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Feb 19, 2011 05:39 AM

Lasagna...with ketchup?

Hello All,

No matter how I make lasagna - red sauce, white sauce, meat, no meat, Greek, Mexican, French, my guy always ends up putting ketchup on it.

I'm thinking about getting rid of the middle man and just making lasagna with ketchup already in it. Anybody have any good recipes? Meat, meatless, with cheese, without cheese - any and all varieties are fine as long as they're delicious.

Thanks in advance!


Glendale is hungry...

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  1. You know, my gut tells me he likes to put ketchup ON it, so even if he knows there's ketchup IN it, he'll want to pour some on.
    Anyway, could you just add it as part of your red sauce?

    I think it's nice that you're not flipping out about it and are trying to accommodate him. :)

    By the way, what is your French lasagna like?

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    1. re: Nicolette S

      Hi Nicolette S,

      The French lasagna I made was a recipe from that had mushrooms, onions, garlic, tarragon, spinach and a bechamel sauce.

      It sounded good when I read the recipe but, to be brutally honest, I really didn't care for the finished product (kinda blah). It may have just been that particular recipe though.


      Glendale is hungry...

    2. Been there, done that. Yep, it's really insulting isn't it. But, as Glendale is hungry points out, I've learned that some people simply like the flavor of ketchup and they put it on virtually anything they eat. Perhaps Mom put it on their food to get them to eat when they were kids (it happens) or perhaps it's a "comfort food" for them. Either way, don't take it personally. Enjoy your creation and try not to be concerned about how others might handle it once it's on their plate.
      On the other hand, if you're bound and determined to use ketchup in your Lasagna, simply blend it with your other ingredients, pour it on in place of your usual red sauce and see how they like it.

      1. My kids all love ketchup. Scrambled eggs especially. I love black pepper on nearly everything.
        What ya gonna do :) The brain works in mysterious ways, right!

        So whether you leave ketchup on the table or add it in to your sauce no harm, no foul.

        If ketchup isn't loved by all keep it on the table. Adding it to your sauce means everyone gets the ketchup-y enhancement.

        1. i totally get the ketchup thing. when i could eat, i put it on everything, including... gulp... when no one was looking... lobster. or dipped it, rather. anyhoo, my suggestion before you make a recipe with it *in* it, ask him if he'd like it... more specifically, does he simply like the taste of things with ketchup dolloped on top or dipped in it? does he like the texture and taste side-by-side so to speak? i don't think altering your recipe and including ketchup will give the same results, mouth feel, taste, experience, etc. i doubt he'd want a sauce that tastes utterly like ketchup with no contrasting tomato sauce... i know this sounds and looks inane, as i'm typing it, but there's a contrast, subtle though it may be. ask him. if he does think it sounds good, try using ketchup, tomato paste, onion, garlic, little white wine, basil, oregano, parsley, blend it up and stir in some parmesan... but don't be insulted if he still puts ketchup on top of this :)

          1. What's wrong with ketchup on lasagna? Or, really, ketchup on just about anything.

            Don't take it as a sign that something is wrong with your lasagna.

            There are many ketchup lovers out there (myself included) that would only put ketchup on things we *love* to eat.

            So take the fact that your guy is slathering on the ketchup as a compliment that your lasagna is not only tasty, but "ketchup-worthy"