His + Hers Dinner: An Easy Lasagna Duo

His + Hers Dinner: Lasagna Dinner Duo

rollin’ with the homies

Lasagna is one of those perfect comfort foods that is simple to prepare, easy to make, palate pleasing for the pickiest eaters, and leaves delectable leftovers. I’m a big fan of the ease of Crockpot cooking, and have even had success with lasagna in the slow cooker. No matter what the variation, lasagna is a practically fool proof dish.

I didn’t want to lose that effortlessness in splitting the meal between my meat-eating gent and my own veggie lifestyle. As soon as I got out two baking dishes and started contemplating the merits of prepping two whole lasagnas, the complications began mounting. Would I need to recalculate baking times and temperatures for such a dense dinner? Could I freeze the inevitable huge amount of leftovers? Instead, we enjoyed a new His + Hers Dinner, the Lasagna Duo. As with my His + Hers Chili Duo, I’m not going to walk you through how to make standard lasagna. Overall, you’ll prep the dish your own way or use a preferred internet resource like Epicurious. I’m going to share how I split this dinner between a capricious carnivore and a voracious vegetarian,  for a super easy and delicious supper.

This duo starts with the lasagna noodles. First, I made a small lasagna start to finish according to his taste, which is the most basic meat, cheese, pasta, and sauce layers. Leftover, I had about a half a dozen stray noodles. I laid each noodle flat. At one end, I piled on a trio of bright bell peppers, onions, and spinach, all of which I’d sauteed while I prepped the first lasagna. Over the length of each noodle, I sprinkled cheese (most folks use ricotta, I find it too rich and prefer low fat cottage cheese seasoned with garlic and herbs) and spinach.

Grasping the veggie covered end of the noodle, I secured that heavier part into a sort of pocket and simply rolled it up. The boiled pasta’s sticky texture makes it easy to secure the loose end. I laid the six pieces in a pie pan and covered them with the sauce that remained from the main lasagna. Baked alongside the meaty lasagna, my little roll-ups didn’t require any extra attention and turned out absolutely scrumptious. Casandra Armour

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