This cold NYC winter weather always makes me crave a hearty, cheesy meal. What better way to celebrate mother nature gifting us with this chill than to make a warm, cheesy, homemade lasagna!
I love to make lasagna because you can give it any theme. Make it with ground beef, spicy sausage, vodka sauce, or vegetarian. I prefer mine with lots of veggies and even more cheese.
To start off, cook your lasagna pasta pieces. Since the dish I used to bake it with is a round pie dish, I knew not all of them would fit the same way. The wonder of pasta is that you can make it any shape you want!
For the yummy stuffing, I start with an egg (or two if you’re making a lot!), a container of ricotta, and some vegetables. I decided to go a tomato basil route. I also had a can of artichoke hearts, spinach, and peas too. Why not throw those in?!
I added a hand full of shredded mozzarella cheese, some garlic powder, a little parm and a little bread crumbs, and mixed the filling. Now it’s time to form your dish!
Start by putting a thin layer of tomato sauce on the bottom of your dish. Lay your first sheet of lasagna sheets down to cover the bottom. I make sure they all touch or overlap so it stays together when you cut it. Next, add a big scoop of your ricotta mixture. I also added a layer shredded chicken to mine for some protein. Put another layer of sauce and so on.
You can make this dish your own simply by adding the ingredients that you like to it. To finish mine off, I put chunks of cheddar and swiss cheese, and sprinkled bread crumbs on the top to bake it. I baked it on about 400 degrees until the top was all melted- about 30-40 minutes.
My favorite part- I made some mini dishes in tinfoil trays for quick dinners and stuck them in the freezer for a cold rainy night that I don’t feel like cooking! It doesn’t get much better than that! What do you like to put in your lasagna?