“Lasagna’s always been a family favorite," explains Catherine Yoder of New Paris, Indiana. "But since my children and husband aren’t very fond of some veggies, I started ‘sneaking’ them into this dish and they hardly notice! It feeds a crowd and is great for potlucks or family reunions.”
"My husband and I love pizza and lasagna. In this recipe, we have the best of both," notes Vicki Melies of Glenwood, Iowa. "Because we are both watching our weight, I trimmed down the fat so we could still enjoy this favorite dish."
Satisfy your gang with this casserole sent in by Shelly Korell. The Eaton, Colorado reader whips up a rich combination or cream cheese, sour cream and cheddar cheese that she layers with lasagna noodles and a beefy sauce.
The four different types of cheese make this lasagna a real crowd-pleaser. You can vary the amount of mozzarella, Monterey Jack, provolone and Parmesan to suit your preference. For our family, the more cheese, the better.
With both bacon and ground beef, this hearty dish is a real crowd-pleaser. The recipe came from my grandmother, now in her 80s. I've learned so much from helping her in the kitchen. —Cathy McCartney, Davenport, Iowa
"This easy dish is one of our family's favorites," says Cindy Osborn. The Little Rock, Arkansas reader likes to double the recipe, making one zippy lasagna for dinner and another to freeze. "Sometimes we eat the second one in the same week," she adds.
It's a shame that Suzanne Dole only fixes Lasagna with Two Sauces on an annual basis. The satisfying casserole is loaded with great flavor. "Please help me make over this luscious lasagna," writes the Claremont, New Hampshire cook. "It's one of our favorites, but with these ingredients, we can only enjoy it once a year."
To start, our home economists reduced the total amount of meat in the recipe and replaced it with a healthier alternative-bulgur, a form of cracked wheat. This resulted in a thick "meaty" tomato sauce with less fat and more fiber. To lighten the cream cheese sauce, they used less butter and Parmesan cheese, replaced the milk with the fat-free variety and used reduced-fat cream cheese in place of the full-fat kind. Finally, they used three fewer lasagna noodles. The slimmed-down lasagna has 35% fewer calories, about 60% less fat, and half the saturated fat and cholesterol of the original. After just one taste, you won't even realize it has been lightened up.