December 22, 2007

Lasagna


I celebrate Christmas about six times every year (ah, the perks of having a mixed up family!), and I gotta say, my mom does a great job of keeping her menu unique.

Her newest tradition is lasagna. This year I insisted on taking the already Christmas-y red and green layered dish to the next decorative level by adding a little tree made of parsley. Not sure how green and christmas-tree-shape it'll look after baking, but hey, it's worth a shot.

The other great thing about this dish is that you can prepare it several days in advance and freeze it. Just stick it in the oven about 2 hours before you want to serve it.

This is a pretty easy recipe, so for you true Italians out there, no bashing, please! And feel free to share your most authentic lasagna recipes with me any time. Or just serve it to me. Thanks.


Christmas Lasagna
from the kitchen of my Mom

8 oz uncooked lasagna noodles
15 oz container of ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
10 oz frozen package chopped spinach (thawed & squeezed)
2 eggs
2 26 oz jars of your favorite pasta sauce (or make your own!)
1 lb Italian sausage, cooked and drained
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
chopped parsley

• Preheat oven to 350ยบ (if you are planning to bake it right away)
• In bowl, combine ricotta, 1/2 the Parmesan cheese, eggs and spinach
• Mix well with whisk (make sure to break up the spinach)
• Grease deep 13x9" baking dish
• Spread 1 cup pasta sauce across the bottom of the baking dish
• Combine remaining sauce with sausage in separate bowl/pot
• Layer half of each: noodles, cheese mixture, meat sauce, mozzarella
• Repeat layer
• Sprinkle remaining Parmesan across the top
• Top with parsley (in Christmas-tree shape, if you wish!)
• Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake 1 hour
• Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly
• Let stand 15 minutes before serving
• Then, you scarf

* Note from the mom: We love this recipe because you don't have to deal with cooking the noodles beforehand. Layering slippery cooked noodles is a real pain. And of course, this recipe is delicious ...with the added benefit of spinach, which clearly cancels out all the damage done by the cheese.

4 comments:

Blessed said...

I love it!

Thanks for the recipe..
Even before I got to the end, I was thinking, "don't have to cook the noodles!" this one's for me!

I am definitely going to make this.

Scott Zero said...

Mmmmm.

Muffin said...

This may sound silly, but your lasagna is completely ADORABLE.

I love what you did with the simple, yet elegant parsley Christmas tree, Its strange calling a lasagna "elegant" but really, it looks it!

The Griz said...

Christmas lasagne Is a new tradition in my family too, must be catching on all over the US! And I love your parsley tree, I'm definately going to add that to ours!