why is it so hard to decide what to cook for dinner? even though i actually enjoy cooking, i often find it so hard to choose our menu-and my family is not much help! when i ask them for ideas they rarely come up with any good suggestions or agree with one another, for that matter. one will feel like a light simple dinner while the other is super hungry, or one will ask for a dish the other vehemently dislikes-or better yet, they ask for the impossible-complicated dinners that need hours to prepare or ingredients we don’t have available.sound familiar? thought so. i was completely out of ideas yesterday when i hesitantly asked my “consumers” for suggestions. to my surprise, there was consensus: lasagna! i realized it had been ages since i’d made an actual lasagna. even though i try hard to avoid it (for obvious reasons), it’s one of my favorite dishes, and even the thought of it makes my mouth water. much to my relief (and with a good dose of excitement), dinner was decided-not the brown rice noodle vegetarian kind (which is quite good too), but the real thing-with a good home made bolognese sauce smothered in creamy béchamel! this is by no means a light dinner-i kept my portion on the smaller side (maybe) and enjoyed (understatement) it with a large bowl of salad. such a comforting dinner.
lasagna ingredients and preparation:
make the following two sauces, and set aside:
- béchamel sauce (click on links for recipes)
- bolognese sauce
- in addition, you will need the following:
- lasagna (no boil) noodles, about 12-14 sheets
- a small bunch of organic flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
- shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 to 1 cup)
- shredded parmesan cheese (1/4 cup)
- good quality dry oregano (1 tsp)
- in a baking dish, begin with a few spoonfuls of the bolognese sauce (covering the bottom of the dish), then cover with the lasagna noodles (slightly overlapping).
- add one more layer of bolognese, a light even sprinkling of parmesan cheese, a few spoonfuls of bechamel sauce (evenly distributed), followed by another row of barely overlapping noodles.
- cover the noodles with the remaining bolognese, and then the remaining bechamel sauce, a sprinkling of dry oregano, parmesan cheese, an even distribution of mozzarella cheese (adjust amount to taste), and a good amount of chopped parsely (or basil). the lasagna is ready for the oven when you are (can be refrigerated to be baked later).
- bake in a 350 degree oven, lightly covered (foil works well) for about 45 minutes until the cheese is almost golden and bubbling. let the lasagna rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting into it and serving. bon apetit!