Saturday, August 24, 2013

Things That Happen When You Have Canned Goods On Hand

Spontaneous cooking occurs. Like this cheesy goodness. Homemade lasagna from last night's canning extravaganza. Boy 'o boy, is it tasty!

Bottom layer is yellow tomato sauce. Followed by lasagna noodles. If I don't make my noodles fresh I use Molisana Regina, imported from Italy. No need to pre-cook their noodles. 35 minutes of cooking time in the oven.

Second layer is a mix of minced Italian sausage (seasoned pork) and minced hamburger which I pre-cooked in a skillet with olive oil and onions and some of the red tomato sauce. The next layer is a nice thick slab of ricotta. Another layer of red tomato sauce. Noodles. Topped with yellow tomato sauce and shredded mozarella. Final topping, shaved parmesan. And a good helping of it. Into a 390 degree oven for 35 minutes. I turn it down to 375 half way through the cooking.

This is a rich, cheesy lasagne perfect for home canned sauce. Vegetarians, use your meat substitutes.

You'll need:
2 pints of tomato sauce - 1 red, 1 yellow
Chopped onion
Seasoned minced Italian sausage
Hamburger meat
Lasagne noodles (I prefer Molisana Regina - because you don't have to precook them)
Tub of ricotta (or make your own - super easy - heat milk, add vinegar, drain off the whey)
Shredded mozzarella
Shaved parmesan

Wing the amounts to your taste and pan size. More tomato sauce for larger pans.

THE LAYERS (top to bottom):
Shaved Parmesan
Shredded Mozzarella
Yellow Tomato Sauce
Lasagna Noodles
Thin layer of red tomato sauce atop...
Thick layer of ricotta cheese
Lasagna noodles
Seasoned minced Italian sausage and hamburger meat sauteed with onions and red tomato sauce
Lasagne Noodles
Yellow Tomato Sauce

390 degree oven for 35 minutes (turn down to 375 halfway through)
Middle rack of oven. Ensure you have a pan on bottom rack to catch drips.

Who knows, you might have leftovers if there are only two of you. But don't count on it.

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