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Here are some photos I took while making this lasagne along with basic instructions:
- In a medium bowl whisk together
4 oz or 2 cups grated Pecorino Romano cheese
8 oz or 1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cloves garlic minced
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
- In a skillet heat 1/4 cup olive oil. Sauté 1 chopped onion. Add and sauté together until onions are softened:
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Add and cook about a minute:
4 cloves garlic, minced
8 or more anchovy fillets, rinsed, patted dry and minced, optional but it adds a nice earthy flavor!
Sautéed onion and herbs:
- To the onion add and simmer 20 minutes:
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
Tomato sauce nearing completion:
You will need:
16 Oz or 14 curly type regular lasagne noodles, such as Barilla OR
9 oz Barilla Oven Ready Lasagne
12 oz or 3 cups fontina cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch (to keep grated cheese from sticking together)
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano
- If you use regular lasagne pasta, don’t cook it! Instead soften them! Use the curly variety
- Place 14 noodles in a 9×13 inch baking pan. Pour boiling water over the noodles to cover them
- Use the tip of a sharp knife to keep the noodles separated
This is the pasta brand used and the pasta soaking in boiling water:
- When the pasta are bendable, place the container in the sink and run cold water over them. Drain or lift them out of the water and dry the pasta on towels
Pasta drying on kitchen towels:
Here is the Oven Ready Lasagne: No soaking or boiling needed. Just layer them in!
- Preheat oven to 350 -375 degrees with a rack in the middle of the oven (350 if using a glass baking pan as I do)
- Place 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan
- Cut 2 noodles in half crosswise and set aside.
- Layer 3 full noodles lengthwise over the sauce with one end up next to the short end of the pan.
- Place a half noodle at the other end of the pan perpendicular
- Spread half of cheese sauce over noodles
- Sprinkle 1/2 cup grated fontina cheese over cheese sauce
- Layer noodles next in the same manner but switch the half noodle to the other end of the pan
- Spread 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce over the noodles
- Sprinkle 1/2 cup fontina cheese over sauce
- Place 3rd layer of noodles with 3 1/2 noodles, again switching the short noodle to the other end from the last time
- Spread remaining cheese sauce and then 1/2 cup fontina
- Layer 3 1/2 noodles and again switch their placement. This is to make the layers an even height
- Spread the remaining sauce over the noodles.
- Mix 1 cup fontina with cornstarch and sprinkle it on
- Finally layer the 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano on top
- Spray a sheet of foil with oil and place it oil side down on the lasagne
- Bake at 350 or 375 for 25 minutes
- Remove lasagne from oven
- Increase temp to 450 and remove foil.
- Return lasagne to the oven and bake 5-10 minutes until lightly browned
- Remove from oven and let sit 20 minutes before serving
- I have made this lasagne ahead and refrigerated it before baking. Bring it to room temperature before placing it in the oven
Cheese Sauce layered over first layer of pasta:
Fontina layered over tomato sauce:
Fontina layered over cheese sauce:
Final layer of the lasagna: Pecorino Romano!
Cover the lasagne with an oiled sheet of foil and bake at 350 or 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
The final stage is to remove the foil and increase the oven temperature to 450 or 500 for 5-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Then let rest for 20 minutes before serving.