May 9, 2009

Jack’s Lasagna Recipe (Authentic Italian)

Jack’s Lasagna: 
I have several ‘Variations’ that hopefully will please everyone’s 
taste pallet and diet. This is the Original Italian Version.

Before starting you will need 2-Quarts of Jack’s Spaghetti Meat Sauce, see recipe. If all ready made, remove from freezer, put in refrigerator over night.

Cooking Items and Utensils: 

Sharp Paring or Kitchen Knife

Mixing Bowl 

Chopping Board 

Large Serving Bowls or Diner Plates
Paper Towels
Large Soup Dipper or Large Long Handle Metal Spoon
Pair of Tongs

Alum Foil

Dinner Forks (you may use spoons)
Baking Dish (approximately 9” x 13”)(if you don't have one just buy a disposable aluminum pan at the grocery store).
5 to 8 Quart Pot with Lid
Wax Paper
Large Bowl or Tupperware Dish

Ingredients Needed:
Vegetable Oil
Olive Oil
Table Salt
Package of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Package of fresh Whole Mozzarella Cheese (buy in a ball the day before)
Grated Parmesan / Romano Cheese (I buy mine all ready grated)
1 Box of Lasagna Noodles (any brand)
2-Quarts of Jack’s Meat Sauce
1 Large container of Ricotta Cheese (refrigerated dairy department)
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Crushed Dry Basil (spice section)

General Instructions …

(*) Cooking Lasagna Noodles Direction:
This is for ALL the Lasagna Dishes and Versions …
In a large 5 to 8 Quart Pot, fill with water about 2/3.
Cover with lid, on high heat, bring to a boil.
Add in about 3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil.
Add in 1 Tablespoon of table salt.
Cover with lid bring back to a boil.
Remove lasagna pasta from box.
Remove Lid, leave off.
Add in about five pieces of Lasagna Noodles at a time
(follow cooking time instructions on box).
Note: Don't over cook. I usually take them out soon as they change color and become flexible.
Lay out a large sheet of wax paper.
As noodles are ready, lay on wax paper, pat dry with paper towel.
Important – Don't listen to cooking shows, Cook the Noodles !!

(**) Using Lasagna Noodles (placing them in the Baking Dish):
This is for ALL the Lasagna Dishes and Versions …
Next pour about a 2-quarts of ‘Sauce’ into a large bowl (Jack's Meat Sauce) depending on Lasagna Recipe. Sauce should be at room temperature, if frozen heat until lightly warm. I put mine in a Corning-ware Dish.
Place each Noodle in the dish length ways.
Repeat until bottom is covered, over lap Noodles about ¼ inch.
Cut or tuck Noodles to fit around ends.
--- Repeat this technique for each layer.
--- Note some people like to use Noodles to also cover the side of the dish before placing the layered ingredients. I sometimes do this myself, but it is not necessary. I don't do it for this original lasagna version.

(***) Basic Concept:
Oil, layer of sauce
Layer of Noodles
Layer of Ingredients
Layer of Noodles
Layer of Ingredients
Layer of Noodles
Layer of Sauce, Sliced Mozzarella Cheese, and Parmesan Cheese

First take some Olive Oil and lightly cover the bottom and sides of the baking dish.
Now pour and spread some sauce on the bottom of the baking dish (not too thick, just cover it lightly).
First Layer, pour and spread the Ricotta Cheese.
Now cover heavily with grated Parmesan / Romano Cheese.
Lightly cover with Sauce.
Sprinkle very lightly with Dry Basil and Fresh Ground Black Pepper.
Second Layer of Pasta Lasagna Noodles.
Add the shredded Mozzarella Cheese, spread evenly.
Add another layer of Parmesan / Romano Cheese.
Add some more sauce, spread evenly.
Third (final) Layer of Pasta Lasagna Noodles.
Add Sauce.
Now slice the Fresh Mozzarella Cheese into ¼ inch thick round pieces.
Evenly space these on pasta layer.
Now add some grated Parmesan / Romano Cheese.
Lightly add some more Sauce.
Cover with aluminum foil.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Bake for approximately 50 minutes.
Remove, let sit for about 20-minutes before slicing and serving.

Allow to sit for one hour, then place in refrigerator for about 3 hours. This will make it easy to slice. Just reheat in microwave for 90 seconds per slice. Freeze the rest in one serving Tupperware type containers.

For you Hungry Man Types:
Side Salad.
Garlic Bread.
Ice Cold Beer in Frosted Mug.
Red Diner Wine.

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me said...

Debby Burk Optical said...

My gosh, this looks tasty! I will attempt this hopefully next week. :)Debby