a not so successful lasagna

I am obsessed – OBSESSED – with Starbucks Iced Tall Soy Lattes.

I’m pretty sure the reason I like this Starbucks drink so much is because of the particular soymilk they use. Today, I treated myself to an Iced Tall Soy Latte and while I was waiting for my drink, I snuck a peak at the brand of soymilk they used while making the drink.

All it said on the carton was “Organic Vanilla Soymilk.” What BRAND?!?!? I really couldn’t find the brand…anyone know?

I wish I could have an iced latte every single day of my life. Actually, I used to be a bad girl and get it every weekday. But I’m trying to be a better girl.

But I’m happy to say I am finally a Gold member! At least the soymilk is free now (it went up to $0.60!!!)


In other news, Jeff and I went to Walmart tonight to pick up some random items. I LOVE mini trips to Walmart, Target, etc. Don’t laugh, but I picked up a pair of these.

I like to wear these when I “go out” (which I will be doing on Saturday) or for special occasions! I think eyelashes are one of the biggest factors that can brighten up your eyes. Plus, the fakes one are a LOT cheaper (and safer) than extensions!


For dinner tonight I tried my hand at lasagna again.

It came out alright, but I think one of the biggest reasons for the flop was the type of cheese I used. From now on, I’ll be sticking with shredded mozzarella!

Fresh mozzarella is so stinkin’ hard to slice if you don’t have a cheese slicer! I considered using floss to slice the cheese but I only had mint-flavored flossy and didn’t want minty mozzarella. Thought “minty mozzarella” does have a nice ring to it!

Also, next time I will be getting the “yes-boil” lasagne noodles. But instead of boiling them, I’ll use Alton Brown’s method (I love Alton!) of soaking the noodles in hot water for about 20 minutes and then just layering from there. So not REALLY boiling. I don’t know what it is about boiling noodles, but sometimes it just seems so inconvenient! Which I guess is what the appeal is for these “no-boil” noodles.

Anyway, I sauteed the Andouille Chicken Sausage in a pan and added the tomato pasta sauce. And then I got to layering!


Little bit of sauce:




Chicken Sausage sauce:


A layer of thinly sliced zucchini:


A layer of sliced portabella mushroom:


And lastly, a layer of awkwardly chopped fresh mozzarella:


I repeated this layering 3 times, until I got to the top!

Yumz. But as you can see, the cheese got sort of uneven and gloopy. Sticking with the shredded!

Also, next time I will ROAST the veggies. Oh yum, what flavor would that bring!

Make this, and tweak it however you want!


Andouille Chicken Sausage Lasagna

Serves: 4-6



1 package lasagna noodles (next time I wont use “no-boil”)

2 cups favorite tomato sauce

2 links chicken sausage (taken out of casing and crumbled)

1/2 lb mozzarella cheese, sliced (next time I’ll stick with shredded)

2 zucchinis, thinly sliced lengthwise

1 portabella mushroom, thinly sliced



Preheat oven to 375F.

Begin by sauteeing the sausage on the stove in a pan. Add tomato sauce and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Set aside until ready to use.

In a baking dish, begin with a very thin layer of the meat sauce. Then layer lasagna noodles, meat sauce, zucchini, mushroom, then mozzarella. Repeat until you reach the top of the baking dish, ending with mozzarella.

Cover the top of the baking dish with foil and bake about 30-40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for a few more minutes until the top is melted and bubbly.


Not too many dishes with this one either. Always a good thing. ;)



12 Comments to “a not so successful lasagna”

  1. looks delicious – beautiful photos, too! (I can never take a good photo of lasagna!)

  2. wow that looks amazing! i admit to never trying those eyelashes but i am intrigued!

  3. Mitzi! This looks GLORIOUS!!! Definitely not a fail.

    Yes, shredded cheese simplifies life so much though doesn’t it? ;)

    I adore cheese – have you tried Goat?

    Where do you live – I want to move there! – I just seen your beautiful Farmer’s Market excursions :)

  4. bahaha I know what you mean about the soymilk girllll!!!! there’s a certain soymilk that starbucks and some other places use that I particularly like–very nutty and creamy. :P boyyy your Nikon sure does eat your food beauuutifullyyyy! awesome photos Mitzi!

  5. That lasagna looks really good! I love portabellas!

  6. that lasagna looks like a total success! not a failure =)

  7. Looks successful to me! Yummy!

  8. That looks super yummy! And I am making lasagne tonight, so I will be taking some inspiration from you. One thing about the no boil noodles… they work great, but only if you use about twice the tomato sauce as normal boiled noodle lasagne.
    Roasting the vegetables sounds like a wonderful idea. Thank you!

    • that’s what i thought about the no-boil noodles! whenever i made lasagna the past few times i made it, i always ran out of toppings/sauce which is why i don’t think the noodles came out too well. let me know how the lasagna works out for you! next time i will definitely roast the veggies.

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