Free-form! We like free-form lasagna. Don’t argue with me.
This is one of those springy-summery meals that’s super comforting, but doesn’t feel like you ate a wet cinder block. It’s also vegetarian, but you can absolutely throw in some shredded rotis if your hearts cries.
LEZ BREAK HER DOWN.
By the way, are these helpful? My little graphics? I enjoy putting them together, because I’m psychotically visually driven, but I’m always like, “Do they care? Do they hate them? Are they out there? WHO AM I.”
Super simple sitch here, ma’ams. We roast a head of cauliflower.
And you know my rule, a FULL HOUR. Give it an entire hour in that hot hot hot oven! Not a minute less. One whole hour. You want color. You want depth. You want charring and flavor and tenderness and lusciousness.
And then there’s the cauliflower! (ba-domp.)
So since this is a free-form lasagna, the ricotta is going to be dollop nation station. You’ll add some fresh lemon juice to it, a good pinch of salt and pepper, and that’s AWL. I mean all. And it doesn’t have to stay cold. Room temp is fine, once you whisk it all together.
Okay, these were those flat, fancy no-boil lasagna sheet from Trader Joe’s, but I obviously had to boil them. Since it’s free form. You know.
But my tip here is, boil these last second! You don’t want them to get rubbery and sticky if you’re waiting around for the cauliflower to roast. Get everything nearly done, then drop these into boiling water for a few minutes until they soften. Then IMMEDIATELY layer up your las! (<–las = lasagna. was that weird? okay.)
A few lasagna sheets, a drizzle of oil, some roasted cauli, a few (thawed) peas, dollops of lemony ricotta, just get all willy nilly with it.
Also – if you need to drizzle a few baby drops of the starchy water over everything, juuuuust to give it the slightest hint of a sauce, go for it! The ricotta will soften into it, and it will become this light, lemony glossiness. You’ll barely be able to handle it.
And the parmesan! And basil! And the extra lemon wedges! (I’ll relax.)
And one more drizzle of olive oil and a good grind of black pepper and your entire upper torso.
Summer = free form. So.