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The Lasagna Recipe

7 May

So I’ve gotten a few angry comments requests in for my eggplant lasagna recipe, that I featured here. I, apparently, did not share.

And, I just saw on FB that the lovely, smart, beautiful (and she’s my Hokie bff) VCM made her own version. Which LITERALLY made my day. As in, I was clicking the “like” button and commenting like a pre-teen on a Justin Bieber post.

Which means I need to share the love. Here’s the recipe.

Bechamel Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 5/8 cups whole milk
  • Pinch of nutmeg
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour. Whisk in the whole milk and increase heat to medium-high. Continue whisking until sauce has thickened, about 6-10 minutes. Add in nutmeg and remove from heat. When sauce has cooled slightly, use it to coat the bottom of a 9 x 9 baking dish.
Red Sauce:
  • 28 ounces San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Garlic, chopped
  • Tomato paste
  • Olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • Dried basil
  • Fennel
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
In a large saute/saucepan, heat up the olive oil (about two turns of the pan) on medium heat. Add in the chopped onion and mix until the onion begins to soften, about 5-7 minutes. Add in good-sized scoops of chopped garlic, and the seasonings/spices (start with about a teaspoon of each). If you crush the dried spices in your hand before adding to the pan, it will open up the flavor. Next, mix in two tablespoons of tomato paste and the San Marzano tomatoes. If the tomatoes aren’t chopped (which they probably aren’t, as San Marzano tomatoes come whole), chop the entire can of tomatoes in a blender first. Adjust seasonings and add salt & pepper to taste. When the sauce bubbles, remove from heat.
It should be noted that I am going out on a SERIOUS LIMB and risking getting ostracized from the Italian community by releasing my sauce recipe. But, I really, really, feel for the people who don’t have a good sauce recipe. So I’m sharing.
Lasagna:
  • 1 large eggplant, sliced lengthwise into 9 pieces
  • 15 ounces whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 9 slices of good prosciutto
  • Whole-milk mozzarella, grated
  • Olive oil

On a rimmed cookie sheet, coat both sides of the eggplant slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Bake for 15 minutes at 450F until the eggplant has softened.

To make the lasagna filling, mix together the ricotta, eggs, parmesan, and spinach. Top each slice of eggplant with a piece of prosciutto, then filling, and top with some grated mozz.

Roll up, and place in the bechamel-coated pan.

It looks a bit like this.

Top with the red sauce, and grated mozz. Cover with foil, and bake at 400F for 15 minutes. Uncover, and bake for 10-15 minutes more.

The best part? You can make this recipe in advance/in pieces. Make the marinara the day (or week, months, etc) before. The sauce freezes well. The filling keeps, without separating, for about five hours, so you can prep the eggplant part a few hours before and throw in the fridge. Top with the sauce just before baking. Be sure to add 10-15 minutes to cook time if you’ve refrigerated the eggplant part.

A special bit of cakerypapery goes out to VCM. You’re more than just my Hokie bff—you were the one of the reasons I got up and out of the pitch-dark places after April 16, because you were there to help pull me up and out. I love you always.

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8 Responses to “The Lasagna Recipe”

  1. Martha Ullmer May 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    I made this today and shared it with 2 of my kids who are Phys. ed teachers and very health conscious. They raved about it and wanted the recipe. Keep up the good work!

    • cakerypapery May 8, 2012 at 6:42 am #

      Not so sure on the healthy with the whole-milk cheese–but glad everyone liked it!

  2. Ally May 8, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Nomtastic. Now I’m hungry…thanks.

    • cakerypapery May 8, 2012 at 9:28 am #

      Don’t hate the player, hate the game!

      I can’t help that I really love mozz!

  3. hokiemom May 8, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Thanks, sweet Rose, for the recipe.

    • cakerypapery May 8, 2012 at 11:13 am #

      Happy to share! If I could eat this every week, I would.

  4. VCM May 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Your recipe was fantastic! The hubby thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂 I can’t imagine having had to get through that April and each year after without you- you are an amazing friend! Xoxo

    • cakerypapery May 8, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      love you much.

      (and your facebook photo looked amazing!)

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