Why it works: This comfort food staple can easily be elevated to another level by replacing the pre-packaged noodles with fresh pasta (bought from the prepared foods section of a reputable market!). The homemade lasagna noodles aren’t gummy and don’t split apart like their mass-produced counterparts. Plus, they add a layer of understated elegance to the dish. Use “rustic” to describe the dish and that will get her thinking about vineyards and villas in the Italian countryside. A stunning and authentic flavor combination is mushrooms and artichoke hearts in a creamy béchamel.
Takeaway tip: Since you’re building a stack of lasagna sheets, tread lightly with the sauce and don’t drown each layer in the filling.