Lasagna is one of my favourite foods during the holiday season. It’s so comforting and reminds me of cozy nights in with my family, and I don’t know about you, but my family has always kept a frozen lasagna on hand during the months of November and December in case of an impromptu dinner party or unexpected guests.
After years of frozen lasagna as one of my guilty pleasures, I decided it was about time to make a fresh made-from-scratch lasagna, so I was excited to experiment on this one! Being the ambitious home chef that I am, I sort of stumbled into making three different sauces for this Easy Homemade Lasagna. I swear it really is easy! About that…
So when I went to the grocery store to round up ingredients for this dish, I realized that I forgot ricotta! Growing up on those freezer lasagnas, of course I thought lasagna needed ricotta cheese. I mean it’s a staple, right? After doing some researching, I stumbled onto this Lasagna recipe from Bon Appetit, which actually advises AGAINST using ricotta in a lasagna. As a lasagna virgin, I loosely followed some of the steps from this recipe and took the magazine’s recommendation to instead create a béchamel sauce. Let me tell you, it was the right way to go!
As I mentioned, this Easy Homemade Lasagna is made with 3 Sauces: a hearty bolognese with ground beef, a classic tomato sauce with fresh basil, and the creamy, garlicky béchamel perfectly ties it all together! Being a veggie lover I also roasted some red and yellow peppers and mushrooms as opposed to the traditional spinach, which I hear can water down a lasagna. As a newbie, I didn’t want to make any mistakes!
This lasagna is perfect for a night in with the girls, or a catch up with family during the holidays or a special occasion. It is definitely time-consuming (though I must insist it is easy if you love cooking like me and have a couple hours to spare!), but it is SO worth it – grab a glass of red, sit back and relax, and enjoy the fruit of your labours!
The best part about a lasagna, after all, is the fact that you can pre-assemble it ahead of time (up to the day before in fact!) and then just pop it in the oven for 45 minutes and enjoy quality time with your guests while waiting for your dinner. No mess, no fuss. And sooooo delicious.
Will you be trying our Easy Homemade Lasagna recipe? If you do be sure to tag us on Instagram and Twitter – we’d love to see your creations for holiday gatherings!