“When I make lasagna, I blend an 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese into the ricotta and egg mixture,” writes Donna M. from Newton Falls, Ohio. “Sometimes I also add a little chopped spinach, broccoli or parsley for color.”
Addella Thomas of Mt. Sterling, Illinois crumbles leftover meatballs into the homemade spaghetti sauce she uses in this cheesy lasagna. "My family wants me to make this dish all the time. It goes over well at reunions, too," she adds.
My family first tasted this rich, classic lasagna at a friend's home on Christmas Eve. We were so impressed that it became our own holiday tradition as well. I also prepare it other times of the year. It's requested often by my sister's Italian in-laws—I consider that the highest compliment! —Lorri Foockle, Granville, Illinois
I learned to cook when I was growing up on a dairy farm and was a member of 4-H. This is one of my favorite recipes—it makes good use of the abundance of squash we always seem to have in summer and fall. You'll also find it freezes well.—Marilyn Stroud, Larsen, Wisconsin