I love to serve Italian for company. It makes such a hearty, warm, satisfying meal that creates a mood of comfort and conversation. This is a good one for that… it’s hard to go wrong with alfredo lasagne (of course, check w/your guests for lacto-issues first!).
- 12 lasagne noodles, cooked to package directions.
- 2 medium sized zucchini, washed, trimmed, and sliced. I like to halve lentghtwise, then slice into 1/4″ thick bite sized slices.
- 2 medium sized summer squash, prepared same as zucchini.
- 2 cups shredded motzerella cheese
- 2 tbsp parsley flakes
- 2 tspn dried oregano
- one carton ricotta cheeese (mix with 1 tbsp parsley flakes)
Make alfredo sauce:
1 stick unsalted butter, melted)
3 cloves fresh crushed, diced garlic (I LOVE garlic though… use your own judgement on quantity for your tastes.)
1 large onion, diced
Saute garlic and onion in butter over medium heat until just tender.
Add 1 cup of heavy cream, and 1 cup of parmesan (or romano, or mixed) freshly grated cheese. Add parsley and oregano, and salt/pepper to taste. Turn heat to low and stir until melted and blended. Remove from heat.
Grease your lasagne pan, and place a single layer of the noodles, then a layer of ricotta, then zucchini, then alfredo, then noodles, then ricotta, then squash, then alfredo… continue until out of ingredients, or out of space in the pan. Top with shredded motzerella.
Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
Use any extra ingredients for an impromptu pasta meal another day!
***Also, for a little variety, try a version using sauteed asparagus, onions, and mushrooms! Or, broccoli and carrots. Or sun dried tomatoes, peppers and black olives. Or Spinach/Other Greens and mushrooms. Use your imagination for a creative, beautiful, and tasty meal option!
*** Remember, while there’s nothing like freshly made italian food… the flavors only get even better after they sit for a day. The flavors meld and strengthen… so go aheaad and make extra and enjoy it as leftovers!