Your Last Meal with Rachel Belle

Vanessa Lachey: Lasagna

Vanessa Lachey’s new book, Life from Scratch: Family Traditions That Start with You, features recipes and entertaining ideas, but the book is rooted in a deep and vulnerable place. Vanessa’s mom left when she was a little girl, depriving her of motherly advice, care and the Filipino food she craved. It took decades, but the actor and TV host finally felt empowered to stop mourning what she lost, and start creating her own special traditions for her young family — including a chicken adobo recipe her husband, 98 Degrees’ Nick Lachey, loves.

Vanessa and host Rachel Belle discuss how she secured a place in the Guinness Book of World Records (it’s food related!) and why her family celebrates the holidays with a dish called Wiener-Bun Surprise.

Vanessa loves lasagna, so obviously Rachel had to talk about America’s favorite, curmudgeonly, lasagna loving cartoon cat and she digs into the etymology of the comforting Italian casserole. We’ll also learn about Lasagna Love, a non-profit started during the pandemic.

Rachel’s favorite lasagna recipe!

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This episode is sponsored by Ooni Pizza Ovens, the world’s first portable pizza oven company! Rachel Belle has been making incredible, chewy, bubbly, melty pizzas in her Ooni for more than three years. If you want to make the best homemade pizza of your life, or give the gift of pizza this holiday season, visit

Published: Thursday December 09, 2021
Runtime: 00:30:52