Recipes: 5 Ways Makeover Your Lasagna

When the weather is rainy like its been all week in NYC, I tend to crave heavy and hearty dishes, such as delicious pasta.  Last night, to feed this craving, I made a batch of hearty and delicious Lasagna.

Admittedly, every time I cook, I look for ways to reinvent classic recipes. After scouring the internet and trying a few variations,

Here are 5 Ways to Makeover Your Next Batch of Lasagna.

1~Stuffed Italian Sausage. I usually visit my local Italian Deli and buy a pound of Italian Sausage stuffed with parsley and provolone cheese. This adds another level of flavor and another cheese to the dish. I usually make my Lasagna with approximately half ground beef and half Italian sausage.

2 ~Cream Cheese. Instead of Ricotta Cheese, I sometimes use softened cream cheese. I find that Ricotta cheese does not have much flavor. However, I find that cream cheese makes for a rich-tasting baked Lasagna.

3~Sweeter Lasagna. I find that children love sweeter lasagna and some adults do too. If I’m going for a “sweeter” tasting Lasagna, I use sweeter sauce like this one. Alternatively, if you scan the internet, there are plenty of recipes for sweeter homemade sauces that you can try.

4 ~No Bake Lasagna Noodles. I’ll admit, this change is not new for me. I ditched Lasagna noodles that require boiling, years ago. If you’re short on time or simply just don’t have the patience (like me) then no bake lasagna noodles is a must try in your next lasagna dish.

5~ Go Meatless. Instead of ground beef or Italian sausage, substitute your next batch of lasagna with some veggies. I prefer a spinach and mushroom mix but  the combinations are endless. When I’m whipping up a batch of meatless lasagna, I definitely use cream cheese instead of Ricotta cheese, which I find adds a richer flavor.

I’m sure there are a million ways to reinvent your next batch of lasagna, but these are perhaps my favorite ways. Nevertheless, get inspired by these delicious Lasagna recipes below.

Happy Cooking! -TBF

Lasagna with Sausage

~Lasagna with Sausage mozzarella, Parmesan, and Cream Cheese~

(via a Spicy Perspective)

 

Cream Cheese Lasagna

~Cream Cheese Lasagna~

(via 16th & Bliss)

Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

~Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna~

(via Damn Delicious)

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~Sweet Sausage and Three Cheese Lasagna~

(via Salt and Wind)

veggie-lasagna

~Skinny Veggie Lasagna~

(via Pinch of Yum)

Ash Renee

Ash Renee, is a practicing real estate attorney & broker in NYC. Ash loves exploring the NYC restaurant, fashion and social scene. When Ash is not practicing law or writing on her blog, she can be found immersed in a good book.