Thursday, January 15, 2009

The noodles for the lasagna

were really easy to make: if you have a food processor and a pasta machine, they're nearly trivial: if you don't have a pasta roller, a rolling pin is lots of fun (in fact, half the time I make lasagna noodles I roll them out by hand anyway).

Here's the recipe for the pasta: note that I don't boil the noodles: I construct the pasta with the freshly rolled noodles, and they bake in the sauce in the oven.

3 eggs
2 cups bread flour
1/2 package of frozen spinach or so (10 oz package)
half teaspoon of salt

Cook the spinach as directed (I microwaved uncovered for 8 minutes, stirring
occasionally with a fork to break it up). Let it cool, and squeeze out as much
liquid as you can.
Place a cup and a half of flour in the food processor, together with the spinach,
and pulse several times until the spinach is broken up. Lightly beat the eggs in a
bowl, pour into the food processor tube while pulsing the flour and spinach.
Add enough flour, a spoonful at a time, that the dough comes together and is
moist still but not sticky. Pulse the dough for a minute or so until it forms an
elastic dough. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for an hour or two.

Cut the dough into 4 pieces or so: roll each one out --- to the thinnest but one
setting on the pasta roller, or as thin as you can with a rolling pin (more fun, but
more work too). If necessary, cut the pieces of lasagna to the desired width.

Preheat the oven to 375.

Construct the lasagna as usual: layer of tomato and meat sauce, layer of pasta,
ricotta-egg-spinach-cheese mix, sauce, mozarella, pasta, r-e-s-c, sauce, pasta,
mozarella, etc until the pasta and the r-e-s-c mix is used up. Top with sauce,
sprinkle with mozarrella and some more parmesan.
Bake covered with foil for 10-15 minutes, and for 20 or so more uncovered.
Take out of the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes for the mixtures to set.
Cut and serve.

LOML has been ooohing and aaaahing about how good it was all day. We reheated the leftovers this evening for dinner, and it was very nearly as good the next day.

Yours, where noodles are concerned, in need of flattery,

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