Clothes aren’t the only thing we’re layering up during the cooler months – winter also presents the perfect time to layer those lasagne sheets and create the perfect warming meal. Hearty, nostalgic and always satisfying, this Italian classic is bound to please every time – so there’s no better time than now to perfect your lasagne.
If you’d like to perfect your lasagne recipe while the wintry months linger, there are a number of simple things you can do to get your bake just right. Of course, there are many matters of personal preferences involved in creating your best lasagne, but some ingredients and method steps are musts.
Perfect your lasagne with these simple tips
- Pick the best baking cheeses: there are few things more appetising than a golden, cheese-topped lasagne. Between your layers, ricotta provides a deliciously creamy texture and won’t overpower the flavours in your mince or vegetable mix. For the top, you can use a final layer of ricotta sprinkled with a grated mozzerella that will melt beautifully. If you want to elevate your final layer, finish things off with a sprinkling of shaved or grated parmesan – a tasty touch to top your lasagne. If you’re feeling creative, you might even like to roll up your lasagne sheets to stand vertically.
- Layer it up: so many lasagne recipes exist these days, but, typically, the order for layering a lasagne sees a helping of tomato-based sauce (either homemade or store-bought) cover the bottom of your dish, followed by a layer of slightly overlapped lasagne sheets, a layer of cheese (or cheesy sauce), then your choice of filling (such as ragu or mince), topped again with the tomato sauce – repeated until you reach a nice height for your dish (just below the top, incase anything bubbles over).
- Bake uncooked lasange sheets: it may seem counter-intuitive, but there’s no need to cook your lasagne sheets before baking. Once you pop your pre-layered lasagne into the oven, the pasta sheets (or ‘noodles’) will soften up. While you perfect your lasagne recipe, you might like to try using vegetables instead of pasta too.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment: try a combination of vegetables, different types of mince meats, various Italian herbs and seasonings. You might even like to try topping your lasagne with slices of tomatoes or pieces of basil. There are many ways to perfect your lasagne, depending on your own tastes and preferences.
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