Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday Night Dinner: Lasagna and Red Wine

As of April 23, 2011, I am still in search of the perfect lasagna recipe. This is the sixth new recipe I've made this year and I still haven't found what I'm looking for.

The cooking part went well and the directions were easy to follow, but the spice made my eyes water and the dryness left me overly thirsty. I liked the idea of making a spice to mix in with the turkey meat, and may try tweaking it if I use this recipe as a base.

This is what it took:
Meat Mixture
Saute an onion and three cloves of garlic
Mix in 1 pound of turkey meat and homemade spice mix (1 tablespoon each of paprika, salt, garlic powder, cayenne, pepper, thyme, and oregano)
Pour in a jar of your favorite tomato sauce
Bring to a boil then remove from heat and set aside

Cheese Mixture
8 ounces of ricotta cheese
1 cup of Romano cheese
2 cups of mozzarella cheese
2 egg whites
2 cups of spinach
1/4 cup of basil

Boil 12 noodles and set aside

Layer the ingredients: meat, noodles, meat, cheese, noodles, meat, cheese, noodles. Cover the top layer with mozzarella cheese.

Cook covered at 350 for 45 minutes, then remove cover and cook for 20 minutes more. Broil for 3 minutes to brown the cheese, then let the lasagna sit to cool and settle for 15.

Next time? Less spicy spice, more sauce and fresh basil.


  1. That's a whole lot of cayenne pepper. I sneezed just reading about that spice mix.

  2. You think that was it? Because I have been trying to isolate what made it so spicy. It called for 2 tablespoons each of salt and paprika but I cut it down to one. I'll try cutting the cayenne and black pepper down next time.