Do you have a favourite lasagna recipe? Seriously, I think I make it differently every time. I have a super streamlined version that is just a meat layer and a ricotta layer. Then there are variations that include:
Veggies: marinated artichokes, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, spinach, zucchini, pumpkin, mushrooms, peas (yeah, really), dried chillies
Cheese: mozzarella, Parmesan, goat cheese, cottage cheese
Meats: chicken breast, ground beef
Sauces: rose, marinara, puttanesca, bechamel, Alfredo
My favourite experiment was pumpkin with caramelized onions, bechamel sauce and mozzarella. Mmmm. It was awesome.
This version was fairly tame.
I started by sauteeing onion, red pepper and marinated artichoke hearts. Then I added the ground beef. This is my little trick for draining the fat. I line a bowl with paper towels, dump in the beef, then more paper towels on top. I find this easier than trying to hold the heavy frypan over the sink to drain the fat. I used to lose as much beef as I kept in the pan that way.
I used a rose sauce which was just a canned pasta sauce with cream in it. I just eyeball it until I like the colour. You could add cheese to this as well and it would be great.
Under this sauce is a layer of ricotta (with a beaten egg) that I forgot to photograph. You'll have to dig out your imagination hats.
Our neighbour brought over a big bag of fresh-picked green beans for us. Mmmm,....they were the perfect accompaniment.