Tuesday, March 2, 2010

It's about time...

that I attempted to make lasagna. It is after all one of my all time favorite foods, yet I've never tried to make it myself. It only makes sense that I learn to make it myself that way I can make it whenever I want at. Actually maybe that isn't the best idea.

I used this Ina Garten recipe as a guide, but made several changes. Most notably I used beef instead of turkey, I added mushrooms to the sauce, and I got rid of the ricotta. I'm not a big fan of ricotta, but I love lasagna so I have learned to suffer through it. But making my own, I wanted it to be exactly what I wanted.

There was one substitution I didn't make, but looking back probably should have. I baked the lasagna based on the directions in the recipe. However I used the type of lasagna noodles that doesn't need to be pre-boiled. And the lasagna noodles had slightly different baking directions. Because of this the are parts that are a tiny bit crunchy, or parts where a knife is almost needed to cut it. But I don't think it's that big of a deal.

After all lasagna's is my all-time favorite, and I don't think I've ever had a lasagna that I haven't loved. I guess now I need to not let myself make this every single week!

You didn't think I'd end this post without a picture do you?
Lasagna and Garlic Bread
Here is my masterpiece! Along with some quick garlic bread. (I just took some bread drizzled over some oil olive, sprinkled on from parmesan and garlic powder, and let it crisp up in the oven while the lasagna was cooling.)

Overall I think the meal was a success. But its my favorite food, I'm not sure I could have failed at this.

Anyone try to tackle one of their favorite foods? Did it live up to your expectations?



  1. yes! fish tacos! I was actually going to blog about them this week because I made them over the weekend. :)

    You inspired me after I saw your fish tacos last week. :)

    Psst - I have a lasagna tip, too. I don't know if you are like me- but when I would make a huge pan of lasagna, I would wind up wasting 1/2 of it because I could only eat the leftovers for like 2 days. Well- I started making the lasagna in a bread pan and really high instead and it usually makes exactly 4 servings. Enough for dinner and lunch the next day! :)

    I haven't made lasagna in a while, but I might have to! :)

  2. Looks delicious, I LOVE lasagna. I made a butternut squash lasagna recipe a few weeks ago and it was delicious!

  3. I have a good and easy lasagna recipe that I recently found. The boy loves it! I also made a baked ravioli that was soooo easy and sooo good too. I love making chicken pot pies too, in the winter, of course. Also, I once made toad-in-the-hole, an English dish, and it came out fairly well, actually!

  4. Mmmmmm, I love lasagna! I'm going to have to make this soon after reading this!!! :)

  5. I'm super picky about lasagna! Which is why I never make it... lol! Instead I just pick it up at this little place downtown that makes it perfectly delicious :)

  6. Dang, my stomach is grumbling. I'm so hungry. This looks amazing. I've made the exact same Ina lasagna recipe. It's really good.