Not Paying Attention May Work in your Favor
A little (no so secret) about grad school; there is always work. Therefore if you want to go on vacation you have to spend the week before doing work, and possibly forgoing any fun things for those precious days. What I am trying to do is give my reason why I didn’t cook last week.
So onto this week….shocking yet true. I am not Italian. Although I have been to Italy, been mistaken for it, and have a thing for the Jersey Shore (especially Pauly D), I don’t believe I have any Italian in me. However I am a big, big fan of Italian food manly because of the bread. I know they say carbs are the enemy, but I think I am in love. This is why this week I cooked Lasagna . Let me start by saying this was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I didn’t follow the exact layer order, didn’t use enough sauce, and spilled a little on my clothes. I was almost down for the count, but I covered mistakes and doubts with cheese, wine , and prayer, and it came out better than I thought. Winning… I got this week’s recipe from allrecipes.com. Although it doesn’t say, probably should boil the noodles a couple of minutes before cooking. I didn’t know, and it was a little crunchy at the ends.
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 (28 ounce) jar sausage flavored spaghetti sauce(you are probably going to need 2)
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce(read above)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced(I used 6 because I thought it would add more flavor)
- 1 small onion, diced(or a medium if the grocery doesn’t have a small one)
- 1 (8 ounce) package mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 8 ounces provolone cheese, shredded
- 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 9 lasagna noodles(make sure they fit the container you are using or just double it up)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- In a skillet over medium heat season ground beef with garlic powder and oregano. Brown the meat and drain.
- In a large sauce pan add spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, and oregano; set aside. In a skillet heat olive oil. Saute garlic and onions for about 5 minutes. Mix sauteed onions and garlic with meat into the sauce and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
- While doing all this, boil the noodles. May cut cooking time
- Combine mozzarella and provolone cheeses in a medium bowl. In a medium bowl mix ricotta cheese, eggs, milk, and oregano.
- Layer a 9×13 inch baking pan with just enough sauce to cover the bottom of the pan. (read all this before you continue)Lay three lasagna noodles in the pan. Cover with sauce, then with ricotta mixture then sprinkle with mozzarella/provolone mixture; repeat layering. Finish with a layer of noodles and remaining sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
- Bake covered in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes
Overall I think the taste was pretty good. Could have it been better? Sure as can anything. With time, I this will become better, and maybe add some more sauce and cheese. And dry clean my clothes. The video below is a review by Steve and I covering topics like food, my mother, and all shot by my bfffla Cristalle.