Saturday, April 11, 2009

Lasagna is Like Sex

There are endless ways to make it, and its always good.

Tonight, I am hosting a viewing of The Passion at my house for our families. An Easter preview of sorts. So, I'm making that classic dish known for feeding masses without much expense - lasagna. And I happen to think that my recipe for lasagna is exceptionally tasty.

I use the Barilla No-Boil flat lasagna noodles to start. I was never so elated than I was to discover that they made this - it cuts the prep down to half the time. Tonight, I'm using a simple 4-cheese marinara sauce, but I do like to use the spicy pepper/arribiata sauce too.

On top of my first layer of lasagna noodles, I start by cutting up some fresh spinach and mixing it in with the ricotta cheese. On top of this, I layer ground sage sausage (already cooked). Then another layer of noodles, some sauce, then I layer thinly sliced zucchini and squash. I sprinkle a little sea salt for flavoring, then add another layer of noodles and sauce. Then I top liberally with shredded mozzarella. I season the top with some fresh chopped basil (missing tonight), oregano, and some garlic salt. I cover with foil, bake for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and continue to bake it until the cheese begins to get golden and melted, gooey and delicious :) Yum.....

I also picked up two loaves of rosemary garlic bread. Normally, I don't serve bread with pasta to avoid carb overload, but there really isn't much pasta in lasagna.

So, tell me - what's your favorite mean way to make lasagna ;)


  1. I make a great classic lasagne with homemade noodles, ground turkey, pepperoni and italian sausage but my favorite is my seafood lasange. I make a white sauce and layer in shrimp, scallops, parmesan, ricotta and a little mozzarella. I got the recipe from cooking light and it is phenomenal. And I agree, lasagne is a lot like sex. If you do it right, it takes a long time and makes a huge mess but in the end everyone goes home happy ;-)

  2. LMAO Becca!!!! Homemade noodles????? How do you do that?? I'd never have thought to put pepperoni in - that would probably make Ace happy. He'd flip over the seafood lasagna too!

  3. Okay, I'm seriously needing some recipes here! (For the lasagna, I mean!) Hand 'em over, girls!!!

  4. Mine is a vegan veggie lasagna. I don't really care what kind of noodles I use, but I try to put in the Barilla noodles that have extra omega-3 (we vegans need extra omega-3). I use fake cheese and put in tons of broccoli, zucchini, squash, and carrots. I put in a little onion (organic onions have a lot of flavor). I usually make 2-3 layers of this with Natures Promise sauce. Yummy stuff.

  5. yes i make a seafood lasagna too - crab, scallops and shrimp in a white sauce and it is KILLLLLLLERRRRRRRR!!!!!!!! I can usually only wat half a normal slice it is so rich.
    i love a runny traditional lasagne - like with homemade tomato sauce, just a little meat and a ton of ricotta. yummmmm