Students Have Mixed Feelings toward Lasagna

Posted on March 20, 2013 by


Among the many Italian pasta dishes, lasagna is one of the most common. It is a relatively inexpensive pasta dish to make. Many students do have an opinion on how to prepare their pasta and how they eat it as well. Lasagna is one dish that can be simple but also extravagant depending on the recipe used.

In Nancy Castiglioni’s Culinary Essentials class, students made a recipe that is easy and quick to prepare. Each group made their own sauce and then prepared a dish with the sauce. Castiglioni’s recipe was written as follows:


  • • 2 cups ricotta cheese or small curd creamed cottage cheese
  • • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves or 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • • 2 jars (28 ounces) tomato paste sauce
  • • 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  • • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • • Additional shredded mozzarella cheese, if desired


  • • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • • Mix ricotta cheese, ½ cup parmesan cheese, parsley, and oregano.
  • • Spread 2 cups of the pasta sauce in ungreased rectangular pan. Top with 4 cooked noodles.
  • • Spread ricotta mixture over noodles. Spread 2 cups of the pasta sauce and top with 4 more cooked noodles. Repeat those steps until finished with all noodle layers.
  • • Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake about 30 minutes longer or until bubbly. Sprinkle with additional mozzarella cheese. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.

“Meatballs have to be separate from pasta! [I] hate that,” Elizabeth Walrand said.

While some students enjoy eating pasta, others do not. Due to the sometimes slimy or noodles, there are people who do not enjoy it.

“I think lasagna is nasty,” Zachary Cronrath said.

“Lasagna is gross and too cheesy,” Ally Haas said.

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