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The Daily Dish: January 13, 2016

The Daily Dish: January 13, 2016

Dishing out the latest and greatest in food news

Learn more about what is hot and trending in the world of food and drink.

Today’s first course?

If you don’t have the stomach for a murder story with your ice cream, you may want to avert your eyes. Spanish police were even more stunned when they investigated her claims and discovered they were true! When police investigated the Heladería Otoño ice cream shop, they discovered that there was indeed a human body hidden in the freezer amongst all the ice cream. They are currently trying to find a possible motive for the murder.

And when you order for convenience, are you compromising on food safety? Health inspectors are struggling to keep up with on-demand food delivery apps that promise to make your food in just minutes. Currently in Austin, pizza delivery drivers and other takeout services are not regulated as a restaurant would be, because delivering fresh food within minutes of making it gives the dish very little time to spoil. But most of these instantaneous food companies insist that they follow all health and safety procedures.

Trader Joe’s is being accused of under filling its five-ounce tuna cans, and now faces a class-action lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, tests by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found, “every lot tested, and nearly every single can, was under filled in violation of the federally mandated minimum standard of fill”. According to the lawsuit, this under filling deems Trader Joe’s tuna “illegal for sale in the United States.” So far Trader Joes has no comment on the pending litigation.

That’s today’s daily dish, thanks for watching. Stop by tomorrow for another helping.


The Best Damn Lasagna on Earth!

Oh lasagna, you ooey gooey saucy hot mess of flavor! I love you so! I often think of Garfield and try to achieve a lasagna that even he would go nuts over. It’s taken a long time but I feel as if I’m getting a little closer to my goal with each try.

Lasagna seems a simple enough idea until you try it. Honestly, it’s pretty involved. Expect to use practically every pan you own. Also plan on at least one hour of prep and one hour to cook. On the bright side, there is often leftovers, depending on how many you are feeding. Lasagna is kind of funny in that it’s one of those meals that actually tastes better reheated after a day in the fridge. The layers seem more defined and congealed, especially that pesky ricotta.

Which brings me to my first rant: ricotta. Ugh, I’ve had so many ricotta fails, it’s silly. And if the ricotta sucks, the dish sucks. I’ve poured over so many recipes and they all do it different. Some say include it in every layer, some say every other layer. Does it go before or after the sauce? What do you mix with it? How do you just make it work. I’ve tried a bunch of different techniques and have found 3 critical pointers:

1. Dry out your ricotta. If it’s too wet, it will make your lasagna sloshy. To accomplish this I spread the ricotta on a plate and put a couple of paper towels over it for an hour or two. It’s surprising how much water is in the cheese. I replaced the towels a couple of times each layer was well soaked after 15 minutes! When I started to work with the cheese, I noticed a significant difference in the texture.

2. Only have 1 layer of ricotta. Many recipes say there should be a ricotta layer in between each set of noodles. This becomes ricotta overkill and typically results in a mushy lasagna.

3. Rev up your ricotta! I like to add pesto and parmesan to brighten up an overall basic flavor.

And that’s just the cheese!!

Let’s move on to meat…. pork!! Every time, pork pork pork!! I was raised with an understanding that anything Italian and meaty should be made with ground beef. Wrong!! Ground pork is where it’s at. The flavors are richer. Now I still do like a little beef so I do a 50/50 mix. But seriously, if you’re not using pork, your selling yourself short. You don’t even need to get fancy Italian seasoned pork! I love using the plain breakfast style ground pork.

And finally, the layers! The real key to making an epic lasagna, is figuring out your layer order. Each bite of lasagna should be that perfect blend of meat, sauce, noodles, and cheese. If the layers aren’t correct, the whole dish falls apart in my opinion. After extensive research and oh so much trial and error, I am happy to present my go to, fool proof, fail proof technique to layering lasagna:

The full recipe is also include below!

How to Layer Lasagna:

In a 9吉 pan, spread a thin layer of sauce.

Next lay out your first layer of noodles and cover with meat sauce.

Add a generous layer of mozzarella.

Then another layer of noodles topped with all the ricotta blend.

Sprinkle with more mozzarella to help it bind.

One more layer of noodles and add the rest of the sauce… and don’t put the last cheese layer on yet! You heard me! You are going to cook the lasagna without the epic top cheese layer first!! Cover it with foil, cut a few vents and bake for 30 minutes.

Take the pan out and remove the foil. Doesn’t that layered look just make you drool?

Now put on that epic last layer of mozzarella cheese! And don’t skimp! You shouldn’t see any sauce under that layer! I like to add a little garlic salt and parmesan to the top for extra flavor.


The Best Damn Lasagna on Earth!

Oh lasagna, you ooey gooey saucy hot mess of flavor! I love you so! I often think of Garfield and try to achieve a lasagna that even he would go nuts over. It’s taken a long time but I feel as if I’m getting a little closer to my goal with each try.

Lasagna seems a simple enough idea until you try it. Honestly, it’s pretty involved. Expect to use practically every pan you own. Also plan on at least one hour of prep and one hour to cook. On the bright side, there is often leftovers, depending on how many you are feeding. Lasagna is kind of funny in that it’s one of those meals that actually tastes better reheated after a day in the fridge. The layers seem more defined and congealed, especially that pesky ricotta.

Which brings me to my first rant: ricotta. Ugh, I’ve had so many ricotta fails, it’s silly. And if the ricotta sucks, the dish sucks. I’ve poured over so many recipes and they all do it different. Some say include it in every layer, some say every other layer. Does it go before or after the sauce? What do you mix with it? How do you just make it work. I’ve tried a bunch of different techniques and have found 3 critical pointers:

1. Dry out your ricotta. If it’s too wet, it will make your lasagna sloshy. To accomplish this I spread the ricotta on a plate and put a couple of paper towels over it for an hour or two. It’s surprising how much water is in the cheese. I replaced the towels a couple of times each layer was well soaked after 15 minutes! When I started to work with the cheese, I noticed a significant difference in the texture.

2. Only have 1 layer of ricotta. Many recipes say there should be a ricotta layer in between each set of noodles. This becomes ricotta overkill and typically results in a mushy lasagna.

3. Rev up your ricotta! I like to add pesto and parmesan to brighten up an overall basic flavor.

And that’s just the cheese!!

Let’s move on to meat…. pork!! Every time, pork pork pork!! I was raised with an understanding that anything Italian and meaty should be made with ground beef. Wrong!! Ground pork is where it’s at. The flavors are richer. Now I still do like a little beef so I do a 50/50 mix. But seriously, if you’re not using pork, your selling yourself short. You don’t even need to get fancy Italian seasoned pork! I love using the plain breakfast style ground pork.

And finally, the layers! The real key to making an epic lasagna, is figuring out your layer order. Each bite of lasagna should be that perfect blend of meat, sauce, noodles, and cheese. If the layers aren’t correct, the whole dish falls apart in my opinion. After extensive research and oh so much trial and error, I am happy to present my go to, fool proof, fail proof technique to layering lasagna:

The full recipe is also include below!

How to Layer Lasagna:

In a 9吉 pan, spread a thin layer of sauce.

Next lay out your first layer of noodles and cover with meat sauce.

Add a generous layer of mozzarella.

Then another layer of noodles topped with all the ricotta blend.

Sprinkle with more mozzarella to help it bind.

One more layer of noodles and add the rest of the sauce… and don’t put the last cheese layer on yet! You heard me! You are going to cook the lasagna without the epic top cheese layer first!! Cover it with foil, cut a few vents and bake for 30 minutes.

Take the pan out and remove the foil. Doesn’t that layered look just make you drool?

Now put on that epic last layer of mozzarella cheese! And don’t skimp! You shouldn’t see any sauce under that layer! I like to add a little garlic salt and parmesan to the top for extra flavor.


The Best Damn Lasagna on Earth!

Oh lasagna, you ooey gooey saucy hot mess of flavor! I love you so! I often think of Garfield and try to achieve a lasagna that even he would go nuts over. It’s taken a long time but I feel as if I’m getting a little closer to my goal with each try.

Lasagna seems a simple enough idea until you try it. Honestly, it’s pretty involved. Expect to use practically every pan you own. Also plan on at least one hour of prep and one hour to cook. On the bright side, there is often leftovers, depending on how many you are feeding. Lasagna is kind of funny in that it’s one of those meals that actually tastes better reheated after a day in the fridge. The layers seem more defined and congealed, especially that pesky ricotta.

Which brings me to my first rant: ricotta. Ugh, I’ve had so many ricotta fails, it’s silly. And if the ricotta sucks, the dish sucks. I’ve poured over so many recipes and they all do it different. Some say include it in every layer, some say every other layer. Does it go before or after the sauce? What do you mix with it? How do you just make it work. I’ve tried a bunch of different techniques and have found 3 critical pointers:

1. Dry out your ricotta. If it’s too wet, it will make your lasagna sloshy. To accomplish this I spread the ricotta on a plate and put a couple of paper towels over it for an hour or two. It’s surprising how much water is in the cheese. I replaced the towels a couple of times each layer was well soaked after 15 minutes! When I started to work with the cheese, I noticed a significant difference in the texture.

2. Only have 1 layer of ricotta. Many recipes say there should be a ricotta layer in between each set of noodles. This becomes ricotta overkill and typically results in a mushy lasagna.

3. Rev up your ricotta! I like to add pesto and parmesan to brighten up an overall basic flavor.

And that’s just the cheese!!

Let’s move on to meat…. pork!! Every time, pork pork pork!! I was raised with an understanding that anything Italian and meaty should be made with ground beef. Wrong!! Ground pork is where it’s at. The flavors are richer. Now I still do like a little beef so I do a 50/50 mix. But seriously, if you’re not using pork, your selling yourself short. You don’t even need to get fancy Italian seasoned pork! I love using the plain breakfast style ground pork.

And finally, the layers! The real key to making an epic lasagna, is figuring out your layer order. Each bite of lasagna should be that perfect blend of meat, sauce, noodles, and cheese. If the layers aren’t correct, the whole dish falls apart in my opinion. After extensive research and oh so much trial and error, I am happy to present my go to, fool proof, fail proof technique to layering lasagna:

The full recipe is also include below!

How to Layer Lasagna:

In a 9吉 pan, spread a thin layer of sauce.

Next lay out your first layer of noodles and cover with meat sauce.

Add a generous layer of mozzarella.

Then another layer of noodles topped with all the ricotta blend.

Sprinkle with more mozzarella to help it bind.

One more layer of noodles and add the rest of the sauce… and don’t put the last cheese layer on yet! You heard me! You are going to cook the lasagna without the epic top cheese layer first!! Cover it with foil, cut a few vents and bake for 30 minutes.

Take the pan out and remove the foil. Doesn’t that layered look just make you drool?

Now put on that epic last layer of mozzarella cheese! And don’t skimp! You shouldn’t see any sauce under that layer! I like to add a little garlic salt and parmesan to the top for extra flavor.


The Best Damn Lasagna on Earth!

Oh lasagna, you ooey gooey saucy hot mess of flavor! I love you so! I often think of Garfield and try to achieve a lasagna that even he would go nuts over. It’s taken a long time but I feel as if I’m getting a little closer to my goal with each try.

Lasagna seems a simple enough idea until you try it. Honestly, it’s pretty involved. Expect to use practically every pan you own. Also plan on at least one hour of prep and one hour to cook. On the bright side, there is often leftovers, depending on how many you are feeding. Lasagna is kind of funny in that it’s one of those meals that actually tastes better reheated after a day in the fridge. The layers seem more defined and congealed, especially that pesky ricotta.

Which brings me to my first rant: ricotta. Ugh, I’ve had so many ricotta fails, it’s silly. And if the ricotta sucks, the dish sucks. I’ve poured over so many recipes and they all do it different. Some say include it in every layer, some say every other layer. Does it go before or after the sauce? What do you mix with it? How do you just make it work. I’ve tried a bunch of different techniques and have found 3 critical pointers:

1. Dry out your ricotta. If it’s too wet, it will make your lasagna sloshy. To accomplish this I spread the ricotta on a plate and put a couple of paper towels over it for an hour or two. It’s surprising how much water is in the cheese. I replaced the towels a couple of times each layer was well soaked after 15 minutes! When I started to work with the cheese, I noticed a significant difference in the texture.

2. Only have 1 layer of ricotta. Many recipes say there should be a ricotta layer in between each set of noodles. This becomes ricotta overkill and typically results in a mushy lasagna.

3. Rev up your ricotta! I like to add pesto and parmesan to brighten up an overall basic flavor.

And that’s just the cheese!!

Let’s move on to meat…. pork!! Every time, pork pork pork!! I was raised with an understanding that anything Italian and meaty should be made with ground beef. Wrong!! Ground pork is where it’s at. The flavors are richer. Now I still do like a little beef so I do a 50/50 mix. But seriously, if you’re not using pork, your selling yourself short. You don’t even need to get fancy Italian seasoned pork! I love using the plain breakfast style ground pork.

And finally, the layers! The real key to making an epic lasagna, is figuring out your layer order. Each bite of lasagna should be that perfect blend of meat, sauce, noodles, and cheese. If the layers aren’t correct, the whole dish falls apart in my opinion. After extensive research and oh so much trial and error, I am happy to present my go to, fool proof, fail proof technique to layering lasagna:

The full recipe is also include below!

How to Layer Lasagna:

In a 9吉 pan, spread a thin layer of sauce.

Next lay out your first layer of noodles and cover with meat sauce.

Add a generous layer of mozzarella.

Then another layer of noodles topped with all the ricotta blend.

Sprinkle with more mozzarella to help it bind.

One more layer of noodles and add the rest of the sauce… and don’t put the last cheese layer on yet! You heard me! You are going to cook the lasagna without the epic top cheese layer first!! Cover it with foil, cut a few vents and bake for 30 minutes.

Take the pan out and remove the foil. Doesn’t that layered look just make you drool?

Now put on that epic last layer of mozzarella cheese! And don’t skimp! You shouldn’t see any sauce under that layer! I like to add a little garlic salt and parmesan to the top for extra flavor.


The Best Damn Lasagna on Earth!

Oh lasagna, you ooey gooey saucy hot mess of flavor! I love you so! I often think of Garfield and try to achieve a lasagna that even he would go nuts over. It’s taken a long time but I feel as if I’m getting a little closer to my goal with each try.

Lasagna seems a simple enough idea until you try it. Honestly, it’s pretty involved. Expect to use practically every pan you own. Also plan on at least one hour of prep and one hour to cook. On the bright side, there is often leftovers, depending on how many you are feeding. Lasagna is kind of funny in that it’s one of those meals that actually tastes better reheated after a day in the fridge. The layers seem more defined and congealed, especially that pesky ricotta.

Which brings me to my first rant: ricotta. Ugh, I’ve had so many ricotta fails, it’s silly. And if the ricotta sucks, the dish sucks. I’ve poured over so many recipes and they all do it different. Some say include it in every layer, some say every other layer. Does it go before or after the sauce? What do you mix with it? How do you just make it work. I’ve tried a bunch of different techniques and have found 3 critical pointers:

1. Dry out your ricotta. If it’s too wet, it will make your lasagna sloshy. To accomplish this I spread the ricotta on a plate and put a couple of paper towels over it for an hour or two. It’s surprising how much water is in the cheese. I replaced the towels a couple of times each layer was well soaked after 15 minutes! When I started to work with the cheese, I noticed a significant difference in the texture.

2. Only have 1 layer of ricotta. Many recipes say there should be a ricotta layer in between each set of noodles. This becomes ricotta overkill and typically results in a mushy lasagna.

3. Rev up your ricotta! I like to add pesto and parmesan to brighten up an overall basic flavor.

And that’s just the cheese!!

Let’s move on to meat…. pork!! Every time, pork pork pork!! I was raised with an understanding that anything Italian and meaty should be made with ground beef. Wrong!! Ground pork is where it’s at. The flavors are richer. Now I still do like a little beef so I do a 50/50 mix. But seriously, if you’re not using pork, your selling yourself short. You don’t even need to get fancy Italian seasoned pork! I love using the plain breakfast style ground pork.

And finally, the layers! The real key to making an epic lasagna, is figuring out your layer order. Each bite of lasagna should be that perfect blend of meat, sauce, noodles, and cheese. If the layers aren’t correct, the whole dish falls apart in my opinion. After extensive research and oh so much trial and error, I am happy to present my go to, fool proof, fail proof technique to layering lasagna:

The full recipe is also include below!

How to Layer Lasagna:

In a 9吉 pan, spread a thin layer of sauce.

Next lay out your first layer of noodles and cover with meat sauce.

Add a generous layer of mozzarella.

Then another layer of noodles topped with all the ricotta blend.

Sprinkle with more mozzarella to help it bind.

One more layer of noodles and add the rest of the sauce… and don’t put the last cheese layer on yet! You heard me! You are going to cook the lasagna without the epic top cheese layer first!! Cover it with foil, cut a few vents and bake for 30 minutes.

Take the pan out and remove the foil. Doesn’t that layered look just make you drool?

Now put on that epic last layer of mozzarella cheese! And don’t skimp! You shouldn’t see any sauce under that layer! I like to add a little garlic salt and parmesan to the top for extra flavor.


The Best Damn Lasagna on Earth!

Oh lasagna, you ooey gooey saucy hot mess of flavor! I love you so! I often think of Garfield and try to achieve a lasagna that even he would go nuts over. It’s taken a long time but I feel as if I’m getting a little closer to my goal with each try.

Lasagna seems a simple enough idea until you try it. Honestly, it’s pretty involved. Expect to use practically every pan you own. Also plan on at least one hour of prep and one hour to cook. On the bright side, there is often leftovers, depending on how many you are feeding. Lasagna is kind of funny in that it’s one of those meals that actually tastes better reheated after a day in the fridge. The layers seem more defined and congealed, especially that pesky ricotta.

Which brings me to my first rant: ricotta. Ugh, I’ve had so many ricotta fails, it’s silly. And if the ricotta sucks, the dish sucks. I’ve poured over so many recipes and they all do it different. Some say include it in every layer, some say every other layer. Does it go before or after the sauce? What do you mix with it? How do you just make it work. I’ve tried a bunch of different techniques and have found 3 critical pointers:

1. Dry out your ricotta. If it’s too wet, it will make your lasagna sloshy. To accomplish this I spread the ricotta on a plate and put a couple of paper towels over it for an hour or two. It’s surprising how much water is in the cheese. I replaced the towels a couple of times each layer was well soaked after 15 minutes! When I started to work with the cheese, I noticed a significant difference in the texture.

2. Only have 1 layer of ricotta. Many recipes say there should be a ricotta layer in between each set of noodles. This becomes ricotta overkill and typically results in a mushy lasagna.

3. Rev up your ricotta! I like to add pesto and parmesan to brighten up an overall basic flavor.

And that’s just the cheese!!

Let’s move on to meat…. pork!! Every time, pork pork pork!! I was raised with an understanding that anything Italian and meaty should be made with ground beef. Wrong!! Ground pork is where it’s at. The flavors are richer. Now I still do like a little beef so I do a 50/50 mix. But seriously, if you’re not using pork, your selling yourself short. You don’t even need to get fancy Italian seasoned pork! I love using the plain breakfast style ground pork.

And finally, the layers! The real key to making an epic lasagna, is figuring out your layer order. Each bite of lasagna should be that perfect blend of meat, sauce, noodles, and cheese. If the layers aren’t correct, the whole dish falls apart in my opinion. After extensive research and oh so much trial and error, I am happy to present my go to, fool proof, fail proof technique to layering lasagna:

The full recipe is also include below!

How to Layer Lasagna:

In a 9吉 pan, spread a thin layer of sauce.

Next lay out your first layer of noodles and cover with meat sauce.

Add a generous layer of mozzarella.

Then another layer of noodles topped with all the ricotta blend.

Sprinkle with more mozzarella to help it bind.

One more layer of noodles and add the rest of the sauce… and don’t put the last cheese layer on yet! You heard me! You are going to cook the lasagna without the epic top cheese layer first!! Cover it with foil, cut a few vents and bake for 30 minutes.

Take the pan out and remove the foil. Doesn’t that layered look just make you drool?

Now put on that epic last layer of mozzarella cheese! And don’t skimp! You shouldn’t see any sauce under that layer! I like to add a little garlic salt and parmesan to the top for extra flavor.


The Best Damn Lasagna on Earth!

Oh lasagna, you ooey gooey saucy hot mess of flavor! I love you so! I often think of Garfield and try to achieve a lasagna that even he would go nuts over. It’s taken a long time but I feel as if I’m getting a little closer to my goal with each try.

Lasagna seems a simple enough idea until you try it. Honestly, it’s pretty involved. Expect to use practically every pan you own. Also plan on at least one hour of prep and one hour to cook. On the bright side, there is often leftovers, depending on how many you are feeding. Lasagna is kind of funny in that it’s one of those meals that actually tastes better reheated after a day in the fridge. The layers seem more defined and congealed, especially that pesky ricotta.

Which brings me to my first rant: ricotta. Ugh, I’ve had so many ricotta fails, it’s silly. And if the ricotta sucks, the dish sucks. I’ve poured over so many recipes and they all do it different. Some say include it in every layer, some say every other layer. Does it go before or after the sauce? What do you mix with it? How do you just make it work. I’ve tried a bunch of different techniques and have found 3 critical pointers:

1. Dry out your ricotta. If it’s too wet, it will make your lasagna sloshy. To accomplish this I spread the ricotta on a plate and put a couple of paper towels over it for an hour or two. It’s surprising how much water is in the cheese. I replaced the towels a couple of times each layer was well soaked after 15 minutes! When I started to work with the cheese, I noticed a significant difference in the texture.

2. Only have 1 layer of ricotta. Many recipes say there should be a ricotta layer in between each set of noodles. This becomes ricotta overkill and typically results in a mushy lasagna.

3. Rev up your ricotta! I like to add pesto and parmesan to brighten up an overall basic flavor.

And that’s just the cheese!!

Let’s move on to meat…. pork!! Every time, pork pork pork!! I was raised with an understanding that anything Italian and meaty should be made with ground beef. Wrong!! Ground pork is where it’s at. The flavors are richer. Now I still do like a little beef so I do a 50/50 mix. But seriously, if you’re not using pork, your selling yourself short. You don’t even need to get fancy Italian seasoned pork! I love using the plain breakfast style ground pork.

And finally, the layers! The real key to making an epic lasagna, is figuring out your layer order. Each bite of lasagna should be that perfect blend of meat, sauce, noodles, and cheese. If the layers aren’t correct, the whole dish falls apart in my opinion. After extensive research and oh so much trial and error, I am happy to present my go to, fool proof, fail proof technique to layering lasagna:

The full recipe is also include below!

How to Layer Lasagna:

In a 9吉 pan, spread a thin layer of sauce.

Next lay out your first layer of noodles and cover with meat sauce.

Add a generous layer of mozzarella.

Then another layer of noodles topped with all the ricotta blend.

Sprinkle with more mozzarella to help it bind.

One more layer of noodles and add the rest of the sauce… and don’t put the last cheese layer on yet! You heard me! You are going to cook the lasagna without the epic top cheese layer first!! Cover it with foil, cut a few vents and bake for 30 minutes.

Take the pan out and remove the foil. Doesn’t that layered look just make you drool?

Now put on that epic last layer of mozzarella cheese! And don’t skimp! You shouldn’t see any sauce under that layer! I like to add a little garlic salt and parmesan to the top for extra flavor.


The Best Damn Lasagna on Earth!

Oh lasagna, you ooey gooey saucy hot mess of flavor! I love you so! I often think of Garfield and try to achieve a lasagna that even he would go nuts over. It’s taken a long time but I feel as if I’m getting a little closer to my goal with each try.

Lasagna seems a simple enough idea until you try it. Honestly, it’s pretty involved. Expect to use practically every pan you own. Also plan on at least one hour of prep and one hour to cook. On the bright side, there is often leftovers, depending on how many you are feeding. Lasagna is kind of funny in that it’s one of those meals that actually tastes better reheated after a day in the fridge. The layers seem more defined and congealed, especially that pesky ricotta.

Which brings me to my first rant: ricotta. Ugh, I’ve had so many ricotta fails, it’s silly. And if the ricotta sucks, the dish sucks. I’ve poured over so many recipes and they all do it different. Some say include it in every layer, some say every other layer. Does it go before or after the sauce? What do you mix with it? How do you just make it work. I’ve tried a bunch of different techniques and have found 3 critical pointers:

1. Dry out your ricotta. If it’s too wet, it will make your lasagna sloshy. To accomplish this I spread the ricotta on a plate and put a couple of paper towels over it for an hour or two. It’s surprising how much water is in the cheese. I replaced the towels a couple of times each layer was well soaked after 15 minutes! When I started to work with the cheese, I noticed a significant difference in the texture.

2. Only have 1 layer of ricotta. Many recipes say there should be a ricotta layer in between each set of noodles. This becomes ricotta overkill and typically results in a mushy lasagna.

3. Rev up your ricotta! I like to add pesto and parmesan to brighten up an overall basic flavor.

And that’s just the cheese!!

Let’s move on to meat…. pork!! Every time, pork pork pork!! I was raised with an understanding that anything Italian and meaty should be made with ground beef. Wrong!! Ground pork is where it’s at. The flavors are richer. Now I still do like a little beef so I do a 50/50 mix. But seriously, if you’re not using pork, your selling yourself short. You don’t even need to get fancy Italian seasoned pork! I love using the plain breakfast style ground pork.

And finally, the layers! The real key to making an epic lasagna, is figuring out your layer order. Each bite of lasagna should be that perfect blend of meat, sauce, noodles, and cheese. If the layers aren’t correct, the whole dish falls apart in my opinion. After extensive research and oh so much trial and error, I am happy to present my go to, fool proof, fail proof technique to layering lasagna:

The full recipe is also include below!

How to Layer Lasagna:

In a 9吉 pan, spread a thin layer of sauce.

Next lay out your first layer of noodles and cover with meat sauce.

Add a generous layer of mozzarella.

Then another layer of noodles topped with all the ricotta blend.

Sprinkle with more mozzarella to help it bind.

One more layer of noodles and add the rest of the sauce… and don’t put the last cheese layer on yet! You heard me! You are going to cook the lasagna without the epic top cheese layer first!! Cover it with foil, cut a few vents and bake for 30 minutes.

Take the pan out and remove the foil. Doesn’t that layered look just make you drool?

Now put on that epic last layer of mozzarella cheese! And don’t skimp! You shouldn’t see any sauce under that layer! I like to add a little garlic salt and parmesan to the top for extra flavor.


The Best Damn Lasagna on Earth!

Oh lasagna, you ooey gooey saucy hot mess of flavor! I love you so! I often think of Garfield and try to achieve a lasagna that even he would go nuts over. It’s taken a long time but I feel as if I’m getting a little closer to my goal with each try.

Lasagna seems a simple enough idea until you try it. Honestly, it’s pretty involved. Expect to use practically every pan you own. Also plan on at least one hour of prep and one hour to cook. On the bright side, there is often leftovers, depending on how many you are feeding. Lasagna is kind of funny in that it’s one of those meals that actually tastes better reheated after a day in the fridge. The layers seem more defined and congealed, especially that pesky ricotta.

Which brings me to my first rant: ricotta. Ugh, I’ve had so many ricotta fails, it’s silly. And if the ricotta sucks, the dish sucks. I’ve poured over so many recipes and they all do it different. Some say include it in every layer, some say every other layer. Does it go before or after the sauce? What do you mix with it? How do you just make it work. I’ve tried a bunch of different techniques and have found 3 critical pointers:

1. Dry out your ricotta. If it’s too wet, it will make your lasagna sloshy. To accomplish this I spread the ricotta on a plate and put a couple of paper towels over it for an hour or two. It’s surprising how much water is in the cheese. I replaced the towels a couple of times each layer was well soaked after 15 minutes! When I started to work with the cheese, I noticed a significant difference in the texture.

2. Only have 1 layer of ricotta. Many recipes say there should be a ricotta layer in between each set of noodles. This becomes ricotta overkill and typically results in a mushy lasagna.

3. Rev up your ricotta! I like to add pesto and parmesan to brighten up an overall basic flavor.

And that’s just the cheese!!

Let’s move on to meat…. pork!! Every time, pork pork pork!! I was raised with an understanding that anything Italian and meaty should be made with ground beef. Wrong!! Ground pork is where it’s at. The flavors are richer. Now I still do like a little beef so I do a 50/50 mix. But seriously, if you’re not using pork, your selling yourself short. You don’t even need to get fancy Italian seasoned pork! I love using the plain breakfast style ground pork.

And finally, the layers! The real key to making an epic lasagna, is figuring out your layer order. Each bite of lasagna should be that perfect blend of meat, sauce, noodles, and cheese. If the layers aren’t correct, the whole dish falls apart in my opinion. After extensive research and oh so much trial and error, I am happy to present my go to, fool proof, fail proof technique to layering lasagna:

The full recipe is also include below!

How to Layer Lasagna:

In a 9吉 pan, spread a thin layer of sauce.

Next lay out your first layer of noodles and cover with meat sauce.

Add a generous layer of mozzarella.

Then another layer of noodles topped with all the ricotta blend.

Sprinkle with more mozzarella to help it bind.

One more layer of noodles and add the rest of the sauce… and don’t put the last cheese layer on yet! You heard me! You are going to cook the lasagna without the epic top cheese layer first!! Cover it with foil, cut a few vents and bake for 30 minutes.

Take the pan out and remove the foil. Doesn’t that layered look just make you drool?

Now put on that epic last layer of mozzarella cheese! And don’t skimp! You shouldn’t see any sauce under that layer! I like to add a little garlic salt and parmesan to the top for extra flavor.


The Best Damn Lasagna on Earth!

Oh lasagna, you ooey gooey saucy hot mess of flavor! I love you so! I often think of Garfield and try to achieve a lasagna that even he would go nuts over. It’s taken a long time but I feel as if I’m getting a little closer to my goal with each try.

Lasagna seems a simple enough idea until you try it. Honestly, it’s pretty involved. Expect to use practically every pan you own. Also plan on at least one hour of prep and one hour to cook. On the bright side, there is often leftovers, depending on how many you are feeding. Lasagna is kind of funny in that it’s one of those meals that actually tastes better reheated after a day in the fridge. The layers seem more defined and congealed, especially that pesky ricotta.

Which brings me to my first rant: ricotta. Ugh, I’ve had so many ricotta fails, it’s silly. And if the ricotta sucks, the dish sucks. I’ve poured over so many recipes and they all do it different. Some say include it in every layer, some say every other layer. Does it go before or after the sauce? What do you mix with it? How do you just make it work. I’ve tried a bunch of different techniques and have found 3 critical pointers:

1. Dry out your ricotta. If it’s too wet, it will make your lasagna sloshy. To accomplish this I spread the ricotta on a plate and put a couple of paper towels over it for an hour or two. It’s surprising how much water is in the cheese. I replaced the towels a couple of times each layer was well soaked after 15 minutes! When I started to work with the cheese, I noticed a significant difference in the texture.

2. Only have 1 layer of ricotta. Many recipes say there should be a ricotta layer in between each set of noodles. This becomes ricotta overkill and typically results in a mushy lasagna.

3. Rev up your ricotta! I like to add pesto and parmesan to brighten up an overall basic flavor.

And that’s just the cheese!!

Let’s move on to meat…. pork!! Every time, pork pork pork!! I was raised with an understanding that anything Italian and meaty should be made with ground beef. Wrong!! Ground pork is where it’s at. The flavors are richer. Now I still do like a little beef so I do a 50/50 mix. But seriously, if you’re not using pork, your selling yourself short. You don’t even need to get fancy Italian seasoned pork! I love using the plain breakfast style ground pork.

And finally, the layers! The real key to making an epic lasagna, is figuring out your layer order. Each bite of lasagna should be that perfect blend of meat, sauce, noodles, and cheese. If the layers aren’t correct, the whole dish falls apart in my opinion. After extensive research and oh so much trial and error, I am happy to present my go to, fool proof, fail proof technique to layering lasagna:

The full recipe is also include below!

How to Layer Lasagna:

In a 9吉 pan, spread a thin layer of sauce.

Next lay out your first layer of noodles and cover with meat sauce.

Add a generous layer of mozzarella.

Then another layer of noodles topped with all the ricotta blend.

Sprinkle with more mozzarella to help it bind.

One more layer of noodles and add the rest of the sauce… and don’t put the last cheese layer on yet! You heard me! You are going to cook the lasagna without the epic top cheese layer first!! Cover it with foil, cut a few vents and bake for 30 minutes.

Take the pan out and remove the foil. Doesn’t that layered look just make you drool?

Now put on that epic last layer of mozzarella cheese! And don’t skimp! You shouldn’t see any sauce under that layer! I like to add a little garlic salt and parmesan to the top for extra flavor.


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