Molly Morgan, author of the new cookbook Skinny-Size It, shares her polenta and vegetable lasagna recipe
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Lasagna happens to be a dish that everyone can enjoy. There are ton of ways to make this classic baked pasta dish. Whether you’re vegan, lactose-intolerant, vegetarian, or carnivorous, lasagna is the perfect dish for you. What I love most about lasagna is that you can easily make it ahead — which gives you more time to spend with your guests.
Lasagna is a pretty heavy dish. You really don’t need many sides to complement a hearty and delicious pan of cheesy pasta. I always opt for a nice Caesar salad or just a traditional house salad on the side. That said, I couldn’t imagine serving this dish without warm toasty garlic bread.
Luckily, if you’re the host who does the most, this dish is something you can make the night before. Make-ahead dishes are a host’s go-to when hosting a dinner party for friends. Head to your supermarket, prep your dinner the night before, chill your favorite bottle of wine, and let the good times roll.
Beef and Sausage Lasagna
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This easy, cheesy lasagna recipe uses both beef and Italian sausage for a hearty, flavorful baked pasta dish. Add some heat by using hot Italian sausage and adding a pinch of red pepper flakes to the marinara sauce.
Butternut Squash Lasagna
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Super creamy and packed with antioxidants, this butternut squash lasagna strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savory. If you don’t have butternut squash on hand, substitute carrots or sweet potatoes instead.