In a rare moment of bravery, I attempted to make a lasagna. I know that many people have made lasagnas with great success before, but in my family, making lasagna is a labour of love only my mother can perform. In truth, I just never tried it because I thought there were way too many steps involved.
But I got this awesome pasta maker for Christmas that I've been dying to try out, and thought I should finally put it to use. I decided on making flat lasagna noodles for my first go with the machine (which meant I could just use the base unit and not any attachments). Of course, making lasagna noodles meant making actual lasagna.
So I did. Check it out by clicking the title of this post or the "read more" link.
Now before you throw your hands up and say "I don't have 2 hours to spend in the kitchen on one meal," let me just say that I realize I could have saved a lot of time by doing a few things ahead of time. I think, if you wanted to make this dish quickly, you could probably do it by following these time-saving suggestions:
- Use store bought lasagna noodles (or make homemade noodles ahead of time)
- Make the meat/vegetable filling as well as the cheese filling ahead of time and keep in the fridge until you're ready to assemble.
- Use your own pre-made or store-bought sauce. Although, this cauliflower sauce is really the best part of the dish, and I recommend making that fresh.
The other thing to consider is that this recipe makes a large pan, and serves up to 10, depending on how big you cut your pieces. You can keep it in the fridge for up to a week, and it also freezes really well. So in the end, all the work is worth it in order to have some ready-to-go-meals on a busy night.
Everything Lasagna with Cauliflower "Alfredo" Sauce
For the Meat/Vegetable Layer
For the Cheese Layer
For the Pasta (if making by scratch)
For the Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
Assembling and Cooking the Lasagna
If making pasta from scratch, visit THIS POST and follow directions.
To Make the Meat/Vegetable Filling
To Make the Cheese Layer
To Make the Cauliflower Sauce