11 Ways to Upgrade Lasagna

Easy Sweet Pepper Lasagna Photo © Todd Porter & Diane Cu
By Kristin Donnelly Posted July 29, 2016

This baked pasta dish is the quintessential way to serve a crowd.

Celebrate National Lasagna Day with these 11 creative versions.

1. Grandma’s Lasagna

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Forget purists, with their béchamel sauce. For nostalgic lasagna, make it with ricotta and tomato sauce.

2. Sausage

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Whether made with classic pork (above) or fancier lamb, sausage can only make your lasagna better.

3. White

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For an over-the-top cheesy lasagna, skip the tomato sauce in favor of one made with heavy cream. Wash it down with plenty of wine.

4. Flatbread

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For a sort of lasagna-meets-bread-pudding, use store-bought flatbread instead of noodles.

5. Pumpkin

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For a healthier take on tomato-less lasagna, make a sauce with canned pumpkin puree.

6. Mushroom

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Whether white or red, use mushrooms to make “meaty” vegetarian lasagna.

7. Alternative cheese

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Who says Italian cheeses are required? Add any cheese that melts well, from smoked Gouda (above) to cheddar.

8. Alternative veggie

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Want to boost your lasagna’s nutrient quotient? Add zucchini, sweet peppers (above) or even kale.

9. Puttanesca

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Instead of the usual marinara or Bolognese, layer other popular tomato sauces in lasagna, like the olive-studded puttanesca.

10. Individual-size

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Layer your ingredients in ramekins for lasagna “cupcakes.”

11. Salad

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Want truly healthy lasagna? Don’t make it. Instead, use the noodles in a salad with antioxidant–rich walnut pesto.

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