10 Summery Lasagna Recipes for National Lasagna Day
By Julie Ross Godar on July 29, 2014
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Just like Garfield, I hate Mondays and love lasagna. National Lasagna Day falls on a Tuesday this year—so I am practically purring with delight. I've collected 10 ideas that run from cheesy classic to super-vegan, with lots of smart variations (and even dessert!?) in between.
Lasagna Alla Norma
I don't know who Norma is, but I do know her name has become synonymous with "eggplant inside" in Italian cooking. The Italian Dish's Lasagna Alla Norma incorporates baked eggplant and grated ricotta salata cheese.
Too hot to bake? Raw Lasagna from Citron Limette layers cashew nut "cheese," vegan pesto, raw tomato sauce, and slightly wilted zucchini slices for a best-of-summer dish that would be really refreshing on a hot day.
Strawberry Plum's Lasagna Bolognese is a true weekend project ending in a beautiful Sunday supper, with homemade spinach noodles, creamy béchamel for a silky texture, and a long-simmered meat sauce.
Spinach and Chicken Lasagna
If you're not a tomato fan, give Cooking With Michele's Lasagna With Chicken, Spinach, and Bechamel Sauce a try. This "white" lasagna is completely tomato-free.
Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna
If you're SO OVER kale, just substitute any veggie you like in "Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna." Bonus: This make-ahead recipe keeps the kitchen cool on a hot day.
If baked lasagna feels too heavy for a hot summer's evening, try Cooking Classy's Lasagna Soup. The tomato flavor shines through, and it's topped with fresh herbs and a dollop of cool ricotta that melts into the bowl as you eat.
Cheesy Sausage Lasagna Dip
When is a lasagna not a lasagna? When it's Sarah's Cucina Bella's ooey-gooey party dip you serve with bread.
Finger-food Individual Lasagna Cups by Healthy Food For Living are also perfect for a party—or, as Rachel notes, for a toddler.
15-Minute Lasagna sounds too good to be true, but Kevin & Amanda whipped together this classic with time savers like pre-grated cheese, pre-chopped onions, mozzarella "pearls," and canned tomatoes … all using an easy, one-skillet technique.
Chocolate Lasagna Cupcakes
These Layered "Lasagna" Cupcakes by Center Cut Cook make a worthy dessert for a Lasagna Day meal.