A lasagna recipe (also: lasagne recipe) for the Passover / Pesach (or Jewish Passover) festival can be easily accomplished by substituting matzo for the pasta. There are many types of lasagna recipes, with each one adding different vegetables in them. The following recipe for lasagna includes many different vegetables and is easy to make.

What is lasagna? Lasagna is a form of pasta arranged in sheets and also a dish within which the pasta in sheets is made. The word "lasagna" was first mentioned in the 13th century as part of a layered dish. The term "lasagna" (plural form "lasagne") derives from the Greek word "lasanon", meaning "chamber pot". The Romans then borrowed the word and called it "lassanum", meaning "cooking pot". Later on, the Italians then borrowed the word and called it "lasagna" and it referred to the dish in which lasagna was made. Today, the word "lasagna" or "lasagne" refers to just the dish in which the lasagna is made, however, the Americans usually use the singular version "lasagna" to refer to both the dish and the pasta while the British generally use the plural form "lasagne" to refer to both the dish and pasta. Parmesan or ricotta cheese are most often the types of cheeses used in a lasagna recipe, although there can be several different kinds of cheeses used in a lasagna recipe. A green lasagna recipe includes the regular egg pasta with spinach added. The following lasagna recipe for the Passover / Pesach festival does not use any cheeses because there is meat used in the recipe. Dairy products and by-products cannot be mixed with meat according to Jewish dietary laws, which outline the kosher rules as well as the kosher for Passover rules for a food and/or beverage.

Passover Lasagna Recipe

3 stalks celery, diced
2 medium onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 pound hamburger (or ground turkey or veal)
3 cans tomato mushrooms sauce or 1 large jar spaghetti sauce
Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
4 eggs, beaten
4 sheets of matzo

Instructions for the Passover Lasagna recipe:

  1. Sauté celery, onion, pepper and mushrooms. Remove from pan. Brown hamburger.
  2. Drain off liquid.
  3. Add vegetables to the hamburger along with the tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce.
  4. Add salt, pepperand garlic powder; simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Run the matzo under water, turning to rinse both sides. Do not soak matzo, just dampen.
  6. Lightly coat both sides with beaten egg.
  7. Place some hamburger mixture in bottom of a 9-by-13-inch (22.86-centimeter-by-33.02-centimeter) casserole.
  8. Place two matzo on top of mixture. Repeat layers. End with meat mixture.
  9. Pour any remaining egg over top layer.
  10. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius or Centigrade).

Serves 4 to 8.

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