For me the epitome of comfort food is lasagna. I love its creamy, cheesy layers that stand up perfectly when cut and plated. Some of my most memorable days are when I came home from javelin practice and asked the age old question, “What’s for dinner?” And the ecstasy that followed when answered, “Lasagna!” Pot roast, roasted chicken, or stew just didn’t cut it for me after a long and chilly practice, it had to be lasagna. My mom makes a good and classic lasagna, but my Auntie Josie in Boston beats us all. Everyone requests her lasagna. She has even be spotted in airports taking the cheesy wonders through security. We don’t know what she does that makes it so amazing, she doesn’t even know! She says she just throws it together, doesn’t boil the noodles, never measures, but for sure adds a few pound of cheese. I have tried to recreate her lasagna with regrets each time. Some of my own more successful lasagnas are made right from the recipe on the noodle box-pretty lame for an Italian, I know! Trader Joe’s No Boil Lasagna Noodles has a nice recipe and very easy too. A quick run around their store and one has everything needed. Theirs has no ricotta but uses alfredo sauce instead, a kind of béchamel, so very Mario Batali. It is a nice lasagna in a pinch and stands up nicely when cut. I made it this time with no meat and used cheese in its place. When I do make that perfect Josie lasagna I will share the recipe, so until then Trader Joe’s and even Barilla’s recipes will have to do.
Lasagna- It’ll Do
By Robin Sue