Thanksgiving - thankful for lasagna

The Pilgrims and Native Americans may not have served lasagna at the first Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean it can't be part of yours.

Treasure Coast fresh pasta

Plenty of Italian-Americans have figured out that it's never a bad idea to have a pan of warm cheesy pasta goodness on the table, even when a giant turkey is taking center stage (the food turkey, not one of your relatives). The depths of flavor in a lasagna are a delicious foil to the starchy decadence of the standard Thanksgiving menu items.

Treasure Coast fresh pasta
Shout out to Joan for this post!

If you're too much of a traditionalist to serve lasagna alongside turkey, mashed, and stuffing, may we suggest you make a Thanksgiving leftovers lasagna? Instead of layers of meat sauce and ricotta, you're going to use Garden of Esther fresh lasagna sheets with all those Thursday leftovers: turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and gravy. You could even layer in vegetables, like carrots or green beans, if you're going to pretend that anything about this is healthy. (Take a look at this recipe, but be forewarned that these chefs use a lot of colorful language:

Treasure Coast fresh pasta
Spinach lasagna sheets! Built-in veggies!

You could even try something that blends a traditional lasagna with the fall flavors we all look for on the Thanksgiving table - how about a butternut squash lasagna? The butternut squash will remind you of the pumpkin pie to come, and mixed with some roasted garlic and sage, all held together with melted cheese amidst the lasagna noodles - yum! (If you try this recipe, let us know how it turned out:

Treasure Coast fresh pasta
Garden of Esther makes plain lasagna sheets, too

You can also find a slew of lasagna recipes that are meatless, so you aren't condemning your vegetarian guests to naked mashed potatoes and stuffing without turkey gravy - because really, aren't the potatoes and stuffing just a vehicle for the gravy?. (Your veggie guests will be grateful when you serve as an option:

If you're hosting family or friends, you might be thinking lasagna is too much work to add to an already lengthy list of food you have to make on Thursday. But you can make lasagna ahead of time! No basting required.

So whether you're ready to rekindle the childhood Thanksgiving lasagna, or you're ready to start a new tradition, Garden of Esther has the fresh lasagna sheets you need! And we won't even insist that you invite us for dinner.

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the moments of food, family, and friends.

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