Tuesday, November 15, 2011

This is the Best Lasagna

.. that you've ever done, mon coeur." said H.
Hah! I used the recipe from the Barilla box and it didn't disappoint.
But also because of the modifications cheats I did :)

This is the recipe.
Start by charring one red/yellow bell pepper.
Put it in oven over 175 C for about 10 mins.
Dump into a box with lid, let it steam. Peel and thinly slice.

In the meanwhile.. 

Diced onions, carrots, celery, bay leaves: browned over olive oil.
Half way through, add in the minced garlic. Toss another 2-3 mins.

Add in the minced beef. I used about 400 gr. 

Add in 1 glass of white wine (or more ;)).
Cook till the wine wine has dried up.

Instead of tomato paste + veg broth + flour, I use 1 can of tomato sauce with parmesan :) 
*this is cheat #1*

Toss, toss, toss.. supposedly over medium fire for 1 hour.
But after 15 mins, my tomato sauce starts to become dry, so I turned off the fire altogether. 
Call it quit.
I added in the cherry tomatoes (quartered) and the charred red bell pepper (sliced).
Salt + Pepper + Clove + Nutmeg = Toss, toss, toss!!

*Cheat #2* 
Instead of making bechamel sauce, I use cream of 3 cheeses.

Start layering.
First, buttered up the pan. 
First layer is cheese sauce, followed by lasagna, then tomato sauce..

followed by another layer of cheese sauce, then shredded cheese.
Recipe dictates for Parmigianno Regianno. 
As you can see, I use Emmental ready shredded cheese :)
Repeat the process. 

By the 3rd layer, I ran out of tomato sauce. Alamak!!
Heck care, I add another layer of cream sauce, another layer of emmental
.. and grated pecorino :)

Baked on 200 C for 22 mins, and this is what I have

The house smelled heavenly. 

And this is what we have for dinner AND lunch tomorrow :)

Sometimes life is really great :)

Buon Appetito!!

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