I don’t know why it is but cooking something delicious always seem to bring a smile to my face. It might be making pizza, hamburgers or just scrambled eggs…but whatever the delicious dish of delectable decadence might be…I smile.
Tonight, it was Lasagna.
I started by mincing half an onion and three garlic cloves and letting them simmer on medium low heat in a large 12″ pan until caramelized.
While that was on the stove, I diced up three Roma tomatoes and drained a 3.8 oz can of sliced black olives.
After the onions and garlic were caramelized to my liking, I plopped in 1 lb. of 85% lean ground turkey and raised the temp to Medium High.
After browning the turkey and letting some of the liquid burn off naturally (about ten minutes), I then added the black olives and tomatoes and lowered the temp to Medium.
At this point, I preheated the oven for 375 degrees Fahrenheit and after the tomatoes and onions and garlic and black olives were well-mixed, I then added one jar of Prego pasta sauce and let it simmer on Low for a few minutes while I prepared my cheese and noodles.
The awesome thing about making lasagna today is that you don’t have to boil noodles anymore. Barilla makes an Oven-Ready Lasagna noodle that requires no boiling. You can simply layer your dish with sauce, noodles and cheese and while the lasagna is baking the noodles get soft. It’s pretty awesome!
So, I pulled out my little box of noodles, a stack of Homemade Mozzarella cheese, some Provolone cheese slices and a container of Ricotta cheese and started layering in a 9″x 9″ baking dish.
A little sauce…a layer of noodles…some mozzarella cheese…then some more sauce…a layer of noodles…some Provolone slices…then some ricotta cheese…another layer of noodles…some more sauce… all to be topped off with Mozzarella cheese slices…
I covered the dish with non-stick aluminum foil and placed on a cookie sheet and placed into the oven so it would bake covered for 25 minutes at 375, then uncovered for another 25 minutes.
Believe me when I tell you that it smells delicious in here!
Mmm… Mmmmmm…. MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmm!!!!!
Nothin’ says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven!