Bona Petit Have you ever been at home hungry with nothing to do? Now you will never face that problem again. Making lasagna is an easy and fun way to satisfy your boredom and your hunger. There are Just a few tasks; however, they need to be done with perfection in order to achieve an excellent flaw free lasagna. From going to the store, to buying the right ingredients, and to cooking the noodles Just right, everything must be precise. If the steps are not followed correctly, it may result in the a flaw with the lasagna.
This is a classic meat and cheese affair, and is something the whole family will enjoy. The first and possibly most important step to making the lasagna is going to the grocery store and purchasing all the best quality ingredients. In order to achieve the most respectable and best tasting lasagna you will need to splurge on high quality goods. Drive yourself to the nearest Albertsons, Vons, or Ralphs to begin the shopping process. As you stroll through the many isles feeling like a champ, look for the key base of the lasagna: the noodle.
In my opinion a thicker noodle is the best choice, this gives your lasagna a nice plump feeling; in turn supporting all the rich yumminess that will be stuffed into it later. The noodle is the building block and support system for the lasagna. ( How many noodles? ) The next step is to find the perfect marinara sauce. You do not want one that is to running or else it will make your noodles soggy and less stable. The best way to go about this is to get the most basic sauce you can find, so that you can add in your own little special “PA-ZAZ”.
Putting a personal touch into you dish will make it that much more enjoyable and special for your family to eat. The next ingredient to embark on is cheese. The cheese is my favorite part, it gives the lasagna the perfect texture. When buying cheese the process needs to be done right or else the consistency and pure enjoyment of the dish will be at Jeopardy. If the cheese is to thick the dish will not have the gooey playful texture that is desired; however if the cheese is to thin it will not hold the lasagna together properly. The cheese is the glue that holds all the ingredients together.
There are three different types of cheese that need to be in the lasagna: ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan. Everyone of these has a specific Job and taste factor that attributes to the end result of a scrumptious lasagna. The ricotta gives the asagna a sense of fullness and richness, it also provides a nice texture to the whole meal. The mozzarella provides stability, it is firm and keeps the lasagna nice and in place. Last but not least is the parmesan; it adds the finishing touch on top of the lasagna that provides the golden glow, that is so appetizing to the consumer.
Finally last but not least you need to purchase Italian sausage or if you are vegetarian a variety of mixed vegetables. The sausage should be ground up so it can easily be scattered in with marina sauce. You will also need to purchase a mix of spices such as oregano, thyme, and basil. These will be mixed in with the sauce as well providing the lasagna with a nice rich flavor. Without the spices it may be bland providing a poor experience for all of the excited taste buds. Once you have work. The most obvious yet widely forgotten step when baking or cooking anything is to preheat the oven.
Preheat the oven to approximately 400 degrees fahrenheit, and let it heat up as you prepare the lasagna. Once you have turned on the oven, make sure that your cooking area is clean and sanitized. Find a large size pot to prepare the noodles in. Once you have retrieved it, fill it up a little above half way with water, add pinch of salt which will speed up the boiling process. As you wait a couple minutes for the water to begin to bubble make sure you have all your other ingredients out and ready. Once the water is ready slowly slide the noodles in three at a time.
It is important to boil them groups of three, because you do not want to overcrowd the pot making it harder for the noodle to cook properly. Cook the noodles for about four minutes or until they are al dente; not to soft and firm enough to bite. As you finish up cooking the noodles, begin to prepare the meat. Chop up your Italian sausage into small fine crumbles so it is easy to eat. Then find a medium-size saucepan and place it on the stoves at medium heat. You will not need to had any water or fluid to the pot; the meat moisture will provide that as it cooks.
Next mix and stir the meat thoroughly it becomes a light brown. Once the meat has come to a nice golden brown, drain it into a strainer to get rid excess fluid. As soon as the fluid has been drained put the sausage back into the warm pan. After this go and retrieve your tomato sauce and the variety of spices that you purchased. next. slowly pour in the marinara and mix it well with the sausage. After you have mixed the meat with the auce, sprinkle the spices on top and let them simmer into the sauce.
Finally turn the heat down to low and let the sauce stay at a steady warm temperature. Meanwhile go find your cheese and separate them according to type. Grate the parmesan and mozzarella and separate them into two piles. The ricotta cheese is more dense and can be scooped with a spoon when needed, You have finally accomplished all of your prep work. Now the fun begins! Finally we have reached the home stretch, it is time to assemble and bake the lasagna. First, carefully lay three noodles laterally across the 9×13 pan.
Second scoop a spoonful of sauce and spread it out evenly covering the noodles completely. Once you have an even service, scoop the dollops of ricotta cheese across the sauce and spread with the bottom surface of the spoon. Sprinkle a mixture of parmesan and mozzarella for some extra flavor. Once you have completed that process, repeat it two more times or until you have three layered tower of of pure delight. We have arrived at the final step: the top layer of the lasagna. Carefully and with great care place the final three noodles on top of your perfectly crafted Italian cuisine.
After this take a small of what is left of the ricotta cheese and spread a thin layer across the top noodles. Finally take the parmesan and mozzarella draping it over the top and final layer of your dish. We have assembles the masterpiece and now it is time to put it in the oven. Before you put the lasagna in the oven cover the top layer with a sheet of tin foil. This will protect the cheese from getting burnt. Finally after you have completed the last step, place the dish in the middle rack of your oven and let it cook for 30 minutes. Set your timer so you do not forget!
Once the timer sounds, take the layer of foil off oven mitts to take out the lasagna and let it cool for about 10 to 20 minutes. Finally the finale has arrived: it is time to cut and serve your scrumptious creation! Through this process I hope that you will become a pro at creating an Italian lasagna. Do not be afraid to add you own twists in making it extra special for you and whoever you may share it with. It is my great hope that you enjoy making lasagna Just as much as I do. I hope this gives you a clear and better understanding of the steps you need to take to achieve the perfect homemade lasagna.