|Getting ready to make fresh pasta|
We followed her technique this time. In the past I had made the dough in the mixer so this was a fun challenge to make the flour well and what not.
We used whole wheat flour which was also something we just thought we'd give a try. Our lasagna noodles came out just fine.
I then made a red sauce using a few types of canned tomatoes; pureed, fire roasted and diced. I like a thicker red sauce. We first saute'd some garlic and shallot in olive oil. Added the tomatoes and oregano, thyme, red pepper flake, salt & pepper and finally fresh basil.
We roasted the eggplant, red pepper and portabellas in the oven. This was a quite a process today. I had cleaned our self cleaning oven which it desperately needed but forgot how long it takes and then how much longer it takes for the oven door to unlock because the temperature has to come down before it will unlock. But it all worked out fine in the long run. I was starting to worry we'd be eating lasagna at midnight.
I started the first layer of lasagna with putting down the sauce then the fresh pasta topped with veggies, then ricotta & mozzarella layering until finished. I used fresh mozzarella because nothing is better in my mind. And then baked the lasagna for 30 minutes covered in foil and then 15 minutes uncovered. The recipe didn't call to mix the ricotta with eggs or anything like I've done in other versions which made the ricotta difficult to spread, should of went with my gut and did that anyway.
|Ready to be covered and go in the oven|
|Out of the oven ready to sit for 15 minutes|
We served our lasagna with a Walter Dacon Syrah purchased at the Walter Dacon Winery in Shelton.
My sister had actually purchased a special wine tasting for a group at a school auction a few years ago that they ended up being unable to attend. So we benefited, took a few friends, spent the afternoon in Shelton of all places and ended up loving this Syrah. This was the last bottle of it left in our cellar. It was a good complement to the rich flavors of the lasagna.
It was a good Sunday Night meal. And we'll be having lasagna a few nights this week as well as putting half in the freezer for a later date.