Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Dangerously Good Lasagna

Lasagna is comfort food, as far as I'm concerned. A good version has homemade sauce, fresh, real mozzarella in water- not refrigerated- and fresh ricotta. I'm spoiled enough to be able to get that stuff from Del Fiore's Italian Pork Store down the road.  Sometimes I actually make homemade sauce. I like to add a vegetable to the layers of pasta. Tonight it was sliced mushrooms and diced broccoli. I steamed the vegetables first.

It is possible to mess up a lasagna; I've done it. Mainly this happens when you run out of ingredients or under cook it. I've been know to have made the world's thinest lasagna, and the world's crispiest lasagna- using those oven ready noodles. At any rate, at least it's funny when it comes out wrong. Most of the time I get it right.

Dangerously Good Lasagna
a box of lasagna, cooked, drained and placed in a cold pot of water to keep it from sticking together
1 lb mozzarella
Parmesan cheese- to your liking
1 lb ricotta cheese
4 quarts of fresh tomato sauce
a vegetable or two -steamed and chopped

Serves about 8
Good side dishes are meatballs and ciabatta bread- my favorite.

It's not rocket science; you start with the sauce on the bottom of a large, rectangular baking pan, then cover with strips of noodles. Layer all the ingredients at least twice. The top layer has every ingredient except the ricotta and the vegetable. Then bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. I think this dish and baked ziti were the first entrees I ever made on my own when I was a teenager.

Tonight, apparently, eating my lasagna requires a helmet. I'm guessing that means it's dangerously good.

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