Good evening everyone!
Tonight, I’m going to share a recipe for one of my favorite comfort meals: Lasagna. There’s a big difference between my Lasagna and the normal stuff: I don’t use tomatoes. Not because I don’t like them, I actually love them. But with the birth of my oldest child came a diagnosis for a condition called Interstitial Cystitis, which is a pain in the butt. I can’t have certain high potassium foods, one of which is tomatoes! Ahaha*sobs in Italian*
Here is the recipe:
- Lasagna noodles cooked to package directions
- 1 cup grated parmesan
- Fresh mozzarella cheese, 2 rounds, cut into small cubes.
- 4 red bell peppers, halved and roasted for 20 minutes at 450°F, steamed in glass bowl with lid to help remove skin.
- 8 cloves garlic, crushed
- 3 bay leaves
- 4 diced carrots
- 2 diced celery stalks
- 1 diced onion
- 1 handful Italian parsley stems
- 2-3 cups merlot or red wine
- 1-2 water or chicken broth
- 1 parmesan heel
- 2-3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- Smoked paprika
Blend red pepper and garlic in food processor until smooth.
Saute’ diced veg in oil over medium heat. Add wine and whisk to deglaze pot. Pour puree into pot. Add water or broth. Bundle cheese heel, stems and bay leaves with kitchen twine. Add to pot with some salt and pepper to taste. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, cook for 30 minutes with lid on.
Remove lid. Stir, add a small palm full or two of smoked paprika.
Add miniature Turkey meatballs, simmer another 5 to 10 minutes. Remove herb bouquet and cheese rind.
Turkey meatballs (Giada style)*
- 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley leaves
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 Tbs whole milk
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp pepper
Combine ingredients in large bowl and form into little meatballs. Cook stovetop in oil or bake at 375 on cookie sheet for 15 minutes (I bake them on a greased cookie sheet because it is faster overall).
Ricotta cheese mixture
- 1 handful Italian parsley leaves, chopped
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 large container ricotta cheese
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
Combine ingredients in large mixing bowl and set aside.
Spoon a small amount of sauce into bottom of a large casserole or deep rectangular dish. Lay down some noodles lengthwise to cover bottom of pan. Add a layer of ricotta, then sprinkle with parmesan and mozzarella.
Spoon over sauce and meat. Add a layer of noodles crossways in pan this time, and repeat, alternating noodle direction to give strength and bite to layers.
Finish with a layer of noodles running lengthwise, topped with meat sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Cover with lid or foil and bake in preheated oven at 375° for 25 minutes.
Remove lid or foil and bake an additional 25 minutes. Rest for 15 minutes prior to serving.
*The meatball recipe I got from Giada de Laurentiis’ Everyday Italian cookbook and I modified it slightly to suite my needs. Please check her out and show her some love! Her recipes are fantastic and I’d use a lot more of them if I were able.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. It was really fun to create.