greased baking sheets.
Bake on top and bottom racks of 350F (180C) oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until bottoms are light golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to racks; let cool.
Meanwhile, in heatproof bowl over sauce- pan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate; let cool slightly. Set racks of cookies over waxed paper. Using fork, drizzle chocolate over cookies; let cool. (Make- ahead: Layer between waxed paper in air- tight container and store for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 weeks.)
Every bite of these easy-to-make cookies will melt in your mouth. Go the traditional route and decorate with glacé cherries or use a piping bag and star tip to pipe the dough into pretty rosettes.
Portion size28 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2015
1 1/3 cup
pecan halves (optional)
per cookie: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate8 g
In large bowl, beat butter until smooth. Beat in icing sugar until very fluffy and pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch and salt; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions to form soft dough.
Drop by 1 tbsp, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Or roll into balls and use fork tines to flatten and make indentations on the top of each cookie. Or fill piping bag fitted with star tip and pipe dough into rosettes. Top with cherry or pecan half, if desired.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350°F (180°C) oven until light golden, about 12 minutes.
Let cool completely on pans.
(Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.) Change it up: Double-Chocolate Whipped Shortbread Reduce flour to 1 1/4 cups. Whisk 1/4 cup cocoa powder into dry ingredients. Before scooping, stir 1 cup dark chocolate chips into dough. Continue with recipe as directed.
Cherry Almond Whipped Shortbread Substitute vanilla with 1/4 tsp almond extract. Before scooping, stir 1/2 cup chopped glacé cherries into dough. Continue with recipe as directed.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Customize your cookies by decorating with nuts, melted chocolate, sprinkles or chocolate-covered sunflower seeds!