Lisa's Italian Food Recipes
Lasagna is a historic dish. Ancient romans named this dish after the 'lasanon' pot they cooked it in. Tombs from 4BC show carvings of pasta tools, indicating the importance of pasta in this culture.
While this dish tastes delicious with Barolo, it can also be made with Chianti or other red wines.
9 Lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
2 cups Ricotta cheese
1 Egg, beaten
1/2 cup Parsley, chopped
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, grated
3 cups Meat sauce
1 lb Ground beef
1 Onion, large chopped
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
2 tsp basil, dried
1 1/2 tsp oregano, dried
2 Tbsp Olive oil
3/4 cup Red wine, Barolo preferably
3 28oz cans Crushed tomatoes
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
For sauce, heat oil in a large pan, when hot add the beef and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, basil, and oregano and continue to cook until meat is well browned. Add the bay leaf, tomatoes, red wine, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 45 minutes. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper if needed.
For lasagna, in a bowl mix the ricotta cheese, beaten egg, parsley, and parmesan cheese together until well incorporated. In the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, spread out 1/2 cup of sauce then place three lasagna noodles on top (if they do not overlap it is ok, they will spread out during baking). Then spread 1/2 of the ricotta mixture on top of the noodles and sprinkle a little mozzarella over it. Now spread about 3/4 cup meat sauce on top of that and place the next layer of noodles on top and repeat the ricotta and mozzarella layers. You should end with the last layer of noodles on top. Spread the rest of the sauce on top of the noodles and top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake uncovered at 375F for about 45 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. When finished let lasagna sit for 10 minutes before serving.
Please roam through the recipes I have on line, and see what sounds good to you and your family. Italian is one of the most versatile styles of food there is. You can create a delicious comfort food to soothe, or an intricate dish to relish. You can light the candles and serve the chicken cacciatore, or you could invite over the family for a big dish of lasagne. And in between are the easy to make casual dinners that are healthy and great tasting. Italian truly offers something for everyone. Enjoy!
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