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5 Surprising Twists on Classic Lasagna

We love lasagna, especially during comfort food casserole season. That big old crush grew deeper when I stumbled on a stash of deliciously different lasagna recipes on the site. These non-traditional takes on the layered pasta dish stretch the very definition, but we'll buy into the remakes if it means satisfyingly cheesy -- or sweet -- bites.

1) Ooey Gooey Chili Mac Lasagna

Velveeta! That's the secret to this ultra-gooey lasagna casserole that combines classics. Molten Queso dip, chili and oven-ready sheets of pasta are layers and baked until the lasagna turns golden on top, about 45 minutes. Even doubters of that magical melt-y power of the popular processed cheese will turn into fans after one bite of this way tasty mashup, promise.

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Photo by Vanessa Greaves

2) Angie's Polenta Lasagna

Using the traditional cornmeal from Italy as the foundation for the stacked up supper makes for a heartier main course. Fortunately, prepared polenta is widely available these days, making this one easy to assemble. If you're a vegetarian, skip the meat and add sauteed mushrooms on top.

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Photo via Meredith Publishing

3) Zoodle Lasagna

Who needs pasta when there's zucchini? This version scores bonus points for being gluten-free, and at less than 300 calories a serving, it's a lot lighter than most lasagna preparations.

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Photo by Buckwheat Queen

4) Cheesy Lasagna Soup

Call this a "deconstructed" lasagna, with all the usual ingredients going into one pot. Dinner is served in under an hour, including prep time. There's also a wheat-free variation.

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Photo by Meredith Publishing

5) S'mores Lasagna

No campfire? No problem! This layered dessert isn't exactly like last summer's great outdoor experience, but it still tastes pretty darned delicious. And, it's a blast to sit around and share.

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Photo by Kasandra

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About Leslie Kelly

Always hungry to learn, never had my fill of oysters, Memphis dry rub ribs, wild salmon, chocolate chip cookies or a well-rolled lumpia. Washington state wine lover, bourbon fan. Totally obsessed with brunch!