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Knowing How to Cook Lasagna

September 27, 2012

 

Lasagna

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What is your favorite pasta recipe? Is it meatballs spaghetti? How about creamy carbonara? Or are you a pesto aficionado? Well, for many people, lasagna is the tastiest and yummiest pasta recipe in the world.

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Lasagna may look complicated to make. You think how do you put all those layers of beef and pasta together without falling apart and make all those cheese ooze out from the each and every sheet? No worries. In reality, lasagna is not as difficult as you may think. On top of all the ingredients and the cooking equipment that you use in making lasagna, what is most important is your passion for the pasta dish. Prepare the dish with all your heart and surely, your self-made lasagna will taste better than all the other lasagna you have ever tasted.
Here are the basic ingredients that you will need in making your own lasagna dish.

Sauce

1. Some large basil leaves
2. 1/3 – 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3. 1 garlic clove, cut in half
4. 1 can (16 oz.) tomato sauce
5. Salt to taste
6. 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
7. 8 oz. parmesan cheese
8. 8 oz. ricotta cheese

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Of course, you cannot make the lasagna with ingredients alone. Below is a complete procedure needed to cook your lasagna;
 

1. Start by crushing the basil leaves. Tear them to small sized pieces using your fingers and set them aside.
2. Then, heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a saucepan. Add the garlic clove and allow to sizzle for three to four minutes or until it gets slightly brown. Be careful not to let it burn.
3. Remove the garlic and pour in the tomato sauce to the hot oil. Stir and sprinkle the crushed basil leaves. In very low heat, cover the pan and simmer for thirty minutes. Remember to stir occasionally.
4. While you let the tomato sauce simmer, place 4 to 5 quarts of water with 2 to 3 pinches of salt in the stock pot and prepare to cook the pasta. Bring this to a boil.
5. Once the water is boiling, carefully place the lasagna pasta into the boiling water. Stir occasionally but slowly to ensure that the noodles do not break or stick together. Cook for as long as written in the noodle box or until the noodles are al dente. Finally, drain without rinsing and set aside.
6. Generously oil the bottom of your baking pan and cover it with lasagna noodles.
7. Spread the sauce over the noodles using the wooden spoon and sprinkle with a little of each cheese (i.e. mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta).
8. Make alternating layers of noodles and sauce up to an inch below the pan's brim. Pour the remaining sauce and cheese on top.
9. Cover the pan and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. The first 10 minutes is to melt the cheese. The last 10 minutes is to brown the cheese so you may leave it uncovered at this point.
10. After baking, let it stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.
 

This is only the basic procedure for making lasagna. You can modify this according to your taste by changing a couple or more of the ingredients and using substitute cheeses to achieve a different flavor.

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