Monday, 5 March 2012

Tre Formaggi Lasagna

Three Cheese Lasagna

1 330g tub Ricotta (light) cheese (cottage cheese can be substituted)
1/4tsp fresh grated nutmeg
1/2tsp pepper
1 cup parsley, washed, chopped
2 260g pkg. mozzarella
1 cup grated Asiago cheese (or Parmesan)
2 cloves garlic
1 1/2ltr. homemade marinara tomato sauce (recipe to follow)
1 tbsp. EVOO
1pkg. dried no cook lasagna sheets
sea salt to taste

Mix cheeses, nutmeg, pepper, and parsley in a med. size bowl. Re-adjust for seasonings.  Spread 1/2cup sauce on bottom of a casserole dish large enough for pasta sheets.  Spread large dollops of the cheese mixture over pasta. Top with 1/4 of tomato sauce. Repeat process until pasta and cheese are finished ending with tomato sauce on top layer.  Sprinkle on extra mozzarella or Asiago cheese.
Cover with foil bake 350 F for 30min.  Uncover and bake for 15-20 more minutes to crisp edges. If lasagna begins to dry out, add small amounts of water or broth to moisten.

*Using a sharp paring/steak knife poke 10-15 holes from top to bottom of lasagna before placing in oven. This allows liquid to fall through without bubbling over sides when it begins to cook*
Enjoy with love!

Marinara Sauce

2 750 bottles of tomato puree
2 tbsp. EVOO
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed
pinch of pepper flakes, sea salt to taste, pinch black pepper
1tbsp tomato paste
1/2cup white or red wine (opt)
1 tsp each garlic powder and oregano
3tbsp fresh chopped parsley. basil or both if desired

In a med. sized sauce pot heat oil, add garlic and pepper flakes, cook until slightly golden and fragrant. Add tomatoes, stir.  Add approx. 1/2cup of water to each bottle swishing to "clean" tomato residue and pour into pot.
Bring to a boil, add paste, herbs and spices, and season to taste.
Reduce heat to a simmer and add wine. Cook on med. low heat for 20-25min.

*Why do I give so many options? The flavours depend upon your tastes and ingredients you have on hand or what is in season.  This is just a base, experiment and make it your own!*

Enjoy with love!

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