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
Cheese really stars in this lasagna, which I created a few years ago. It can be prepared ahead of time and baked later. I sometimes make up a couple batches and freeze them in case company drops by.
-Janet Myers, Napanee, Ontario
I'm an old-fashioned country cook and love preparing recipes like this one that uses staples I normally keep on hand. Unlike most lasagnas, this one doesn't call for precooking the noodles. It's so simple my children sometimes make it after school and have it ready when I get home from work.
-Angie Price, Bradford, Tennessee
I like this recipe because it can be prepared a day ahead and baked just before serving, so it's a great way to avoid that last-minute rush when attending a potluck. Using packaged spaghetti sauce and noodles that are not pre-boiled makes preparation especially quick. —Denise Goedeken
Platte Center, Nebraska
Store-bought spaghetti sauce simplifies preparation of this loaf-size lasagna from Kathy Coble of Missouri City, Texas. With a salad on the side, a serving of this Italian-style casserole makes a hearty meal.
“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.”
Mary Moore knows how to get all the comforting flavors of lasagna without all the work. The Omaha, Nebraska cook seals traditional lasagna ingredients between two layers of refrigerated crescent dough for a speedy specialty that's requested time and again.