Monday, September 6, 2010
Growing up in an Italian household was like living in a 5 star kitchen. Food was what everything revolved around. Not just any food, great food. It wasn't just for parties or big events either. Coming home everyday from school and walking in the door was a treat just smelling the scent coming from the kitchen...ahh what a feeling.
Anticipation was the next feeling as we patiently waited for mom's creation to come to the table, even though we could recognize exactly what was cooking ( from the scent). Like a finely tuned Ferrari each dish
came to the table looking beautiful, tasting amazing and made just the way you knew it would always be....perfect.
Lasagna is one of those traditional dishes that transports you into the wonderful world that is Italian food. Even most non-italians can relate as they bite into what is probably one of the most recognizable and all round loved dishes of the world. The different textures tasted in just a single bite with the sauce, meat and stringy melted cheese is one of the reasons people love it.
It is these same ingredients, paired with fresh pasta that convey the wonderful feelings created by Italian food.
Many people would never attempt to make a lasagna but the truth is, with a few simple ingredients and a little time anyone can recreate this amazing, traditional classic.
8 sheets of fresh lasagna ( available in most supermarkets or your local pastificio)
6 cups Tomato sauce
1 lb. Ground beef
1 lb. Mozzarella
1 cup Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
2-3 Hard boiled eggs
Saute ground beef until browned, drain any liquid then add to tomato sauce.
In a baking dish begin layering sauce, pasta, mozzarella, parmigiano and sliced hard boiled egg.
Repeat this step until you have used all your ingredients.
Place lasagna in a pre-heated 375f oven and bake covered for 50 minutes.
Remove cover and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until top is golden brown and bubbling.
Once cooked, allow the lasagna to cool slightly before cutting and serving.
As with all Italian cooking, ingredients may vary from region to region.
Prep time 20 minutes
Cooking time 1 hour