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Tuesday, March 3, 2009


I love Italian food. All kinds of Italian food. Spaghetti & meatballs. Osso buco. Veal Scallopine. Manicotti. And lasagna. I don't put meat in my lasagna. Or in the sauce I use to make lasagna. I've just recently come to realize how alien that seems to many people, but that's how my dear Mom always made it, so... I usually make a batch of meatballs and cook up some sweet Italian sausage on the side, garlic bread and a green salad to go with. One of my favorite meals!

Lasagna Cheese Filling

2 pounds ricotta
8 ounces mozzarella, cubed (plus additional for topping)
1/3 cup grated parmesan (plus additional for topping - Parmigiana Reggiano is my favorite)
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Mix all ingredients.

Spread your favorite marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9-inch square baking dish. Layer lasagna noodles over sauce, then spread one-third of the ricotta mixture over the noodles. Repeat noodle/ricotta layering two more times. Over last layer of ricotta mixture, place another layer of noodles. Pour sauce over lasagna so that it completely covers last layer of noodles. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella and grated parmesan over top of sauce. Bake at 350 F. for 35 - 40 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Love meatless lasagna....and yours looks divine!

La Table De Nana said...

I love all things italian also..
It's the one thing I often crave..pasta..
Everytime we eta at our fave little Italian place when we do a special grocery order..I ORDER the lasagna.
Yours looks aboslutely perfect to me.

Thibeault's Table said...

Lori your lasagna looks perfect. You have me craving lasagna now. I'm thinking of baking one today. I'm still weighing my options - Meat - No Meat. Decisions, decisions.

MaryBeth said...

No meat in lasagna is just great, that way you can really concentrate on all of the other flavors. You recipe sounds perfect and the picture looks very delish!!

susan said...

This is my ultimate "comfort food". I've posted the chili sugar glazed pecan recipe over at my place!

Dragana said...

I can do without the meat as well! Looks simple but delicious! I might add some roasted veggies to mine when I try this recipe.

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

I don't mind passing on the meat at all ~ and your version is so beautiful Lori!

Gorgeous photo ~ you have me CRAVING this. :)
And I cannot wait until it gets warm enough to plant the Basil ~ I miss it in winter months. It makes such a pretty garnish, too.


Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I wanted to come over and personally thank you for making me feel so welcome to the Darling Bakers. The culinary talents that surround me there is truly inspiring! I look forward to acquainting myself with you over this rewarding journey.

Sweet Wishes,

Martha said...

This is so similar to my lasagna recipe. I've not used meat either -- and it is my DD's favorite lasagna and always her birthday meal of choice!

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