Powered by Blogger.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Newly-Perfected Lasagna


Over the summer, I made a boatload of my favorite lasagna sauce out of tomatoes I picked at our CSA's farm (37 pounds to be exact)! I spent the better part of three days cleaning, peeling, and quartering the tomatoes and then making the sauce (out of mostly local and organic vegetables). I then froze it--enough to make nine lasagnas!

I made my fallback lasagna a few weeks ago, and it just wasn't exactly what I wanted. My husband agreed and suggested I add a bechamel sauce to it. I did, and the results were great! I am proud to announce that I have now perfected my lasagna. I have to warn you, though, that this lasagna is time intensive. I suggest you make extra sauce the first time you make this and freeze it so that the first step is already taken care of when you want to make your next lasagna. This lasagna also freezes well, either before baking (just defrost it before you want to use it and bake as directed) or after baking. If you freeze it after baking, you can cut it into meal-sized portions, freeze it in tupperware, defrost it and either bake it in the oven until warm (my preference) or microwave it for a quick meal.

Meaty Lasagna with Tomato Sauce and Bechamel
adapted from New Basics Cookbook and The Art of Simple Food


Tomato Sauce (makes 6 cups):
4 1/2 pounds sauce tomatoes, such as Roma, peeled, cored and quartered, reserving one cup of the juice (or 2 35-ounce cans whole plum tomatoes)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup red wine
2 Tbl tomato paste
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 Tbl dried oregano
2 Tbl fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tsp dried)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch of dried red pepper flakes
Splash of balsamic vinegar
Sugar (to taste, if needed)

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onions, carrot and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the onions and garlic have wilted, about 10 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, reserved juice, wine, tomato paste, and remaining ingredients except for the sugar. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring once. Remove the cover and simmer another 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the sauce has simmered, break down the tomatoes with the back of a spoon or a potato masher. Taste--if the sauce is too bitter or acidic, add a little sugar, starting with a teaspoonful until the flavors are to your liking. Continue simmering until the juices have become thick and saucy.

Bechamel Sauce:
3 Tbl unsalted butter
3 Tbl flour
2 cups milk (I used 2%.)
Salt
Pinch of nutmeg
2 Tbl freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pot. Stir in the flour. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the milk bit by bit, whisking constantly. To avoid lumps, completely whisk in each addition of milk before adding the next. If your sauce is still lumpy, you can strain it through a sieve after all the milk has been added and return it to the burner to cook. Bring the milk mixture slowly to a boil, stirring constantly. Turn down to a bare simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the sauce from sticking.

After about 20 minutes, season with salt and the nutmeg. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Taste for seasoning--feel free to add more salt or cheese if needed. The sauce should be thick, but pourable. Use right away or keep warm to prevent it from solidifying.

Lasagna:
2 Tbl olive oil
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 Italian sausage (or mild sausage with 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes sprinkled in)
5 cups Tomato Sauce (see above)
4 Tbl fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
3 1/2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese (one large tub)
1 cup cooked spinach, chopped and well-drained
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbl dried oregano
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
8 lasagna noodles, cooked until not quite tender
3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
2 cups bechamel sauce

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the beef, sausage, red pepper flakes (if using), and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat, until it is browned. Drain and set aside.

Place the tomato sauce in a large saucepan. Add the meat and 2 tablespoons of the parsley and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.

In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, spinach, Parmesan, remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, oregano, nutmeg, and pepper. Mix well.

Place 2 cups of the tomato sauce in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Drizzle with about 1/3 of the bechamel sauce. Arrange 4 lasagna noodles on top of the sauce. Spread half of the ricotta mixture over the noodles and sprinkle with 1 cup of the mozzarella. Repeat the layers of tomato sauce, bechamel, noodles, ricotta and mozzarella. Top with the remaining tomato sauce, bechamel, and 1 cup of mozarella, sprinkled evenly over the top.

Cover the dish loosely with foil, place it on a baking sheet, and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake an additional 20 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Subscribe to free updates from Mindy's Mouthful


8 comments:

My Carolina Kitchen January 7, 2011 at 4:51 PM  

Thirty seven pounds of tomatoes. Oh my gosh, that's a lot of tomatoes. Your lasagna looks so comforting.
Sam

jessy August 11, 2014 at 2:31 AM  

There are a few things in your life which can be precious and cherished forever and Rolex Replica watches are one of these. Though quite a lot of people need to wear a classic Rolex watch, they cannot afford to purchase them simply because of its sheer price. Rolex Replica Watches give such men to be able to flaunt a Rolex look-alike on wrist. Don't let yourself be fooled called this wrist watch. Even though it is not the main, the looks, feel and craftsmanship in the Rolex Replica Watches are unique and they are certain to fool even the connoisseur to know all to well in regards to the original. You are able to pick from an array of models and the majority of the Rolex Omega Replica watches watch models are offered also as Rolex Replica Watches.

In terms of the looks and finishing is concerned, these watches give their real namesake a run for their money so when far as maintaining time can be involved, you could be feel comfortable knowing that your Replica gucci handbags will never fail you. However, before buying one of those works of craftsmanship, be sure to have a look at that you'll be planning with the latest type of the Rolex Replica Watches. People who wear these Rolex Replica Watches are famous all over the world with the passion they exhibit for these watches. They do not think twice before they purchase numerous models of these famous Rolex Replica Watches.

If you're concerned about any time keeping capabilities of the beauty, you can rest assured that this Rolex Replica Watches maintain the same time since its famous namesake does. You'll find individuals who have any doubt concerning the workmanship about these Rolex Replica Watches which persons should first flaunt one of these brilliant timepieces on their wrist before coming to any conclusion. They are envied with the Rolex Replica Watches he flaunts, whether it's the party or perhaps a corporate meeting, his rolex replica watches never does not attract the eyes of other people who examine him with envy. Perhaps you have seen action movies and still have you noticed the personality with the main character? While his looks and clothes attract a persons vision of others.

Hua Cai September 11, 2015 at 11:29 PM  

nike free, http://www.nikefree5.us/
snapbacks wholesale, http://www.cheapsnapbacks.us.com/
chanel handbags, http://www.chanelhandbags-outlet.co.uk/
nike air max 90, http://www.airmax90.us.com/
louis vuitton outlet, http://www.louisvuitton.in.net/
christian louboutin uk, http://www.christianlouboutinoutlet.org.uk/
instyler, http://www.instylerionicstyler.com/
louis vuitton handbags outlet, http://www.louisvuittonhandbag.us/
cheap jordan shoes, http://www.cheapjordanshoes.in.net/
swarovski uk, http://www.swarovskioutlet.org.uk/
rolex watches uk, http://www.rolexwatches-uk.co.uk/
eagles jerseys, http://www.philadelphiaeaglesjersey.us/
ysl outlet online, http://www.ysloutletonline.com/
ugg boots, http://www.uggsoutlet.us.org/
chanel outlet, http://www.chanelhandbags-outlet.co.uk/
toms outlet, http://www.tomsoutlet-stores.com/
dolphins jerseys, http://www.miamidolphinsjersey.com/
mac makeup, http://www.maccosmetics.in.net/
michael kors outlet, http://michaelkors.outletonlinestores.us.com/
abercrombie and fitch, http://www.abercrombie-fitch-hollister.fr/
lacoste shirts, http://www.polo-lacoste-shirts.fr/
lacoste pas cher, http://www.polo-lacoste-shirts.fr/
nike running shoes, http://www.nikefreerunning.org/
dansko shoes, http://www.dansko-shoes.us/
michael kors outlet, http://www.michaelkors-outlets.us.com/
2015912caihuali

mao qiuyun September 25, 2015 at 4:23 AM  

nike air force 1, http://www.airforce1.us.com/
soccer jerseys, http://www.soccerjerseys.us.com/
mulberry outlet, http://www.mulberryoutlet.com.co/
lacoste polo shirts, http://www.lacostepoloshirts.cc/
michael kors outlet, http://michaelkors.outletonlinestores.us.com/
ralph lauren uk, http://www.ralphlauren-outletonline.co.uk/
toms outlet, http://www.tomsoutlet-stores.com/
polo ralph lauren, http://www.poloralphlauren.us.org/
nike free uk, http://www.nikefreerunning.org.uk/
ralph lauren outlet, http://www.ralphlaurenoutlet.in.net/
christian louboutin, http://www.scarpelouboutin.it/
michael kors handbags, http://www.michaelkorshandbagsoutletstore.us.com/
cheap nhl jerseys, http://www.nhljerseys.us.com/
the north face clearance, http://www.thenorthfaceclearances.us.com/
north face outlet, http://www.thenorthface.me/
rolex watches uk, http://www.rolexwatches-uk.co.uk/
coach outlet online, http://www.coachoutletonline-store.us.com/
louis vuitton bags, http://www.louisvuittonbag.us.com/
mbt shoes, http://www.mbtshoesoutlet.us.com/
chanel handbags, http://www.chanelhandbags-outlet.us.com/
michael kors outlet, http://www.michaelkorsoutletusa.net/
cheap oakley sunglasses, http://www.cheapoakleysunglassess.us.com/
the north face uk, http://www.thenorthfaces.org.uk/
jordan shoes, http://www.jordan-shoes.us.com/
hollister uk, http://www.hollistershirts.co.uk/
oakley sunglasses, http://www.wholesaleoakleysunglasses.us.com/
abercrombie and fitch, http://www.abercrombie-fitch.us.com/
0925maoqiuyun

ghada September 3, 2017 at 12:36 PM  


شركة نقل عفش
اهم شركات مكافحة حشرات بالخبر كذلك معرض اهم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والخبر والاحساء والقطيف كذلك شركة رش حشرات بالدمام ومكافحة الحشرات بالخبر
شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة الجوهرة من افضل شركات تنظيف الخزانات بجدة حيث ان تنظيف خزانات بجدة يحتاج الى مهارة فى كيفية غسيل وتنظيف الخزانات الكبيرة والصغيرة بجدة على ايدى متخصصين فى تنظيف الخزانات بجدة
شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة
شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام
شركة نقل عفش واثاث

ghada September 3, 2017 at 12:37 PM  


شركة نقل عفش بالرياض وجدة والدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
شركة نقل عفش بجدة
شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض
شركة نقل عفش بالدمام

Post a Comment

LinkWithin Related Stories Widget for Blogs

  © Blogger templates The Professional Template by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP  

Google Analytics Alternative