If you didn't already know it, July is Lasagna Awareness Month, and we feel it's our duty to remind our readers (whether they're aware of it or not) that lasagna is a food that people sometimes eat.
But as far as we're concerned, July shouldn't be Lasagna Awareness Month. Instead, July should be Lasagna Appreciation Month, because lasagna should be celebrated in all its meaty, cheesy, noodle-y glory.
RECIPE: Cheesy Spaghetti Pie
So in the spirit of Lasagna Appreciation Month, here's 10 great lasagna recipes that are sure to elevate your appreciation for lasagna to Garfield-ian proportions:
(Keep it Simple, Keep it Fresh)
The Ultimate Gluten-Free Lasagna
(The Kitchen Is My Playground)
Spicy Tortilla Lasagna
Lasagna gets a spicy makeover with Tracey's tortilla lasagna recipe from The Kitchen Is My Playground. It's loaded with veggies, cheese and meat like a traditional lasagna, but there's salsa, chili powder and corn tortillas standing in for the sauce, oregano and pasta.
(I Breathe … I'm Hungry)
Low Carb Breakfast Lasagna
Why isn't this dish on the menu at every diner across the country? Mellissa at I Breathe … I'm Hungry … made this low-carb breakfast lasagna recipe at the suggestion of her husband Matt, and she layered it with cream cheese pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese. To no one's surprise, it was a huge hit with her whole family.
(Chasing Some Blue Sky)
Not only is this lasagna delicious, but it's camper-friendly, too. Mary at Chasing Some Blue Sky browns her meat in the same cast iron skillet she uses to construct her lasagna, and she builds it with wonton wrappers in place of pre-cooked noodles. Get the recipe here.
(Pass The Sushi)
Pesto Artichoke Lasagna Rolls
Who says lasagna has to be layered? Kita at Pass the Sushi likes to roll sheets of boiled lasagna around her favorite fillings (in this case, sausage, artichokes, pesto and ricotta) before arranging them in a prepared pan or individual gratin dishes for baking. Click here to check out the recipe.
We like to imagine that Gina at Skinnytaste took one look at a traditional lasagna and said something like, "What do we need those noodles for?" She makes her lasagna recipe with thin, flat slices of zucchini instead, resulting in a low carb, naturally gluten-free meal.
Buffalo Chicken Lasagna
Being a registered dietitian, Nicole admits that "buffalo-wing anything probably isn’t topping any charts with regards to healthfulness." But this buffalo chicken lasagna recipe is such a hit with Nicole's husband that she had to include it on her blog, Prevention RD.
(J. Pollack Photography)
Look at these things! Are they mini lasagnas? Are they cupcakes? We don't know! (Well, we do, actually. They're mini lasagnas.) In any case, they're awfully cute. Stef at Cupcake Project even suggests two ways to prepare them: one with a reinforced wall of noodles lining the cupcake, and one without. Learn about both recipes here.
(Girl Versus Dough)
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Dessert Lasagna
We can thank Stephanie at Girl Versus Dough for this no-bake dessert "lasagna" featuring alternating layers of breakfast cereal, Nutella, peanut butter and whipped topping. Head over to Tablespoon for the recipe, and check out more of Stephanie's delicious creations at Girl Versus Dough.