Lasagna pre food styling

Lasagna is one of those foods you think always looks great.  Picture perfect.  Until you try to take a picture of it.  Granted, this photo below isn’t horrendous, but all the layers are must mushed together, you can’t really see the zucchini or the noodles.

Which when you’re about to snarf it down you don’t care about. But when you’re taking a picture of it, you want it to look a little more pleasant.

It took about a half an hour to clean it up a bit.



So the shot of my lasagna went from this …




… to this.



Now you can see the tomatoes, the meat, the noodles and the zucchini. Granted, I went a little overboard with getting the noodle perfect. It’s too perfect. It’s distractingly perfect. But, all in all it looks more appetizing than the first picture which was my concern.

It’s a whole thing this food styling. I’m not great, but … I’m learning. Now if you’ll excuse me I have an entire pan of lasagna to eat and a cat named Garfield to find.


  1. Jane says:

    That’s why my only attempt at a vege lasagna was so watery!! Thanks for the zucchini tip, I can’t wait to try this version. Glad to hear cuddles is eating well too!!

    • Karen says:

      Yup. Don’t use much salt though or it’ll turn out salty. Zucchini really sucks up the salt! Makes a big difference in terms of water in your final dish for sure. ~ karen

  2. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Great job..the second pic looks much more appetizing..not that I wouldn’t eat the first pic..well..not exactly the pic..ahem..Great job..

  3. ruth says:

    I would totally eat the piece in the first picture. Looks extremely tasty to me!

  4. Louise says:

    Is that a slice of jalepeno next to the lasagna? Or is one of your bread and butter pickles? Either way, YUMMMM!

    • Karen says:

      Those are all different cherry tomatoes Louise. Cherry tomatoes topped with buffalo mozzarella cheese, a basil leaf, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Black cherry, Fargo Yellow Pear and Sweet Baby Girl are the varieties of tomato. ~ karen!

  5. Su says:

    One question – can you freeze the zucchini noodles?? in the dish with all the rest of the good stuff….
    A pan of lasagna is way too much to eat for me and my guy….

    I would eat either of them… but the zucchini batch looks yum!!! gonna try it !

  6. Mary Werner says:

    Great idea – that way the 100 calories saved can offset all the cheese I put in! So is it like diet drinks that offset the candy bar I eat while drinking the soda? Appreciate your picture and explanation of food styling. I was wondering how yours looked so great and mine usually look like the “unfixed” picture. We do eat with our eyes.

  7. Debbie says:

    I’m drooling, that looks heavenly to me! I agree with Mary, we do eat with our eyes, mine should be enormous, but alas, everything I look at just goes south. I gain 5 pounds every time I walk past food, I swear. Pear shape isn’t pretty…I look forward each day for your posts Karen. You floor me with your humour, you fill my brain with new and exciting ideas and you feed my emotions with your empathy. I pray for both you and Cuddles! Have a super day and give Cuddles a cuddle for me please!! Be well.

  8. Vanessa says:

    Lasagne tip: make TWO! It’s just as easy to make two (or three) as it is one and they freeze awesome! Also instead of using a baking dish use a bread pan for a “Lasagne for Two” I’m looking forward to tricking my kids into vegetables. I usually hide them in the sauce, but they’re on to that. They’ll never see ’em coming as the noodles, especially if I trim off the green skin!

    You layer yours totally different, my Nonna taught me to use the noodles as a kind of barrier to keep the sauce away from the cheese. But it looks really delicious!

  9. sherrylynne mitchell says:

    oh ……………………my……………………….goodness………..
    how lame can I be??? I never ever thought of using bread pans to make up lasagna-for-two…….and freezing them……..well, the extras……………son of a …………shoot…………..I have a HUGE A lasagna in the ovens as Iam typing this ……………for someone who prides herself on being a frugal and moderately good cook………and I just adore all kinds of tips and hints……….this one is just stellar…………….I can take it to other recipes too.
    I made a veg lasagna once……..I put in every veg I had……..lots of cheeses and a min of sauce…….turned out darned good, too……..however I am the only one who ate any…….but now ……I can make a small veg lasagna -in-a-breadpan along side the regular one…………..feel as if you gave me a gift……thank you so much

  10. I stand in awe. My own visual standards for food must be pretty low.

  11. Craig says:

    Would you mind sharing tips on how you actually styled the lasagna to look so delicious in the 2nd pic?

    I am very interested in the actual technique(s) used.

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