What is the best lasagna recipe?

See how your favorite version compares to others!

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You know it, you love it, you probably had it at some point as a Sunday-night dinner staple: Lasagna.

Lasagna has a history that's as long as the greatest cheese-pull you've ever seen. A word of Italian descent, "lasagne" are a type of wide, flat pasta noodle, commonly believed to be one of the oldest forms of pasta in history. "Lasagna" refers to the culinary dish of layered pasta sheets and fillings. The earliest record of this dish can be found in a book called Liber di Coquina, or The Book of Cookery. This early 14th-century book describes an early version of this dish as being fermented dough flattened, boiled and sprinkled with cheese and spices. 

Typically ascribed to the city of Naples, this dish has evolved over the years to resemble what we now look forward to for Sunday dinners. The possibilities are endless as you cross borders and learn about each regional speciality. 

In honor of National Lasagna Day, it's time to let the world know what the very best recipe for lasagna is. Take the survey below and see how your lasagna preference stacks up against other pasta-lovers!
  1. Get out your supplies: What kind of pan are you using?
  2. Let's start with the base. Noodles: do you boil them ahead of time, or use the no-boil sheets?
  3. As we've learned, there can be more than one sauce option. Do you use a red sauce or a white sauce in your lasagna?
  4. Let's say you are using a red sauce. Do you use a chunky tomato marinara or a hefty meat sauce?
  5. The ricotta cheese. Do you mix yours with egg, or do you use it as is?
  6. OK, here's one that can be pretty divisive: do you add cottage cheese to your lasagna?
  7. What do you top off your lasagna with?
  8. Do you prefer a slice from the edge or a slice from the middle?
  9. Last, but not least: Does lasagna taste better fresh out of the oven or the next day as a leftover dish?
What is the best lasagna recipe?

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j 22 days ago
My sister-in-law tries to convince me you can't tell cottage cheese from ricotta. I beg to differ.
A pox on anyone who puts cottage cheese in lasagna!
anthony 23 days ago
70% similar.THAT'SA NICE'A!!!!
Barry22 23 days ago
Love lasagna, any kind. Just like Garfield. If anybody still reads the newspaper, Garfield made a guest appearance in The Blondie strip yesterday, eating lasagna.
richardkel 23 days ago
81% similar. First, I prefer the oven ready noodles. Much easier. The trick is to mix in an extra can of tomatoes or tomato sauce. The extra liquid helps it come out tender. Second, I like meat, but I love my veggies. I always like to add to add extra veggies like zucchini, spinach, or eggplant. Third, I do not like to add ricotta or cottage cheese. I use mozzarella or natural pizza cheese mix (comes in packages but is made from real cheese) and parmesan cheese between layers and on top. Never had any complaints or brought back leftovers from church or work pot luck dinners.
Moody richardkel 18 days ago
Whatever works! I've made a veggie lasagna with portobella mushrooms, zucchini & eggplant & it was great! I still prefer the meat sauce recipe though.
JeffTanner 24 days ago
''70% similar'' ------------70% similar to the most popular responses.
JeffTanner JeffTanner 24 days ago
The best recipe for me is Stouffer's frozen lasagna with meat and sauce, the best frozen lasagna I've ever had.
Moody JeffTanner 18 days ago
Stouffers is good but I like Marie Callanders better. Both are very good though.
stephaniestavropoulos 24 days ago
The best layered pasta dish is pastichio, {which METV obviously failed to include, because it is not lasagne. FYI: lasagna singular form lasagne plural form}
So, if METV asked which was the best layered pasta dish, the recipe for pastichio was included; that would have been my answer.
Stephen 24 days ago
100% similar
100% similar to the most popular responses

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