Friday, January 20, 2006
I watched Giada, the hot italian host on "Everyday Italian" make lasagna once. To keep the pasta sheets from sticking together while they cooked she only put two or three at a time in the water, and instead of using a large pot, she used a skillet with high sides.
The box instructed me to cook the sheets for 8 minutes, but I only cooked them for four minutes because they were going to have an hour in the overn to soak up the juices from the sauce. The noodle process was probably the most annoying part of the whole lasagna experience. I had to cook two noodles, place them on an oiled jelly roll pan so they wouldn't stick, while I put two more noodles in the water. When I had four I could start the whole layering process.
A layer of sauce on the bottome of a 13X9 glass dish helps to keep the lasagna from sticking. I started with sauce, noodles, cheese and spinach mixture, mozzerella and more sauce before adding another layer of noodles. On the second layer I did exactly the same thing, with the addition of soy meatballs from trader joe's that I had previously heated up. I finished with a final layer of noodles, the remainder of the sauce and the remainder of mozzerella.
Here you can see the lasagna nearing completion. If you look closely you can see some meatball peeking out.