Sunday, March 29, 2009

Daring Bakers ChallengeMarch 2009~Lasagne

Spinach Egg Pasta. My first attempt at making pasta from scratch. And since I am refraining from buying any kitchen gadgets at the moment, I rolled all the pasta by hand! It was a trying night. I think I started mixing the dough together at 8pm and did not finish rolling the dough until 1am.
I chose to make my own pasta sauce because I was not feeling in the mood for a meat dish, and opted to make a vegetarian sauce.
1.5 T olive oil
1/2 c. chopped onions
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
1/2 t. chili flakes
1 t. italian seasoning
1-16 oz bottle pre-made spaghetti sauce
1-6 oz can of tomato paste
1-4oz can of mushrooms
4 oz frozen spinach (the remainder from making the pasta)
1 medium sized bell pepper chopped
Salt and pepper to taste.
Fry onions in olive oil, add garlic and fry. Toss in the chili flakes and italian seasoning into the pan. Add and fry the bell pepper. Add the spaghetti sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. Mix in the tomato paste. Mix in the mushrooms and spinach.

I did make a substitution to the lasagne recipe, and instead of using Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, I just used what I had in my fridge which was Kraft shredded mozarella.

The final result tasted fine to me. I never order lasagne at restaurants, so I'm not the best person to judge this dish. I thought it tasted good, but it could be due to the fact that it took me hours to make.

If you're really interested in the recipes, they are from "The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food" by Lynne Rossetto Kasper (published by William Morrow and Company Inc., 1992)

The March 2009 challenge is hosted by Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Melbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande. They have chosen Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna from The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper as the challenge.


Gnightgirl said...

This looks amaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!

Lauren said...

great job!

Joy said...

Awesome! The night I hand-rolled the lasagna was quite a *memorable* night of labor, with a kiss goodnight of advil for upper body pain. :p