We love this cheese lasagna recipe with the proper mix of cheeses that makes anybody weak on the knees. It’s wealthy, creamy, tacky, and scrumptious. You possibly can assemble this lasagna in about 20 minutes. Soar to the Cheese Lasagna Recipe
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In case you have seen our recipes for veggie or no-fuss lasagna, you already know our love of lasagna. This time, we’re sharing a cheese model. Yep, no veggies or meat right here. Simply cheese. 5 sorts of cheese, actually.
The mix creates lasagna that’s completely wealthy, creamy, and scrumptious. Right here’s what we use:
- Complete milk ricotta cheese
- Mascarpone cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- Mozzarella cheese
- Fontina cheese
For the Finest Lasagna, Use Ricotta and Mascarpone Cheese
We name for ricotta cheese in all of our lasagna recipes. Nevertheless, once we made this cheese lasagna with our normal ricotta and parmesan filling (seen on this veggie model), it got here out too grainy.
I can solely assume it’s because there aren’t different substances like greens or floor meat so as to add one other texture. Adam agreed, so for essentially the most scrumptious cheese lasagna, we desire to make use of a mix of ricotta cheese and creamy mascarpone cheese.
With the mix of ricotta and mascarpone, you obtain essentially the most pretty wealthy and creamy layer between the noodles and sauce. I like the combo a lot that I plan on utilizing it every time I make different lasagna recipes from the weblog. I’m form of bummed that we hadn’t tried it sooner.
The ricotta filling on this lasagna combines ricotta, mascarpone cheese, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and one egg. The egg helps agency up the filling in order that it stays put in its personal layer.
FAQ: Cheese Substitutes
We understand that asking for 5 sorts of cheese is so much. So, in the event you can not discover one or discover one too costly, listed below are some ideas that can assist you.
- Ricotta cheese substitute: Attempt cottage cheese.
- Mascarpone cheese substitute: Use 8 ounces of ricotta or make a DIY mascarpone by beating 8 ounces of cream cheese with 1/4 cup heavy cream till easy and creamy.
- Mozzarella cheese substitute: Attempt provolone cheese
- Fontina cheese substitute: Fontina cheese is delicate and melts exceptionally effectively. Substitute it with provolone cheese.
- Parmesan cheese substitute: Attempt Grana Padano or Pecorino Romano cheese.
Apart from parmesan cheese, which is made with animal rennet (an enzyme used to assist the cheese set), the cheeses referred to as for on this cheese lasagna are sometimes vegetarian.
When searching for this recipe, double-check all labels and skip the parmesan. As a substitute, you may combine a couple of tablespoons of dietary yeast into the ricotta and mascarpone combination so as to add a tacky, salty taste like parmesan.
Assembling the Lasagna
When assembling the lasagna, we’ve got 4 layers of noodles with two kinds of cheese layers. Right here’s how we do it:
Begin with sauce unfold onto the underside of your baking dish. Subsequent, add the primary layer of lasagna noodles (we love no-boil noodles) plus half the ricotta-mascarpone combination and recent basil leaves.
Place the second layer of lasagna noodles plus sauce, mozzarella, and fontina cheese.
Then add the third layer of lasagna noodles plus the remaining ricotta-mascarpone combination and extra recent basil leaves. Lastly, add the fourth layer of lasagna noodles, remaining sauce, mozzarella, and fontina cheese on high.
Make Forward and Storing Suggestions
Lasagna is the proper make-ahead meal. Right here’s how I do it:
For those who make our home made purple sauce, it lasts in your fridge for as much as three days and in your freezer for about three months. We suggest utilizing freezer-safe glass containers or double-layer freezer luggage to retailer sauces. To thaw, go away it in a single day within the fridge.
You possibly can refrigerate unbaked lasagna. Cowl and refrigerate the assembled however unbaked lasagna for as much as two days. Once you cowl, use parchment paper between the lasagna and aluminum foil. Aluminum foil can react with tomatoes.
Baked lasagna additionally freezes effectively. Let it cool fully on a rack earlier than freezing, after which wrap it effectively with foil (we use two layers). When able to reheat, defrost the frozen lasagna in a single day within the fridge after which bake at 400°F for 40 minutes to 1 hour. (I desire baking and freezing the lasagna as an alternative of freezing raw lasagna.)
Final Cheese Lasagna
We love this cheese lasagna with the proper mix of cheeses that makes anybody weak on the knees. It’s wealthy, creamy, tacky, and scrumptious. Cheese substitutions will be discovered within the article above. We’ve additionally shared ideas for making this vegetarian-friendly.
Makes 8 servings
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You Will Want
12 to fifteen lasagna noodles, ideally no-boil noodles; see notes
8 ounces entire milk ricotta cheese
8 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 cup (2 ounces) grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese
1/4 teaspoon advantageous sea salt
1/4 teaspoon recent floor black pepper
1 massive egg, evenly crushed
1/2 cup recent basil leaves, torn into small items
8 ounces mozzarella, shredded, 2 packed cups
5 ounces fontina cheese, thinly sliced or shredded
3 cups home made purple sauce or use one 28-ounce jar of spaghetti sauce
Warmth the oven to 350 levels Fahrenheit. Frivolously oil a 13-inch by 9-inch baking dish or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine the ricotta, mascarpone, parmesan, salt, pepper, and crushed egg in a medium bowl.
Unfold one cup of sauce over the underside of the dish.
Place 3 to 4 lasagna noodles down, overlapping them barely. Relying in your dish, you would possibly want to interrupt a noodle into smaller items to fill any gaps.
Unfold half of the ricotta-mascarpone combination over the noodles, then scatter half of the basil leaves on high.
Add a second layer of noodles, after which unfold 1 cup of sauce over them.
Scatter half of the mozzarella cheese and half of the fontina cheese over the sauce.
Add a 3rd layer of noodles, unfold the remaining ricotta-mascarpone combination over them, after which scatter the remaining basil leaves on high.
End with the fourth layer of noodles and unfold the remaining sauce on high (about 1 cup). Lastly, end with the remaining mozzarella and fontina cheeses.
Bake the lasagna uncovered till the cheese bubbles and the noodles prepare dinner; about half-hour. For a golden-brown high, broil for a further one to 2 minutes. In case your dish is crammed to the highest, contemplate putting it onto a baking sheet earlier than baking within the oven to stop any oven mess from overflowing cheese and sauce.
Adam and Joanne’s Suggestions
- Noodles: No-boil noodles are a faster different to common noodles, and we get pleasure from how they’re barely thinner. This recipe requires one 9-ounce field of no-boil noodles. You need to use conventional lasagna noodles; we suggest boiling them first.
- Diet details: The vitamin details supplied under are estimates. We’ve used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.
Diet Per Serving: Serving Measurement 1/8 of the recipe / Energy 574 / Complete Fats 32.7g / Saturated Fats 18g / Ldl cholesterol 124.7mg / Sodium 1001.6mg / Carbohydrate 43g / Dietary Fiber 5.6g / Complete Sugars 6.3g / Protein 24.7g