Recipe by Sima Kazarnovsky

Spicy Vodka Lasagna

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Dairy Dairy
Easy Easy
8 Servings

I admit to getting a little thrill of excitement from the prospect of making noodles and cheese the star of the seudah. What was once a Motzaei Shabbos comfort food gets elevated to main dish status for one of the Shalosh Regalim!   Jokes aside, this is not your typical mac-and-cheese. The homemade spicy vodka sauce does wonders in elevating this dish from typical lasagna to Yom Tov-worthy. Enjoy!



  • 1 pound (450 grams) raw Tuscanini Lasagna Noodles

  • 1 cup cottage cheese, divided

  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

  • Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling (optional)

  • oregano, for sprinkling (optional)

  • salt, for sprinkling (optional)

  • crushed red pepper, for sprinkling (optional)

  • 4 tablespoons water, divided

Spicy Vodka Sauce

  • 2 (14-oz./400-g.) cans Tuscanini Diced Tomatoes

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon oregano

  • 1 teaspoon basil

  • pepper, to taste


Prepare the Spicy Vodka Lasagna


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).


To make the sauce: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and jalapeño and sauté until the onion is translucent. Add salt and garlic cubes and mix until fragrant.


Add tomato paste and mix well. Add vodka and let simmer for two minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, heavy cream, and seasonings. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for five minutes. Remove from heat.


Spread a spoonful sauce on the bottom of a 9×13-inch (23×33-centimeter) baking dish. Top with a layer of noodles, one cup of sauce, and 1/4–1/3 cup cottage cheese. Mix the sauce and cheese and then top with a layer of mozzarella. Repeat layering two to three more times, until sauce is finished.


If desired, add a sprinkle of Parmesan, then sprinkle with oregano, salt, and crushed red pepper.


Pour one tablespoon of water into each of the four corners of the pan. Cover and bake for one hour.


Remove pan from oven, uncover, and raise oven heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Bake for another 10 minutes. Turn oven to broil setting for three to five minutes, until the cheese is browned.


Food and Prop Styling Goldie Stern
Photography Felicia Perretti

Spicy Vodka Lasagna

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