I love lasagna, its comfort food at it’s best. Yesterday, I was doing my usual blog visits and when I went to my favorite blog for food inspiration, Smitten Kitchen, the feature for the week was lasagna. Now, I’ve tried a couple different lasagna recipes. My close friends and husband can attest to a very amusing lasagna experience which I won’t be sharing in this post but let’s just say it involved 2 different recipes, trying to impress my then boyfriend/now husband and “smoky” sausage. Yes, very strange I know but it’s a good story to tell even now, almost 4 years later. I digress. Back to Smitten Kitchen’s current lasagna recipe. It’s really good. It involves an amazing bechamel sauce, yes, you heard correctly, Bechamel Sauce. I had never even heard of adding the sauce into lasagna before but it sounded good, really good. After making it, it really was good. So good we ended up going for seconds even at 10 pm on a Monday night (shh! don’t tell my spin instructor).
This Bechamel Sauce was incredible. I actually had never tried my hand at bechamel sauce as I thought it was one of those fancy french sauces but truthfully, it really isan’t, the way Smitten Kitchen explains things, it’s almost impossible to ruin. One tip, do not forget or omit the nutmeg, in fact, I grated myself some fresh nutmeg and I swear it really brings so much more flavour and depth than the usual nutmeg that is “conveniently” grated for us but really doesn’t compare to freshly grated.
The wine sauce was the only part that was a bit of a disappointment, completely my fault though. It’s recommended to let it simmer for least 3 – 4 hours. I didn’t have the time and only let it simmer for 1 hour which was a huge mistake. As the recipe states, you don’t want “boiled meat sauce”, which is the way my turned out, not completely inedible but definitely lacking in the flavour that I was looking forward to. Simmer, Simmer, Simmer. Can’t say it enough.
I wish I could say I made my own fresh pasta sheets but then I would be lying. I just purchased the fresh sheets from Olivieri. It really is so much better than the dried pastas. Spend the extra $$$ because it really is worth it. For the full 9 x 13 inch casserole pan, I only needed to use one package of the fresh stuff. They look alot smaller than they really are. Basically, you will only spend about $3 – $4 more, depending on where you shop.
Yes, this lasagna recipe is a keeper. If you’re interested, check it out here.