Two Easy Ways to Prepare Lasagna

· April 25, 2018
The time has come for you to learn how to prepare lasagna in a simple, easy way. Remember: once you master these techniques, you can experiment and expand your culinary skills!

Making lasagna is much easier than you think. Often, we’re overwhelmed because we consider it to be complicated. However, in reality, it’s very simple to prepare lasagna.

Lasagna is an Italian dish that’s quickly become popular throughout the world. It consists of several layers of square semolina and dry wheat pasta, filled with a filling and covered in mozzarella cheese and béchamel sauce.

The time has come for you to learn how to prepare lasagna in a simple, easy way. Remember: once you master these techniques, you can experiment and expand your culinary skills!

Easy ways to prepare lasagna

1. Lasagna with vegetables

eggplant and zucchini lasagna

If you don’t have much experience in the kitchen but want to start preparing lasagna on your own, it is best to opt for this recipe with vegetables. In this way, you can really learn the preparation of the ingredients and the cooking times.

Vegetables, like those in this recipe, are a bit easier to prepare than meat. Therefore, it’s a good option for newbies.

Once the technique is mastered, portions of meat (white or red, depending on your preference) can be incorporated into this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 small cups of chopped mushrooms (175 g)
  • A pinch of pepper and some stalks of oregano
  • ½ medium cup of low-fat cheese (95 g)
  • 8 pieces of pre-cooked lasagna (250 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (45 mL)
  • 4 large cups of spinach (600 g)
  • 1 tomato, julienne cut (85 g)
  • 3 cloves of crushed garlic (15 g)
  • ½ cup of zucchini (50 g)
  • 1 medium onion (45 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of salt (45 g)

Preparation

  • Preheat a pan with a little olive oil over low heat.
  • Add the zucchini first with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion and repeat the steps. Then, add the rest of the vegetables (leave the mushrooms and garlic until the end).
  • Cook the spinach separately in a pot with boiling water and salt over high heat for two minutes.
  • Place the squares of lasagna in a container (preferably glass).
  • Remove the vegetables from the heat.
  • The tomato paste should not be mixed with the vegetable filling or the mozzarella cheese. These go in layers, one on top of the other. The order is: a layer of pasta, the stuffing (vegetables, cheese, tomato paste) and then béchamel sauce.
  • Bake at the exact temperature of 180º C for 20 or 25 minutes.
  • Let it sit for about 5 minutes and enjoy.

Do you want to know more? Read: How to Make a Creamier Pasta Dish without Cream or Cheese

2. Traditional lasagna

prepare lasagna caprese

It’s also necessary to learn the traditional way of preparing lasagna. This is not only to enjoy it, but also to delve into the roots of the various variations of this recipe that exist today.

The filling, whether ground beef or chicken, is the key. Pay attention to the ingredients and the quantities that we discuss below.

Ingredients

  • ½ tablespoon of olive oil (50 mL)
  • 2 ½ cups of béchamel sauce (275 mL)
  • 3 cups of mozzarella cheese (400 g)
  • 2 cups of tomato sauce (250 mL)
  • A pan for the lasagna pasta (400 g)
  • 1 cup of tomato paste (115 mL)
  • 1 tablespoon of pepper (45 g)
  • Ground beef (500 g)
  • ½ tablespoon of salt (30 g)
  • ½ onion (50 g)
  • Worcestershire sauce

Preparation

  • Prepare the ground beef in a medium saucepan over low heat with salt, pepper, a little Worcestershire sauce, onion, tomato paste and green peppers for about 20 minutes until well cooked.
  • While the filling is cooking, prepare a pan where you will put the lasagna pasta.
  • Once the filling is ready, repeat the following order: pasta layer, filling, sauce.
  • Spread the mozzarella cheese and the bechamel sauce, little by little.
  • Repeat the process until it covers the entire surface of the pan.
  • Put in the oven at 180º C for 25 minutes.
  • Once it is ready, let it sit for five minutes before serving.

As you may have noticed, preparing lasagna is not much of a science. Everything is about paying a little attention and daring to take the first step.

On the other hand, don’t be afraid to replace the meat with tuna or to use non-traditional pasta sheets (made from spinach instead of flour only, for example). This will make the dish less monotonous and raise its nutritional value.