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Garfield isn’t the only person (well, cat) who loves lasagna. This casserole of fillings sandwiched between layers of flat noodles is a staple of Italian cooking. Lasagna, though, isn’t at all exclusive to Italian cooking. Among the five lasagna recipes below are variations from all over the world. Try any — or all — of these for a dinner you’ll be bound to make time and time again.
Homemade Lasagna, from Tastes of Lizzy T
A cheese lover’s delight! This recipe calls for a whopping five kinds of cheese, not to mention two kinds of meat. Set the meats and some of the herbs, tomatoes, and tomato products to simmer on your stove for 90 minutes. While you do this, soak your lasagna noodles in hot water to soften them, and make two separate cheese mixtures in different bowls. Combine them all together in the appropriate layers, then put your lasagna in the oven for an hour.
Chicken Lasagna, from Spend With Pennies
Many traditional Italian lasagna recipes use red meats such as pork and beef. This recipe, on the other hand, uses chicken, which many say is a healthier alternative to red meats. You’ll layer chicken with vegetables and four kinds of cheese — cottage, ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan — between 12 layers of lasagna noodles, and you’ll make a sauce from chicken stock, herbs, and some baking basics. Once your lasagna is in the oven, sprinkle it with some cheese about halfway through its baking for a scrumptious delight.
Easy Patstistio (Greek Lasagna), from Tablespoon
In Greek culture, lasagna isn’t quite the same as the Italian form most Americans know best. Instead of using lasagna noodles, you’ll use much more common penne noodles. Even though this dish doesn’t consist of layers of long noodles, it’s still commonly called Greek lasagna.
When you combine all your filling ingredients, you’ll spread these penne noodles across your baking pan. Then you’ll create a thick top layer of parmesan and some baking essentials, ultimately giving this casserole a chewy, buttery layer that helps hold all the penne together.
Instant Pot Indian Vegetable Lasagna, from My Heart Beets
Instead of a meat filling, this Indian vegetable lasagna calls for starchy vegetables that can mimic the texture and bite of meats with a broader flavor profile. The standard cheeses are still in play — ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella — but a dash of garam masala cements this dish’s Indian origins.
Best Damn Vegan Lasagna, from Pass The Plants
You can use cashew and tofu to make a shockingly deceptive, animal-free version of a classic lasagna. Break out your blender to make your ricotta and creamy topping from these vegan staples, making sure to add water to your cashew cream until it flows easily. Then, layer your ingredients between lasagna noodles as usual and toss your casserole in the oven. As long as your friends aren’t allergic to soy or nuts, you can serve them this lasagna and see whether they think it uses real meat and cheese!
What are some of your favorite lasagna recipes? Let us know in the comments!