Lasagna and Me.

Even though I love spaghetti, and Italian food in general, Lasagna is not a dish I enjoyed while growing up. Crazy, right? Is it any wonder, then, that my first attempt at making Lasagna was…well, not a disaster, but it was a mess.

Lasagna Classico from Olive Garden

Olive Garden’s Tour of Italy is one of my favorite dishes to order. However, most of the time I end up giving the lasagna portion to my hubby. I don’t quite understand why I don’t like it, really. It’s not all that different from spaghetti. However, it is definitely a dish I have to be in the mood for or I don’t enjoy it. My husband, on the other hand, does enjoy it.

So when my husband asked me to make some for dinner one night, I found a recipe and followed every step exactly as it was written. It seemed so easy! When I asked him how he liked it, as I do with all new recipes, he told me it was good but that it was missing something. When I showed him the recipe I used, he said it was missing some ingredients, mainly spices. So there we go. Luckily since then I have found a recipe that we both enjoy.

Skillet Lasagna from The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime

I’m talking about Ree Drummond’s Skillet Lasagna. Made with bow-tie pasta, marinara sauce, and sour cream, it is right up my alley. As it appears that Isbe may have an intolerance for tomatoes, it’s been a little while since I last made it. When I told my husband I was making it again for dinner, he got really excited. I had intended to make it last Tuesday, but I discovered my meal plans for Monday fell through, I rearranged everything and made it then. Hubby got home and was thrilled as he had been craving it. Apparently having it for lunch almost every day last week wasn’t enough for him, either, as he asked me to make it again this week. I guess I’ll oblige him.

Instead of using plain marinara sauce, we use Bertolli Olive Oil, Basil, and Garlic sauce. Since I’m interested in learning what I can about cooking, I also like to throw together my own Italian Seasoning instead of buying a pre-mixed packed from the store. My mix usually contains Oregano, Parsley, Garlic powder, and Salt, as I always have those on hand. If I have them I’ll also add some Thyme and Rosemary. We also often switch out the shredded Mozzarella for Parmesan since it’s the hubby’s favorite Italian food garnish.

What about you? Is Lasagna a dish you enjoy or do you pass it off to another? Have you attempted to make it and what were the results? I’d love to hear from you so let me know in the comments! Happy Monday!

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