Monday, March 21, 2011

How-To Make Lasagna

So today test subject Jon begged for me to make lasagna...I went to the freezer and microwaved him his dismay, mine as well. See as easy as that was it tasted like...well....freezer food. So I decided to take it upon myself to make him some real tasty lasagna. Well since this is his favorite food I figured it would go over well!
So first thing as always items you will need:
Lasagna noodles
Sauce (your favorite red sauce or make your own..I did not..)
Ricotta cheese
Mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese
Ground round, or any type of ground meat you like
Italian sausage
1 Egg
13 x 9 pan
Okay so put a large pot on the stove with water for your noodles(unless you bought no cook noodles...which I did not) add some salt if you want. Now in another pan or pot put your meats in it and brown. Now once your meat is brown add your sauce you'll need at least two cans. Add any spices you want to it, I added garlic, oregano, basil, and pepper. Now add about 1/3 - 1/2 c. of wine to your sauce, this is not required but makes for a tasty sauce. Let it simmer. If you add red it will be sweet. So moving along I am sure that you cooked your noodles for the proper amount of is listed on the back of the box..anyway. Drain the noodles while your sauce just simmers away, drain and rinse with cold water, this stops the noodle from cooking.  Now add about 1/3 of the sauce to the bottom of a 13x9 pan then do some noodles in a line across, look at pictures below. There will be some gap at the bottom of the pan. So place the noodles the opposite direction. Now take your ricotta and mix it with the egg in a bowl. Then apply 1/3 of the mixture to the noodles, then add your cheeses to cover. Not too much! Now repeat with the sauce and noodles, however,don't forget where you placed the noodles that went the opposite direction. There needs to be a "structural support" to this design so do it on the opposite side this time...see pictures below. Cook at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes, halfway through cover with foil

Note sideways noodles on this section!

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