Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mario Batali's Lasagne Bolognese al Forno

Steve had this lasagna at a colleague's house a few weeks ago and came home anxious to make it himself.

Steve shopped for all the ingredients, then he and Marley prepared the meal. They started at 4:00 p.m.

First they diced and chopped vegetables. Then they minced the meat. Then they cooked the meat and the vegetables and made the pasta and the bechamel sauce. Steve assembled the lasagna, baked it, and finally (at 9:00 p.m.) we sat down to eat. We were so hungry, but it was worth the wait.

The next day he made it again, but with ground beef, and he left the nutmeg out of the bechamel sauce. When asked by Steve how they liked the second version, Sarah and Joan replied, "It's really good, Daddy. It tastes like Hamburger Helper." NOT the response Steve was looking for!

But he made it again the right way and we were all very pleased. And yes, it really does take 4 to 5 hours to prepare.

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Blogger Dana said...

Once upon a time, as a teenager, I prepared a from scratch Italian meal, complete with freshly rolled pasta, a homemade red sauce, white, et cetera.

I was too tired to eat it, when it was finally ready.

That's the last time I ever made pasta from scratch. That expensive brand in the refrigerated section? It's worth the price :)

All that to say, kudos to Steve! What a guy!

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