Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lasagna and friends

Since I was expecting a full house for game night, I decided to make a hearty lasagna meal. One of the tricks I use to make lasagna much easier is using “no-boil” noodles (Barilla and Trader Joe’s makes them). Here’s the basic recipe (but I don’t follow it specifically):
1 box no-boil lasagna noodles
2 jars prepared spaghetti sauce
1 15oz container ricotta cheese
½ cup Parmesan cheese
4 cups Mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
Spinach, basil, whatever veggies you want to add

Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray. Combine beaten eggs, ricotta, parmesan and 2 cups Mozarella. Pour in 1 1/2 cups sauce on bottom and then place 4 lasagna noodle in pan to cover. Cover with 1/2 of cheese mixture, a layer of fresh spinach and basil, then some more mozzarella and 1 cup sauce. Add 4 more noodles and cover with the rest of the cheese mixture, more fresh spinach and basil, some mozzarella and 1 1/2 cups sauce. Cover with 4 more noodles, 1 cup sauce and lots of mozzarella. Cover the whole thing with foil and cook for ~1 hour until bubbly. Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes or so.

I also made a giant salad and Mike grilled some sausage with peppers and onions. And of course we had lots of bread and wine to round off a great Italian meal.Erme and Aileen were kind enough to bring dessert, a pirate/LOST themed bundt cake, which was enjoyed by all. Game night will be taking a hiatus due to weekly LOST viewing, but we'll get back to gaming in the spring and maybe sometime in between!

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