Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What's the Secret Ingredients in Lasagna?

So I went for groceries this week and bought Mascarpone cheese... that means that lasagna is on the menu this week.  My lasagna is sweet with a rich tomato-y flavour and soft and creamy.  It all starts with ground meat (I used Moose meat tonight - it's low in fat) browned with caramelized onions.  Add in minced peppers, garlic, and chopped tomatoes simmer together for 3 or 4 minutes.  Gently stir in one can of tomato paste, some red wine (as much as you feel it needs or about 1 cup) and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.  Once the sauce is at the right consistency reduce heat to low and add in mascarpone cheese.  Allow the sauce to heat through at a very gentle simmer.

For the lasagna noodles I will always use regular pasta that you need to boil.  The ready to bake noodles are terrible - too crunchy and cardboard-ish!  It only takes a very big pot of boiling water and a few minutes to have perfect noodles.  In the same amount of time that it takes to prepare the filling the noodles are boiled and cooled and ready for assembly.

After a quick assembly and 15 minutes in the oven to bake and make the the cheese all gooey and soft we had gourmet lasagna on the table in under 45 minutes!  It's as easy as that!  Anyone can do it.  Trust me.

Until next time... see you in the kitchen.

ps, sorry there's no pictures today... you'll have to use your imagination or better yet make it yourself!

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