145.6…World's Best Lasagna
Last night we hosted my husband's poker night. I created a menu full of Italian comfort food. The main event was the lasagna. Simple yet oh so delicious!
World's Best Lasagna (Serves 12)
Recipe adapted from All Recipes
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup minced onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp. white sugar
1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
4 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley, divided use
2/3 cup chopped fresh basil
12 lasagna noodles
16 ounces ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 Tbsp salt, pepper and 2 Tbsp parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add in the basil during the last 1/2 hour.
2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, 1/2 tsp salt and dash nutmeg.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with half of the mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with shredded mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake and additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
*I omitted the sausage because my husband does not eat pork but I think it would be fabulous in this lasagna!
Yesterday morning I had a small bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios with almond milk for breakfast.
I didn't want to eat too much because later than morning, I met my friends to help Alicia celebrate her birthday at Snooze!
Alicia enjoyed some birthday pancakes on the house:
Snooze makes the best eggs Benedict. I didn't know you could choose two different benedicts on your plate. I chose one Benny Goodman (lox style salmon and cream cheese served over toasted rye and topped with poached cage egg free eggs, cream cheese hollandaise blended with sun dried tomato and caper relish) and one Chile Verde Benny (slow cooked pulled pork over a stack of green chile sauced tortillas and melted cheese with poached cage free eggs and green chile hollandaise, pico de gallo and cotija cheese):
So amazing. The Chile Verde one was the best. I love their hashed browns too.
Happy Birthday Alicia!!!
After I brought the kids home from school, I got ready for my husband's poker night. For the appetizer, I served Tomato and Basil Bruschetta:
This is, in my opinion, the best appetizer combination in the world.
I could live off it. I basically did last night. I ate so much of it, I wasn't hungry for the main event:
Herb Garlic Bread (recipe to come):
My "I ate too much goat cheese" dinner plate:
Dessert was a hot fudge sundae bar which I did not partake in except for licking the hot fudge spoon when everyone was all done.
Breakfast this morning was scrambled egg beaters mixed with Goat Cheese Torta with Garden Pesto.
Epic. Turned egg beaters into something amazing. This goat cheese stuff can do no wrong. It made an appearance in my lunch too:
I put it on the bread with turkey slices and grilled the bread on both sides. OMG. Love.
Do you have a favorite appetizer that you like to make for parties?