Wednesday, May 10, 2006
A quick and tasty lasagna
Passport To Flavor Copyright 1993
9 lasagna noodles (2 inches wide) I used Dreamfields
2 cans (14 ½ ounces each) Del Monte Pasta Style Chunky Tomatoes*
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1 cup diced cooked ham
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese I used a mozzarella and provolone blend
*I don't think they make this style of tomatoes anymore. I used the diced tomatoes seasoned with basil, oregano and garlic(?) and omitted the basil - next time I'd use the petite diced
Cook noodles according to package directions; rinse, drain and separate noodles. Drain tomatoes reserving liquid; pour liquid into measuring cup. Add to measure 2 cups. In a large saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour and basil. Cook over medium heat 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in reserved liquid; cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Stir in tomatoes. Spread thin layer sauce on bottom of 11x2-inch or 2-quart baking dish. Top with 3 noodles and 1/3 each of sauce, ham and cheese; repeat layers twice, ending with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F 25 minutes. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and green onions, if desired.
I never thought of lasagna as something I can whip up after work but now I do. This was practically a Rachael Ray meal. Not quite but it definitely made it to the table in under an hour, maybe closer to 45 minutes.
I loved the creamy tomato sauce and the Dreamfields lasagna noodles had a great texture (I'm not sure if it was the noodles themselves or if I just managed to cook them perfectly). I added too much ham though, thinking more was better, but it ended up being on the salty side. I would have preferred smalller chunks of tomatoes and next time I'll try the petite diced ones. The ham was not key in this - this would have been great meatless or with veggies. I think this recipe has lots of possibilities.
My son LOVED this. LOVED it. So I'll be making some version of this again.
This was from a small pamphlet cookbook put out by Del Monte, with recipes for their tomato products. I think they've made changes in the product line in the past 13 years and I couldn't find the product they called for but diced tomatoes worked fine.
Question of the Day: How do you usually make lasagna?