Today is National Lasagna day July 29

United States
July 29, 2008 8:11am CST
I love lasagna but it is not on our menu for today. We have fresh crabmeat we need to use up. So we are making cream of crab soup (new recipe), crabcakes, and corn from our garden. Do you have a good lasagna recipe, that doesn't take all day to make? Thanks! National Lasagna Day is today. We hope you have a big appetite. Sure, it's July. Its hot and humid. Cooking up a pan of Lasagna will make the kitchen a lot hotter. But as it cooks, the smell will waft throughout the house. Your mouth will begin to water. When dinner time arrives, you will have a huge appetite for a huge piece of lasagna. Of this, you can be certain. Lasagna is a favorite Italian dish. In between multiple layers of lasagna pasta are generous amounts of tomato sauce, cheeses, and sometimes hamburger and/or Italian sausage. Its the favorite Italian dish of millions of Americans. We all would eat it more often, but this culinary work of art, made with loving hands, takes time to make and bake. It is best to celebrate National Lasagna Day by baking the lasagna that you will eat today. If you don't have the time, or the weather is just too hot, then head out to your favorite Italian restaurant.
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@brimia (6584)
• United States
29 Jul 08
Lasagna sounds good but I've already started a pot of lentil vegetable barley stew and I think I'll make some cornbread too to go with it. My sister makes a delicious vegetarian lasagna and she gave me the recipe so I'll have to try it out this week.
• United States
30 Jul 08
Oh your stew sounds yummy! Would you mind sharing it please??!? I have had veggie lasagna before and it sure is good! Thanks for the response.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Lentil Stew 1 cup lentils 3/4 cup barley 2 large carrots sliced 2 stalks celery sliced 1 large onion, chopped 1/2 tsp cumin 2 cloves minced garlic large can tomatoes or 6-8 fresh ones chopped oil - optional salt and pepper to taste Heat just enough oil to cover bottom of stew pot or use a non-stick one. Add carrots, celery, and onions. Cook until onions are translucent. Add lentils, barley, cumin, garlic, and tomatoes and enough water to just cover. Simmer until lentils are tender. Add water as needed. This should be very thick.
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• United States
31 Jul 08
Thanks for sharing! This sounds so good for a cold winter day!!!!
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Hi kimbers867. Okay, it's 8:00 in the morning as I type this, and you are making me hungry for lasagna! I have a really good lasagna recipe that is pretty quick to make but I do not make it very much as there is just the two of us. We can't eat it all and I'm not good with putting leftovers in the freezer. I have cut the recipe in half before, but then I end up with a half-can of tomatoes and that's a pain. Anyhoo, your post reminds me I need to make Lasagna some time soon. Can't make it today cuz we're going to a nearby town to have dinner out with a friend. Thanks for my "National Whatever Day" discussion, kimbers867. I am learning so much from your discussions! Take care.
• United States
31 Jul 08
Would you mind sharing the recipe! I'm always looking for a good one! I have gotten really good about saving the leftovers for future lunches. Where I work, we don't have time to go out and get lunch so we all bring it unless you want to eat the cafeteria food. No thank you! DH always takes his lunch also so we are so good about using them all!
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• United States
31 Jul 08
Rita's Lasagna 1 lb. sausage (I have also used lean ground beef) 1 clove garlic, minced 1 T dried basil 1-1 pound can of diced tomatoes (including the juice) (2 cups) 2-6 oz. cans of tomato paste 10 oz. lasagna noodles 3 cups Ricotta or cottage cheese 1/2 c. grated Parmesan or Romano cheese 2 T Parsley flakes ( I just throw in some fresh parsley) 2 beaten eggs 2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 lb. mozzeralla cheese, sliced Brown meat in skillet. Drain or spoon off fat. Add garlic, basil, tomatoes, and tomato paste. Simmer uncovered 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water til tender, drain, rinse. Your oven will need to be preheated to 375 so you may want to turn it on after the sauce is done. Combine remaining ingredients except Mozzarella. Spray 13X9X2 pan with vegetable oil spray. Place half the noodles in a 13X9X2 pan. Spread with half the cottage cheese mixture. Layer half the mozzarella slices over next, then half the meat sauce. Repeat all layers one more time. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting to have nice, pretty servings. Serves 12. Hope you enjoy this Lasagna recipe, kimbers867.
• United States
29 Jul 08
I didn't know that. That's great because I love lasagna. It'll give me a good excuse to eat some today. My mom and grandmom always made excellent lasagna when I was young.
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• United States
30 Jul 08
Did you have any today? I remember a neighbor who would spend two days making her sauce. It was so good!!! Thanks for the response!
• United States
30 Jul 08
Unfortunately no, I didn't get around to it. It would have been great, though.
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@walijo2008 (4647)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I love lasagna, but because it does take a long time to make, I only make it for special occasions. I have a wonderful recipe that I use, it takes about a total of 2 hrs to make. My husband loves it, and we are going to invite some friends over for dinner and thats what I'll be making. I love the smell of it too, and don't forget the garlic bread...lol.
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• United States
31 Jul 08
Gotta have the garlic bread and a big salad!!!! Thanks for the response!
• South Korea
30 Jul 08
I was inspired to learn how to make lasagna because my husband loves it.. Yup, it takes time to make it but it's worth the time when it's your love ones favorite. My three years old daughter always want to help me when I am preparing it.. She love putting the sauce and cheese on it.. Uhhhmmm yumyum, making me hungry!
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• United States
31 Jul 08
I have done that with some of my DH's favorite meals that I don't like. He really enjoys when I do make them. Oh the little things that make people so happy. Welcome to myLot and thanks for the response!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Too bad I did not see this discussion before dinner time tonight. We had Manicoti tonight. I could have easily made Lasagna instead.
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• United States
31 Jul 08
Oh Bummer! You were kinda of close! LOL Thanks for the response!
• United States
29 Jul 08
Mmm... Lasagna. I won't be having any today, but I do love lasagna. I probably would test out a crab lasagna if I had extra crabmeat and wanted to observe National Lasagna Day. I haven't seen a recipe for it, but I would come up with one; I tend to either cook without a recipe or veer pretty far away from recipes.
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• United States
30 Jul 08
Hmmm, never thought about that. A white lasagna would be good. I can't cook without a recipe, I don't feel confident. Now DH he is wonderful at creating new things or doctoring things up!!! Thanks for the response!
@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
29 Jul 08
Yummy! I won't be officially celebrating today because I already know I'm having ham for dinner, but I will have to get some lasagna soon. I have never attempted making this. It seems like such a huge undertaking, and there's a great little Italian restaurant not too far from my house. I may have to think about trying it, though.
• United States
30 Jul 08
I know in a true Italian family (kitchen) this is an all day process. When I have made it, I have used jarred sauce, etc. When I am really want lasagna I will cheat and buy Stouffer's! LOL My SIL makes a really good lasagna but I never can get her to write the recipe down for me.
@ishralene09 (2260)
• Philippines
29 Jul 08
Where is that Lasagna day celebrated?!! Wow that's new...Man I'm drooling..lasagna is one of my faves!
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• United States
30 Jul 08
It doesn't really specify where it is celebrated. I'm assuming the USA. But hey anyone who loves lasagna can celebrate. The more the merrier! Thanks for the response!