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What's your favourite Lasagna recipe from a cookbook?

Breadcrumbs Oct 19, 2011 05:31 PM

Each year I participate in a "Cookbook Cook-off" where a group of folks prepare a recipe, as written, from a cookbook. All the proceeds from the entrant fees and, hungry judges/guests go to charity.

This year the dish is Lasagna. I'm considering this recipe that's a little different and, has been a hit at our house:

Fontina, mushroom, and pancetta lasagna from The Bon Appetit Cookbook by Barbara Fairchild

If you have an amazing recipe from a cookbook, I'd love to hear about it!!

Thanks so much!

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    HillJ RE: Breadcrumbs Oct 19, 2011 05:40 PM


    Breadcrumbs, if you want a unique take on lasagna, I'd highly recommend this one (including the suggestion for a parm crust). It's quite delicious and a real show stopper.

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      EM23 RE: HillJ Oct 19, 2011 07:30 PM

      That looks really good!
      Might have to give it a try instead of my favorite http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/352032

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        HillJ RE: EM23 Oct 20, 2011 04:51 AM

        EM23, thank you for sharing your favorite, I'll have to print that one out and give it a go!

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: HillJ Oct 20, 2011 06:43 AM

        J, try a ratatouille or roasted tomato & arugula filling with that parm crust. tasty stuff!

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          HillJ RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 20, 2011 07:51 AM

          That sounds wonderful and a great use for leftover ratatouille!

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: HillJ Oct 20, 2011 01:57 PM

            indeed it is :)

      3. Njchicaa RE: Breadcrumbs Oct 19, 2011 05:41 PM

        I love the Carmine's lasagna from the Carmine's cookbook. Very time consuming to make the marinara and meat sauces, but it is sooooo worth the effort. I usually double the recipe and spend a cold winter Saturday working on the lasagnas!

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          escondido123 RE: Breadcrumbs Oct 19, 2011 06:34 PM

          Bugilla's Meatless Lasagna from "Foods of Italy;" it has become my signature lasagna. Simple tomato sauce, whole milk ricotta, fresh mozzarella, lots of basil and Parmigiano Regiano layered between egg pasta sheets. I generally cut back on the amount of butter he uses and make plain pasta rather than spionach, but otherwise follow it. Light, fresh, rich and luscious. It's the only lasagna I make.

          1. Jay F RE: Breadcrumbs Oct 19, 2011 08:16 PM

            Marcella Hazan's lasagne from either THE CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKBOOK or ESSENTIALS OF ITALIAN COOKING.

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              KateBChi RE: Jay F Oct 20, 2011 06:29 AM

              I love that one too although my meat (Bolognese)sauce is a bit different as it uses mild Italian sausage and some prosciutto and more tomato, I also use a mix of spinach (green) lasagne noodles and wheat (yellow/white) and add sauteed mushrooms (cremini plus reconstituted porcini) to the mix. I sometimes add a bit of bufalo mozzarella if I am craving cheesier thus amping the ante on the cheese flavor profile. It is a very sophisticated dish as written but I like my version better taste-wise.

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                Jay F RE: KateBChi Oct 20, 2011 07:52 AM

                IOW yours is exactly like hers, except it's nearly completely different?

                Also, what is the difference between "cheese flavor profile" and "cheese flavor"?

            2. Berheenia RE: Breadcrumbs Oct 20, 2011 06:23 AM

              Does Parade Magazine count? My husband's favorite ever lasagna is a Sheila Lukens recipe that was in Parade Magazine

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                margareta RE: Breadcrumbs Oct 20, 2011 03:42 PM

                I love the sausage and ground meat lasagna from ATK. Pretty labor intensive, but well worth the effort. Found it in one of their cookbook compilations.

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