I’d like to think if Garfield had the time—and opposable thumbs—he might have tried his hand at any of these five lasagna upgrades. Not only would they add variety to the monotony of his diet, they’d teach him about the versatility of basic recipes. Once you master the classic Italian lasagna, layering rich, vibrant Bolognese, creamy béchamel, and tender ribbons of pasta, there’s nothing stopping you from incorporating new ingredients and ideas.
Take these five recipes as a jumping-off point for your own creativity. Not only will you realize lasagna is far more versatile than you ever knew—we’re talking border-hopping, ingredient-upgrades, and farmers market metamorphoses—it’s actually convenient. In a rush? Make it ahead of time and let the flavors intensify while it sits. That’s right—the lasagna makes itself better while you relax with a glass of wine. Something Garfield could never do.
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