Okay, well… Lasagna needs no introduction – we all know how magnificent it is – but hear me out: there’s a misconception surrounding this lovely Italian dish. Basically, many of us still believe that making lasagna is only for the pros. Thinking about the “complexity” of the dish itself, makes us feel overwhelmed, and therefore, the idea of cooking lasagna seems only like a distant dream.
Friends, today I’m here to give you my testimony, which pretty much concludes that lasagna is one of the easiest dishes to make in the history of the planet earth. Because of this, I feel morally obligated to share the recipe with you.
My lasagna recipe is basic – perfect for those making it for the first time – but it has my personal touch. I add some ingredients that a regular lasagna wouldn’t include, only because I want to make the dish more nutritious – forgive me, Italian chefs! In my opinion, the beauty of lasagna lies in the fact that it can be customized according to people’s tastes. With that being said, feel free to make your own variations and ingredients substitutions like a total pro.
Note: I’m not including the ingredient quantities because they all depend on the size of the lasagna and your personal preference. Use your best judgment.
- Lasagna noodles
- Ground beef – I used plant-based ground beef.
- Italian Herb sauce – or any red sauce of your preference.
- Chopped basil (make sure you have extra for garnish).
- Mushrooms (sautéed in butter).
- Mozzarella cheese – LOTS OF IT.
- Parmesan cheese.
- Green olives – sliced (optional – I like the flavor that it adds to the whole dish).
- Spinach – chopped (optional – adds nutrition).
- Broccoli, broccolini or baby broccoli – chopped (optional – adds nutrition).
- Preheat oven to 375º. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and drizzle the pasta with cold water to prevent noodles from sticking together. Reserve a little bit of the pasta water in case you need it for step two.
- In a large pot with oil, cook the ground beef over medium heat (don’t forget to season with salt and pepper). Once the beef is cooked, add the Italian Herb sauce and stir until warmed through. TIP: If the sauce is too thick, or the flavor is too strong, add pasta water until you reach the desired consistency.
- In a casserole dish, assemble the lasagna: place a layer of lasagna noodles, a layer of sauce, a layer of all the other ingredients and a generous layer of cheese. Repeat the process until you reach the last layer of noodles. Then top with sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese.
- Cover the lasagna with foil and place it in the oven for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake it for another 10 minutes.
- Remove the lasagna from the oven, garnish with basil and serve warm.
That’s all – super simple and delicious!
Remember: cooking is about creativity, and lasagna is the perfect dish to let your imagination fly.