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Christmas Lasagna

The Sassy Barn

Christmas Traditions are my favorite and adding Austin’s traditions with mine are even more special! His mom makes a Christmas lasagna every year and if you know me by now there are a few things I love, carbs and cheese (lol!)

This is a pretty traditional lasagna! I add cottage cheese to the ricotta mixture which makes it extra creamy.

Let’s get started!


  • 2lbsground beef
  • 1medium onion,chopped (optional)
  • 3clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1Tbspolive oil
  • 1 large can or jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 15ozcan diced tomatoes
  • 2 tspItalian seasonings
  • 1tspsalt & pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese,shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2cupgrated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 16ozbox lasagna pasta,you will only need about 15 noodles or adjust to fit your

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Zabaglione Recipe – The Delicious Italian Yellow Custard

Authentic Italian Recipes from Nonna Box

Zabaglione is traditionally served with fresh, ripe figs and, in Italy, is known as zabaione or zabajone – the name varies depending on the country. It may have originated in Venice where honey was used instead of sugar, but most likely Piedmont is the Italian region of origin.

Some say the Italian dessert dates back to 1471, when Captain Baglioni (often called ‘Zvàn Bajòun’), short of food, managed to muster up random ingredients of eggs, sugar and wine, with which he made this creamy concoction. Another story tells that it goes back to the sixteenth century, when it was created in honor of St. Pasqual Baylón (hence similar dessert names sambayon and zabajone), the patron saint of cooks and pastry chefs, who recommended that wives give it to their “tired” husbands (interpret that how you wish). And, believe it or not, more explanations of the dessert’s origins still abound.


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Cannoli Cheesecake Recipe [Italian Cheesecake]

Authentic Italian Recipes from Nonna Box

Cannoli cheesecake is a combination of two true Italian classics. You get to enjoy two delicious Italian desserts and never need to choose which to have- you can have them both!

So how did cannoli cheesecake come to be an, most importantly, how can you make such a fantastic dessert?

Those questions will be answered right here! Let?s start by taking a look at cannoli and then move on to cheesecake before combining the two into the mouthwatering dessert you likely are craving already.

What are Cannoli?


Cannoli is the plural word for cannolo which means ?little tube? it Italian. The dessert is now usually referred to simply as ?cannoli?, even if there is only one pastry. The dessert is essentially a fried tube of dough that is then stuffed with a sweet cream filling.

The ingredients of the filling may vary depending on where you purchase the dessert…

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Easy Torta Caprese Recipe (Chocolate Almond Flourless Cake)

Authentic Italian Recipes from Nonna Box

Capri, where this cake originated, is famous for it?sLimoncelloand that?s probably why it was used initially.

However, I cannot imagine the cake made without it. It?s delicious, very easy and very quick to make during the Easter break.

You?ll notice it contains no flour and consists entirely of roughly chopped chocolate and nuts with only the eggs to hold it all together ? take care, it could be crumbly when it?s hot so take care with it.

It?s probably a very good idea to allow the cake to rest somewhere cool until it reaches room temperature before you serve it ? it tastes far better then, anyway.

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