The purpose of this photo journal is to demonstrate how to build a lasagna.
By BOB ZIMORINO
Amy and I were having our friends Jack and Shelly Meyer over for dinner. We decided to go Classic Italian with the menu.
(Grandma Angie’s Homemade Chicken Soup) We followed that with a Strawberry Almond Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette. Dressing. So here it is folks, more than you ever needed to know about lasagna
The Thing About Lasagna…
Lasagna (singular) Lasagne (plural) –Lasagna been around since the middle ages and is believed to come out of Naples, although in the 1400’s Rome had a similar dish called Lasanum. Lasagna is an Italian word that means cooking pot, in reference to what the dish is normally cooked in. Interestingly enough, There were no tomato sauces at that time because until Columbus brought tomatoes back to Europe they were unheard of. Northern Italians developed Lasagna further because of their access to cheeses and other dairy products. There are arguments (Italians love to argue…no we don’t…yes we do…see that, I am arguing with myself) as to what is the traditional Lasagna.
The Northern Italians claim theirs, with its’ blend of tomato and béchamel sauce and fine cheeses. Of course the Southern Italians have a different idea of what is a traditional Lasagna and béchamel sauce is not part of it. Goat cheeses however are. What is the true traditional Lasagna. My folks are Southern Italians. I find béchamel makes it a little too rich for me.
What is the true traditional Lasagna? Well, for me it starts with a blend of meats and cheeses, a fabulous tomato sauce and pasta made from semolina flour. However, I have seen and made countless varieties of lasagne using everything from thins trips of zucchini instead of pasta sheets, to a variety of different meats, seafoods and cheeses, as well as various vegetables, and topped with alfredo, or tomato sauce or even pesto.
The purpose of this photo journal is to demonstrate how to build a lasagna. I am making the assumption, that you have a few things that you can get together on your own, such as, your favorite tomato sauce, your favorite, Italian Sausage (I make my own) Meatballs (I make my own. If you don’t have access to meatballs buy some ground beef and saute it with finely chopped onions, minced garlic, fresh chopped parsley salt and pepper and then let it cool completely), and pasta (obviously lasagna noodles). The pictures will have comments explaining what you are seeing and other ingredients…
Oh by the way, the thing about lasagna is…don’t get any on ya…
Bob Zimorino is a full-time real estate agent with Lambros/ERA Real Estate, a retired Certified Executive Chef, a musician with the popular local bands The Levitators and Spinal Pizza, a dad, and a grandpa. He shares the experiences from his life that helped shape his careers and hobbies. His weekly “Taste It” blog is his take on the evolution of food in his lifetime.