If the suit makes the man, surely the cheese makes the lasagna. Layered with savory meat, zesty sauce and creamy cheese, lasagna transforms a plain, flat pasta noodle into a Leaning Tower of Pisa-esque work of art. Ricotta cheese, which is similar in consistency to cottage cheese, is often combined with egg and seasoning before becoming part of the culinary creation and can often be found in small mounds on the top layer, giving the baked casserole a snow-capped effect.
Depending on which recipe you use, lasagna can be layered in a variety of ways. Usually, the flat lasagna noodle forms the base, followed by layers of meat sauce, cheese, vegetables or other ingredients. Classic lasagna can be topped with sauce or cheese, such as Parmesan, mozzarella or dots of ricotta cheese. For a more savory cheese mixture, blend ricotta with egg, Parmesan cheese and oregano before adding it to the lasagna.
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