Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The pantry is packed & Im ready to go.....

Well, maybe not "ready" but Ive been reading a lot about "nesting". It seems that the need to clean, hoard and "get ready" is happening to me too! I find myself running around my store all day looking for messes to clean up, organize or things to throw aways..... now if you know me @ all, this is nothing new! But I feel it has gone to another level because when I get home I feel that all I see are little areas around the house I need to get at! Im trying not to drive myself crazy & thank God for my wonderful Hubby that has been helping!

Either way I stocked up on lots of "things" at the store today.... cans of cream of whatever soup, coffee, mixes and Im going to outline some recipes in the next couple weeks that I will be freezing for the first couple weeks with baby!

On the menu for tonight?? Last week Joy Behar from The View shared her recipe:
Joy's Lasagna Recipe
November 11, 2010: Whoopi raves about Joy's lasagna -- she even called it "brilliant!" Since Sherri always needs a little help in the kitch, Joy is teaching Sherri how to make her famous dish. Here's the recipe.
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 cup Chopped Onion
2 Garlic Cloves
1½ Lbs. Sweet Italian Sausage (Out Of Casings)
1 Large 28oz Can Crushed Italian Tomatoes
1 6oz Can Tomato Paste
¼ cup Chopped Parsley
½ cup Chopped Basil Leaves
2 Tsp Sea Salt¾ Tsp Pepper
½ Box Lasagna Noodles
1 Lb Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese

1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Extra Large Egg
1 Lb Whole Milk Mozzarella Cheese
¼ cup Parmesan Cheese For Sprinkling At End
1 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and position the oven rack in the middle.
2. To make the meat sauce, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and cook over medium-low heat until translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and stir for one more minute. Then add the sausage and cook over medium-low heat. Breaking it up with a wooden spoon, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until fully cooked and no longer pink. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, oregano, basil, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
3. Soak lasagna noodles in hot tap water.
4. While the sauce is simmering, make the cheese filling In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, 1 cup of Parmesan, the beaten egg, chopped parsley, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
5. Ladle one third of the meat sauce into a 9”x 12”x 2” casserole or baking pan. Spread the sauce over the bottom of the dish. Then add approximately half the pasta (in one layer, cover the sauce with the noodles), half the sliced mozzarella, half the cheese mixture, and one third of the sauce. Add another single layer of noodles, mozzarella, ricotta, and the remaining sauce Sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup of Parmesan.
6. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling
Keep on Cooking!!!

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