Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lasagna Classico!

In attendance: Jillian, Gordon, Caitlin, Lewis Patrick Lewis, Sean, Amanda, Megan

Focaccia bread
Garden Salad
Sweet potato fries
Red wine

Caitlin came over early to learn to make the lasagna--it turned out great!

The Official Lasagna of the Fancy Paper Plate Club

1 box whole wheat blend lasagna noodles (16 noodles)
1/3 finely chopped onion
5 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 pound Italian pork sausage
1 can chopped tomatoes w/ garlic and olive oil
1 large jar red sauce of your choice
30 oz Ricotta cheese
2 eggs
1 can spinach, drained
Lots and lots of grated mozzarella, parmesan, and cheddar cheese

Saute onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil, add sausage and cook until no longer pink. Drain if necessary. Add chopped tomatoes and red sauce, simmer. Meanwhile, heat water in large pot (optional: add tsp of salt to water). When boiling, add lasagna noodles and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, eggs, and spinach.

In ungreased 9x13in pan and 8x8in (or 7x11in) pan, spoon a small amount of sauce into bottom and spread evenly. Top with layer of cooked noodles. On top of noodles, spoon 1/3ricotta mixture and spread evenly. Top with layer of grated cheese, then sauce. Repeat 3 times or until pan is full to brim. Top layer should be grated cheese.

Bake both pans together in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle top of lasagna with dried crushed parsley, and allow to cool for 15 minutes.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Up Next: Italiana!

Pop Quiz:
Do you love lasagna?
a. Yes
b. OMG, Yes!
c. I'm drooling just reading the word.
d. All of the above

Well then, let's have some!

When: Tuesday, July 27th 6ish
Where: Jill & Gord's
What: Italian Night!

Lasagna will be provided. Bring a side dish to share.
Some menu ideas: Green Salad, Fruit Salad, Sangria, Garlic Bread, Chianti