Today I am "auditioning" 2 vegetable lasagna recipes. The family is hosting a baby shower for my niece. The food theme is Italian, with the plan to serve a variety of lasagna's; traditional lasagna with ground beef/sausage meat, a chicken mushroom marsala lasagna, and a vegetable lasagna. The first 2 lasagna's are proven recipes that we have previously made. But no one has a go-to recipe for vegetable lasagna. I researched and found 2 recipes that I thought would be interesting, each different from the other. One will be Roasted Eggplant Lasagna with Parsley/Basil Pesto, that is layered with a creamy bechamel sauce and ricotta cheese. The other is 4 Cheese Spinach Lasagna, using cottage cheese, goat cheese, parmesan, and mozzarella, with a tomato sauce. I will make each of these today, using my 2 nieces (mother-to-be and her sister) as judges. They, and their families, will have to "suffer" through the tasting such that the shower guests will not have to be "guinea pigs". It's a tough life, but they are up to the task.
Stay tuned...it is snowing and very cold. A perfect day for making lasagna.