We all know about lasagna Bolognese, the Northern Italian casserole made with fresh pasta layered with cheese sauce and a slow-cooked meat sauce enriched with cream. But what if I told you that there was another lasagna out there every bit as decadent, involved, rib-sticking, and delicious? I introduce to you Lasagna Napoletana, a lasagna that comes stuffed with an insanely meaty and savory red sauce, small tender-crisp meatballs, slices of sausage, and not one, not two, not even three, but four types of cheese. Are you ready to have your gut busted and your mind blown? Let's go.
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Leftover lasagna is never as good as when it's fresh out of the oven. So what's the best way to reheat it? Slice it into slabs and fry them on their side for extra-crispy edges and gooey, cheesy centers.
I find the process of making lasagna extremely relaxing. I love working on the sauces and fillings and carefully assembling them all in a casserole dish before baking. Today we're going to look one of the classics. Creamy, cheesy, spinach lasagna flavored with a hint of nutmeg and a combination of white sauce and fresh ricotta. And while I'll often opt for the ease and convenience of no-boil lasagna noodles, today we're going to go all-in with store-bought fresh pasta.
Roasted squash and sage are classic fall and winter flavors. I wanted to find the best way to incorporate them into a rich, creamy lasagna. The result—after a bit of tweaking and testing, of course—was a squash lasagna with intense, rich, sweet squash flavor balanced with chunks of sage-scented browned squash and apple, all layered with a creamy Gruyère white sauce and layers of tender pasta.
Loaded with the flavors of both summer and fall, this lasagna features a garlicky mixture of eggplant, carrot, onion and prosciutto, along with a good dose of both Gruyère and mozzarella cheeses.
This two-filling, bacon-y, béchamel-laced titan of a lasagna takes some time to prepare, but the result is well worth it.
A rich, creamy, gooey, cheesy lasagna with mushrooms and Brussels sprouts.
Here's a twist on lasagna, made with layered tortillas, cheese, chorizo beans, corn and spicy, Mexican tomato sauce.
Lasagna is no less satisfying in soup form thanks to a hearty, meaty mix and cheese-laden topping.
This easy to make stovetop lasagna incorporates lean chicken and skim milk cheese, but it's every bit as hearty as the classic.
An ultra-creamy, hearty lasagna stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, and cheese. Rich enough to appease even the most hard-core meat eater.
This light Provençal lasagna is made from roasted planks of ratatouille, fresh pasta sheets, layers of unexpected herbs, and a gratinéed crust of gooey cheese.
We're loving this White Lasagna with Mushrooms and Prosciutto from Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan's Good Food to Share. Loaded with creamy fontina béchamel, caramelized leeks, and salty bits of prosciutto, this lasagna has more than enough richness to make any get-together feel like a special occasion. But when it comes to baking it, the process is hardly involved—just a bit of stirring, chopping, and layering, and 45 minutes later you're looking at a glorious tray of lasagna that needs nothing more than a simple salad and a few loaves of bread to make for a great centerpiece to any wintry dinner party.
The combination of hot sausage and simply seasoned spinach is something a little different in lasagna form, but also uncomplicated and soothing for a Sunday supper. Be sure to taste the drained spinach for seasoning before you assemble the lasagna; the seasoning is important so that the spinach layers can stand up to the sausage. Serve this lasagna with a green salad, a bottle of red wine, and some piping hot garlic bread.
This Valentine's Day, instead of blowing big bucks on a restaurant meal, why not pour a big ol' glass of red wine and whip up this lightened version of Better Homes and Gardens' Spinach Lasagna? It has all the cheesy goodness of regular spinach lasagna, minus a few extra calories.
I decided to see just how well cheese-less lasagna would go over by testing out this recipe for Lasagna with Roasted Cauliflower Ricotta and Spinach from Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Appetite for Reduction. Moskowitz uses a clever combination of whipped tofu and roasted cauliflower mixed with nutritional yeast and lemon juice to stand in for creamy ricotta.
You can feed up to six people with this hearty lasagna recipe featuring creamy mushroom sauce and Italian tomato sauce layered between sheets of pasta with cheese and beef.
This recipe for Turkey-Spinach Lasagne from The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook is one of the only recipes that I'll be sharing this week that calls for a gluten-free substitute—in this case the brown rice pasta. I was curious to see how it would compare texturally and flavor-wise to its semolina counterpart.
"Ragù Bolognese is the king of all meat sauces." [Photos: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Following this week's ricotta-fest, I found myself with a few quarts of the stuff left over. There's only so much queso fresco, paneer, or ricotta salata one...