Monday, March 8, 2010

Clean out your fridge Lasagna

Lasagna is pretty easy to make.  Boil some noodles, layer in a pan with other stuff, throw it in the oven.  Yet it can go wrong.  It can be heavy, too cheesy, and... boring.  Here are a few tips to inspire a little variety:

  • Make your own noodles!  It's easier than you think.  Plus, you can make them more flavorful with herbs, and I think they have a more substantial feel (especially helpful for vegetarian lasagna).
  • Raid your fridge.  A lot more can go into lasagna than tomato sauce, cheese, and meat.  Here I used some mushrooms and whole fresh basil leaves.  Try different kinds of onions, peppers, eggplant, artichoke hearts, spinach, sundried tomatoes, fresh herbs, pesto, etc.
  • Change up the cheese.  A combination of ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan is typical.  Here I used only ricotta for a lighter meal, with a sprinkling of gruyere on top.  Try some fresh goat cheese.  Go crazy and make a blue cheese lasagna!
Think of it this way: anything you could put on a pizza, you can put in lasagna.  Have fun experimenting and enjoy!

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