While some vegetarian lasagnas consist of little more than pasta with everyday tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, there are indeed ways to dress up the family-friendly casserole to take advantage of bold flavors and seasonal ingredients. Instead of traditional marinara sauce, for example, experiment with no-cook pesto or a creamy cheese sauce, and incorporate fresh produce like good-for-you cauliflower, earthy mushrooms or bell peppers for added taste and texture. Food Network Magazine follows suit in its top-rated recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna (pictured above), a hearty pasta bake made with in-season squash and comforting bechamel sauce.
The trick to making this lasagna lies in its assembly. After roasting butternut squash with onions until it’s sweet and tender, begin building the layers of ingredients: first, a sage-laced cream sauce, then noodles, more sauce, a trio of Italian cheeses and finally the prepared veggies. This pattern will continue until the casserole dish is nearly overflowing with fall-fresh flavors and rich cheesiness, at which point you can bake the lasagna until it’s warm, bubbly and browned on top. Once the lasagna is cooked, it’s best to let it rest for about 15 minutes before serving; this will help the sauce thicken and ensures that the pasta keeps its shape instead of oozing out when sliced.
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Perhaps the ultimate family-friendly meal, lasagna is a no-fail favorite that shines at both Sunday suppers and everyday weeknight dinners alike. All it takes to make a timeless Italian recipe is meat, cheese, pasta and sauce, but thanks to some of your Food Network chefs like Alton, Ina, Paula, Giada and Rachael, it’s simple to transform the classic into an extra-special dish. Check out Food Network’s top five lasagna recipes below to learn the stars’ secrets to easy, deliciously dressed-up lasagna, then browse Food Network’s entire collection of lasagna recipes for more fuss-free meal ideas.
5. Enchilada Lasagna — Alton relies on a homemade enchilada sauce featuring chipotle chiles, fresh garlic, cumin and tomato sauce to marry flavors in his Mexican-inspired lasagna, filled with tender chicken and topped with queso fresco before being baked until bubbly.
4. Turkey Lasagna — Swap out classic beef or pork and replace with sweet Italian turkey sausage to make Ina’s big-batch lasagna, featuring four different cheeses, including Parmesan, mozzarella, ricotta and goat cheeses.
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If you’re looking to update Mom’s tired, predictable lasagna to something fresh, seasonal and full of flavor, try recipes from some of your favorite Food Network stars, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis. Both chefs are sharing can-do recipes to help you transform this tried-and-true comfort food and put good-for-you winter produce to work. Check out their veggie-packed lasagna recipes below, then tell us in the comments: What’s your favorite way to enjoy lasagna?
Bobby’s big-batch Wild Mushroom and Cauliflower Lasagna (pictured above) is a rich, comforting dish made with two different sauces: a garlic-laced tomato sauce and a smooth, buttery cauliflower sauce with Romano cheese. He assembles this crowd-pleasing casserole by layering the sauce between partially cooked lasagna noodles, a creamy ricotta-herb mixture, sauteed mushrooms and a sprinkle of cheeses, then bakes the dish until it’s piping hot and bubbly. Let it sit for about 15 minutes once it’s removed from the oven before digging into the all-in-one supper, so that the melted cheeses don’t ooze out into a hot pool when you cut into the lasagna.
Though grilling season is in full swing, you don’t have to forgo your favorite plates of pasta until the fall. Lasagna, in fact, can be cooked just as easily on the grill as it can in the oven. Just a few simple steps is all it takes to prepare traditional lasagna in a very nontraditional way.
Food Network Magazine’s Grilled Lasagna (pictured above) is made in easy-to-assemble aluminum-foil packets that are sturdy enough to hold the classic ingredients inside of them. No-boil noodles form the base of the lasagna, which is layered with sliced ripe tomatoes, fresh spinach and a garlic-laced mozzarella-Parmesan cheese mixture. Thanks to the steam cloud that forms in the pouch while it’s grilled, the noodles become soft, the cheeses melted and the spinach wilted. For an added dollop of indulgence, open the packet before serving and top each square of lasagna with creamy ricotta cheese and in-season basil.
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Mexican lasagna: Meat-free and flavor-packed.
Lasagna is one of those dishes I reserve for the winter months, when I want something warm and comforting. This Mexican Lasagna, which uses tortillas in place of lasagna noodles, has some added heat from ...
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While some lasagna recipes require Bolognese and bechamel sauces, multiple pots and pans and a few hours in the oven, this one calls for just a single sauce and only 20-25 minutes on the stove. No-bake lasagna noodles are nestled between layers of fresh tomato sauce, sliced vegetables and creamy ricotta cheese, becoming soft as they cook in the skillet and absorb moisture.
Continue with the Italian-inspired dishes and round out your dinner with Giada’s Mixed Green Salad With Sherry Vinaigrette and Rachael’s easy, cheesy Garlic Bread, ready in fewer than 10 minutes.
Get the recipe: Skillet Lasagna from Food Network Magazine
Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.
Just in time for the Thanksgiving season, we’re giving away Rachael Ray’s Orange Lasagna Lover and matching Bamboo Spoonula. Melt cheesy lasagna, crisp a cobbler, serve a tray of tacos or use it as your fruit bowl — it’s that versatile.
You can buy one right now, but we’d like to give you a chance to win one. All you have to do is comment on this post by telling us which one of Rachael’s Thanksgiving recipes is your favorite and why. We’re giving away one orange Lasagna Lover and Spoonula to one randomly selected and very lucky commenter.
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If you’re looking to keep your kitchen cool this summer, but don’t want to miss out on your favorite pasta dishes like lasagna, try experimenting with no-cook noodles. Becoming tender with just a drizzle of water inside a foil pouch, you can layer with whatever sauces, cheeses, meats and veggies you like.
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Just in case you need a reminder and haven’t had your calendars marked since this time last year, today is National Lasagna Day: a day when flat noodles, cheese and tomatoes meld into one heavenly stacked and saucy dish. The recipes below feature the best lasagna has to offer, with classic ingredients, new flavor combinations and, of course, the ease and simplicity of weeknight summertime cooking.
Just when you think you’ve already grilled everything you possibly can, Food Network Magazine introduces Grilled Lasagna (pictured above). No-cook noodles make for a completely stove-less dinner, as they become tender with just a drizzle of water inside a convenient foil pouch. Use this recipe as a starting point, and later fill your lasagna with whatever sauce, cheese and veggies you like.
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