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the day-after lasagna

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Usually I compose my lasagna adding layers of pasta, tomatoes, meat, vegetables, cheese … I put it in the oven & about 30 min later there is a delicious sizzling lasagna waiting to be cut into pieces to end up on a plate.

This time I prepared a lasagna that is meant to rest for about some hours – or even better for a day – before served. I thought about it. The lasagna is rather simple: there’s only the pasta, the cheese & lots of fresh tomatoes. I could imagine that after the oven session all the ingredients would like to set & melt into each other. An over all tomato flavor would have time to develop. All might get creamy …

Another advantage is that you may prepare the lasagne in advance & reheat it just before serving. It’s perfect when planning a day full of activities, maybe also far from home. Then you come home & you’ll only need to put the lasagna in the microwave for some minutes …

I found the idea for this lasagna in Jul’s Kitchen. The original recipe is meant for about 8 servings – at least! (Meaning that I reduced the amounts for the lasagna … so that it fitted nicely into my casserole.)

So I started … mainly w/ my stocked basics … during an Friday afternoon aiming at a dinner on Saturday evening.

What do we need:

  • pasta i. e. lasagna sheets (w/o need of pre-cooking)
  • fresh tomatoes
  • fresh basil leaves
  • mozzarella
  • pecorino
  • cream.

I’ve got always pasta, basil, pecorino & cream in my pantry resp. fridge. So I only had to buy tomatoes & mozzarella.

I tried this simple lasagna more than once & I can assure that you may substitute parmesan for pecorino, a mix from milk & cream for pure cream.

The preparation was easy:

  • Chopping the mozzarella
  • Grating the pecorino
  • Cleaning, squeezing & chopping the tomatoes.

Preheat the oven to 180° C fan.

Add some olive oil to a fitting casserole & start w/ 2 sheets of lasagna.

There will be 3 layers. Each will have:

  • tomatoes
  • mozzarella
  • pecorino
  • basil leaves.

Finalize each layer w/ 2 sheets of lasagna.

Of course it’s also possible to reduce the lasagna to 2 layers!

I think you got it.

I broke the last lasagna sheets into pieces & added the rest of pecorino. Then I poured the cream all over the lasagna.

It marched in the preheated oven for about 30 min. (I made the test w/ the wooden pin – my pasta was fine after 30 min. Maybe another lasagna pasta may use some more minutes …)

We had 4 servings out of our lasagna which we reheated the day after in the microwave.

The top layer of lasagna sheets was rather dry & crispy, however, after a day of rest & setting it was fine having soaked up a lot of liquid.

I especially loved the overall mix of tomatoes & cheese … melting on my tongue!


the day-after lasagna
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Servings: 4
  • 8 lasagna sheets (pre-cooking not required)
  • 700 g small tomatoes (cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes …)
  • 3 balls mozzarella (375 g)
  • 80 g pecorino (grated)
  • 250 ml cream
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  • fresh basil leaves
  • some olive oil
  • casserole (20 x 20 cm)
how to:
  • Preheat the oven to 180° C fan.
  • Grate the pecorino.
  • Chop the mozzarella.
  • Clean & halve resp. quater the tomatoes. Squeeze to discard fluids & the pits/seeds.
  • Add salt & pepper to the cream.
  • Grab the casserole & oil the bottom.
  • Add 2 lasagna sheets. Distribute ⅓ of the tomatoes, ⅓ of the mozzarella, ¼ of the grated pecorino & some basil leaves.
  • Repeat last step twice.
  • Finish w/ 2 lasagna sheets (broken into parts) & add the rest of the grated pecorino on top.
  • Pour the cream all over the lasagna.
  • Let it bake in the oven for about 30 min.
  • Let the lasagna cool down & store on your kitchen counter or in your fridge until next day.
  • Reheat the lasagna in the microwave (or in your oven).
You may substitute 50% cream & 50% milk for 100% cream.
You may substitute grated parmesan for grated pecorino.
When leaving the oven the lasagna sheets on top may be crunchy. After a day of resting they will get much softer.
You may also prepare the lasagna only w/ 6 lasagna sheets resulting in only 2 layers … Reduced the amounts of everything accordingly.

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