Not Your Grandmother’s Lasagna
Recipe Ideas for the Home Cook
When you think of a hearty, ooey-gooey pasta dish that will feed an army, lasagna may come to mind. Traditional lasagna you’re used to eating combines layers of tomato sauce, cheese, and meat. While the classic recipe is delicious and comforting, you may want to get more creative with some new lasagna recipes ideas.
Lasagna, traditional or not, can be intimidating to make. Cooking and assembling this dish is a labor of love, but is it too complicated for the home cook?
Absolutely not! All you need is your choice of sauce, pasta, and a filling. Don’t want cheese? Swap it for pesto. Lasagna is the perfect food to tailor to your dietary needs and preferences.
Creative Lasagna Recipes Ideas to Try
We know the possibilities are endless for creating your own lasagna, so we have compiled 5 inspired recipes for you to try tonight. While it is great to use fresh ingredients when possible, we know life is hectic. There’s not always time for a grocery run in your busy day. Luckily, all these recipes can be adapted to use dried herbs or canned ingredients—if they don’t already call for these items. No matter if you’re using fresh or dried thyme, you will impress your friends and family with these delectable lasagna adaptations.
1. Tex-Mex Lasagna
Tex-Mex is a style of cuisine popular in Texas and other Southern states. It’s a fusion of Mexican and American cuisine. Tex-Mex style lasagna gives you endless options. You can decide between mild or spicy salsa, chicken or beef, and fresh or dried cilantro. The fully-customizable fillings make this a great recipe to use for families with picky eaters. Another bonus? This recipe is perfect for reheating on nights when you need a quick freezer meal.
2. Individual Lasagna Roll-Ups
If you’ve ever eaten a traditional portion of lasagna, you know it is filling. For the nights when you want to create easy, individual portions, try making a roll-up. These rollups focus on being healthy but feel free to swap the low-fat cottage cheese for full-fat ricotta. Don’t have bundles of fresh spinach in your fridge? Not a problem. Use a bag of frozen spinach instead. Get creative, and don’t be afraid to add in your green of choice!
Tip for frozen vegetables: Make sure to thaw and drain to avoid excess liquid.
3. No-Noodle Lasagna
For veggie lovers, or those trying to avoid carbs, a no-noodle lasagna is the way to go. Zucchini is the suggested vegetable, but feel free to add your favorite. You won’t even miss the carbs as you dig into the tangy tomato sauce topped with bubbling mozzarella. Since it’s carb-free, you don’t even have to feel bad for serving yourself seconds—or thirds.
4. No-Bake Dessert Lasagna
Wait. What’s that? Lasagna for dessert? You are reading this correctly!
Part of the appeal of a no-bake dessert is the time and ease. Savory lasagna is notorious for taking quite a while to prep and bake, so you’ll love the convenience of a dessert lasagna. The lasagna party won’t stop at dinner with a cookie crust base, creamy pudding, and luscious cream topping. Feel free to choose your favorite cookies for the base, as well as your desired pudding flavor.
Make it Ahead or Take it To-Go
Congrats! You’re ready to make your own lasagna. Let your creativity run wild as you play with different fillings, alternate noodles, and dessert. How your own lasagna recipe ideas? Please share them with us!
But, remember: for nights when you crave traditional lasagna that only an Italian grandmother could make, Spizzico is here for you. Call us to order pick-up and take yummy lasagna home for dinner tonight!