5 Lasagna Bakes That Are Not Your Mama’s Recipes

By Ellie Sher | Jan 10th, 2014

You don’t have to be from a small town in Italy to enjoy this traditional casserole. With alternating layers of pasta, luscious sauce, and plenty o’ cheese, this ultimate comfort food offers a taste of home – wherever that may be. Here are 5 spins on the classic recipe to call your own.

1. Spicy Sausage Lasagna with Basil Pesto

Hearty chunks of spicy Italian sausage, creamy pesto sauce, and a generous helping of Parmigiano-Reggiano make this classic comfort food one of the most decadent renditions. Looking to save a few steps? Achieve a dreamy sauce without all the work by using store bought pesto instead of homemade.

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2. Three Cheese Eggplant Lasagna

Third time’s a charm when ricotta, smoked mozzarella, and Pecorino Romano blanket meaty eggplant and zippy sausage. Simply leave out the sausage for the vegetarians in your life, and substitute an array of miscellaneous vegetables like squash, zucchini, or mushrooms.

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3. Pierogi Lasagna

Playing the role of pasta sheets in your baked specialty tonight will be pieorgi dough. As the signature wrap of dense potato dumplings, pieorgi dough is used to taking a back seat – always upstaged by its delicate filling. But, it claims the spotlight as the structure for this unique take on lasagna, only to be enhanced by smoky bacon and nutty gruyere cheese.

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4. Lightened Up Zucchini Lasagna

Cut down on calories (and carbs!) by losing some of the pasta. Let us assure you that alternating layers of pasta and zucchini ribbons deliver a light option without compromising flavor. Hoping to trim a few extra calories? Pour off some of the rendered fat from the sausage and start embracing a sleek new figure.

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5. 100 Layer Lasagna

Prepare yourself for the standout of the bunch. This masterpiece consists of alternating layers – 100 in total – of pasta, ragu Bolognese, and besciamella with plenty of Parmigiano-Reggiano sprinkled in between. Feeling fancy? Make your own pasta dough with this easy-to-master base recipe.

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Looking for something lighter? Try these 7 Healthy Dinners or 8 Simple Salads.