3 Fun Twists on the Typical Lasagna

Spinach Lasagna Marinara sauce, ground beef and cheese smothered between layers of noodle. It’s yummy, but it can get also a little boring, especially if lasagna is a staple in your household. Mix up lasagna night a little with...

Spinach Lasagna
Spinach Lasagna

Marinara sauce, ground beef and cheese smothered between layers of noodle. It’s yummy, but it can get also a little boring, especially if lasagna is a staple in your household. Mix up lasagna night a little with a few twists on the typical lasagna recipe. Tweak the current mixture or go for something entirely different. What you don’t like, you don’t have to make again—what you do like, you’re sure to add to your regular rotation.

New Fillings

Ricotta cheese is the lasagna standard, but you don’t have to stick to it. You can stuff noodles with mozzarella, parmesan or even cottage cheese. In lieu of ground beef, you can also use chicken or sausage or opt for no meat. Add vegetables for bolder flavor. Popular lasagna vegetables include:

  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini

The whole point of trying out different twists on lasagna is to find the combinations that work best for you and your family. Opt for vegan lasagna and forgo the cheese entirely. Make a veggie lovers lasagna and stuff it chock full of veggies. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your favorite fillings.

Switch Up the Sauce

Put aside the red sauce and layer your lasagna with white Alfredo sauce, pesto sauce or even no sauce at all. These combinations make veggie fillings pop, especially spinach. Tomato sauce is a common culprit of heartburn among common sufferers, so if anyone in the family gets digestive distress after eating the typical lasagna, changing to another variety of sauce or dropping the sauce entirely only makes sense. But remember: If you opt for no sauce, you must pre-boil the noodles ahead of time; the no-boil lasagna noodles require the sauce’s moisture to cook while in the oven.

Combine It With Another Dish

As long as you layer like you usually do, almost anything you produce could be labeled lasagna. Try out these quirky twists on lasagna:

  • Curry lasagna: layer curry sauce, goat cheese, carrots and beef if desired between multiple layers of lasagna noodles
  • Mac and cheese lasagna: make mac and cheese as normal, line your lasagna pan with half of the cheesy noodles and layer with meat sauce and more cheese, then repeat for one more layer
  • Lemon chicken lasagna: cook and dice chicken and mix with Alfredo sauce, ricotta cheese and lemon juice; cover with a layer of noodles and repeat

If your lasagnas are coming out soggy or dry, or you’re tired of using the same pans with crusted stains leftover from the last lasagna, buy a new lasagna dish. A quality clay lasagna dish is versatile enough to use for casseroles, too, and if you buy it in a cute, bold color, the dish will add a fun touch to your dinner table. Opt for a different color dish for every variety of lasagna so the family knows just what type of lasagna they’re in for when they sit down at the table.