By Cassie Johnston
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My sister has been in town all this week. She lives on the complete other side of the country from us, so it’s always a real treat when her family makes it back to Indiana to cavort with us Midwesterners.
I’m not sure if this is true for every family, or just ours, but whenever we all get together, our events always center around food. I know people like to spew the line that food is just fuel and it shouldn’t be emotional, but I call bologna on that. Food is inherently emotional. It is so much more than just calories to keep your body going.
And if you don’t believe me, you should pop by one of our big family dinners where the wine is always flowing and the food is always impeccable. I am very lucky to be in a large family of incredible cooks who really value good food. So when we get together, we eat. And we eat goooood.
Lasagna is one of those dishes that I never would whip together on a random Tuesday evening when it’s just our little family of three (no matter how awesome lasagna leftovers are). Lasagna is meant for special occasions. Even though lasagna isn’t really that difficult to make, it just feels like it needs to be shared with family and friends, doesn’t it?
If you ever invite me over to a dinner party (Please! I’d love to hang out with you!), you can make me über happy with a cheesy lasagna, a big bowl of salad, and a bottle (or three) of bottom shelf wine. Oh, and breadsticks. Because I heart hot bread.
I am not even a little bit Italian, so I won’t pretend to know what makes a lasagna authentic or not, but I will tell you that I’ve never met a lasagna I didn’t like. I think that’s the beauty of a lasagna. When you put together good, simple ingredients, you get amazing results.
Sure, you can get fancy if you like, but you really don’t need to. Some good sauce, some good cheese, and some good pasta, and you’re well on your way to the perfect lasagna.
Take this Lasagna Rosa for example, it’s meatless (which is good for my family, because we span the range from vegetarian to meat lover). It doesn’t have a lot of added “flair” in the form of mushrooms or veggies or herbs (also good, because we have some veggie-adverse kiddos, too). It’s got really good cheese. It’s got noodles. And it’s got a creamy, dreamy rosa sauce made by combining Bertolli Tomato & Basil sauce with Bertolli Alfredo sauce. It’s simple, but oh, so perfect.
This is such an interesting twist on a traditional lasagna. It’s like if you took my Penne Rosa and made it into a lasagna. It’s still got the traditional tomato flavor, but the added creaminess from the alfredo sauce makes it feel so hearty and cozy. Perfect for the rainy, cold, dreary Fall weather we’ve been having lately (which showed up just in time to welcome my sister back).
If you have your own family dinner party on the schedule, I think this Lasagna Rosa would be the perfect option to satisfy everyone (well, almost everyone). Enjoy!
This meatless Lasagna Rosa has a creamy tomato sauce that really sets it apart from your usual lasagna.
This post is sponsored by Bertolli and Lunchbox. Bertolli sauces are on sale through November 5th at Stop & Shop, Giant and Martin’s grocery stores. To learn more about Bertolli, visit their website or follow along on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. All content and opinions are my own.
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I buy very few canned/premade/packaged food. I get coconut milk, chocolate chips, and both the red and white Bertolli’s sauce by the case! They are fabulous!!! It’s my wick meal go-to, just boil some noodles and add a sauce. Mama needs a night off from cooking every now and again. They are also favorites for pizza sauces. I can’t wait to try this lasagna, I have everything on hand!
Yum! You really can’t go wrong with lasagna, and this one looks delicious! I never would have thought to combine marinara and Alfredo sauce.
I never met a lasagna I didn’t love – and this one sounds just about perfect
This lasagna looks like pure comfort food to me.
Yum, this looks so delicious! I’m making this next week, it’s decided!
This looks so good and comforting – my kind of food.
I too come from a big family and food family to be precise. There is always too much to eat when we all gather together! That lasagna looks quite stunning :)
I love this recipe but I find the product placement a little jarring. You grow lots of amazing food and like canning so why would you use ready made sauces? I know you need to make money – we all need to make a living and you dereve an income – but every post on your blog is sponsored nowadays…
Thanks for your feedback! I’ve been working on accepting that I’m in a season of my life where I need to put less pressure on myself to always be perfect when it comes to homemaking things. I have a post coming up soon about how I’ve been working to let go of this (specifically in regards to the garden and preserving). Someday I’ll be at the point where I can spend an extra two hours making my own marinara and alfredo from scratch, but that time is not now. And I’m trying to be okay with it! If you do have the time, that’s awesome! And you can definitely make this recipe with your own homemade sauces, and I’m sure it’ll be way delicious. I hope to get back there someday.
And as far as the high number of sponsored posts, that’s just the way the seasonal nature of advertising goes. I barely did any sponsored work all summer long, but during the holiday season, a lot of companies want to get their message out there. And like you said, I need to make a living just like everyone else. I strive to still generate good quality content, even when it is backed by a sponsor, so my hope is that folks still enjoy my take on things even during this sponsorship-heavy season. My income is very cyclical, and without a sponsorship-heavy October, November, and December, I wouldn’t be able to pay my bills the rest of the year. I understand it can be jarring to see so much brand-driven content in a row, but know that I am very careful about the brands I choose to work with, and each one is from a brand I trust, use, and am proud to be associated with. Again, thanks for your feedback! It really means a lot to me that you care enough to chime in when you’re struggling with something I’m doing. Seriously. Thank you!
What an amazing looking lasagna! I rarely make lasagna because in my brain it takes hours to make…which we know is not true! I love how you used the jar sauces to help make things even faster.
Sounds delicious! I’d have you at a dinner party anyday … If you’re ever in country Australia, please pop in!! :-)
This sounds amazing!! I love that you used jarred sauces because I need these easy recipes after working all week! Can’t wait to try! :-)
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