Lasagna for Two

Dinner, Pasta | February 12, 2015 | By

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Tom and I never go out on Valentine’s Day.  Everything is so crowded so I make something special at home.  Last year we had steak but this year I wanted something else.  My son and his wife are in Italy right now for their wedding anniversary as well as Valentine’s day…seriously, how romantic is that?!  They have sent me some amazing photos of landscapes, architecture and food and I got very inspired to make something Italian!  Here’s a gorgeous shot they took in Como. 

Como, Italy

I might not be able to eat in Italy this Valentine’s Day, maybe next year, 🙂 but we will eat like we are!  If you haven’t read our love story head over here to check it out.  I bet it’s not like most you’ve read!  Now onto the lasagna!

This is super easy to put together and even though I don’t usually use no-boil lasagna noodles, I did in this dish and it really turned out great!  Just go through the list of ingredients and get everything prepared ahead and the recipe will come together much easier.  I used my food processor to chop the vegetables and shred the cheese.  

mise en place

mise en place

Next, you’ll heat the oil until it shimmers and saute the onion for 5 minutes before adding the garlic, cook for another minute or until the garlic is fragrant.  Toss in the ground meat and brown it until no longer pink.  Stir in the cream and keep cooking until the liquid is evaporated.  Stir in the tomatoes, reserved juice and tomato sauce and simmer for a couple of minutes.  Taste it and add salt and pepper, I added an 1/8 tsp of each.  In a separate bowl combine the ricotta, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, egg, basil and 1/8 tsp of both salt and pepper.  

PREP

Spread 1/2 cup sauce over bottom of loaf pan that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.  Lay 1 noodle in pan, spread one-third of ricotta mixture over noodle, sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella, and top with 1/2 cup sauce; repeat layering 2 more times. Lay remaining noodle in pan and top with remaining sauce, remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella, and remaining 2 ­tablespoons Parmesan.  I had quite a bit of sauce left-over at the end to pour on top and you might too.  Don’t be worried, just pour it all on and it will be perfect!  I also wanted a bit more mozzarella on top so I sprinkled a little more on top, I like it ooey and gooey!  

Wrap it all up in aluminum foil and bake it at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake it for 10 more minutes or until the cheese starts to get brown in spots.  Let it stand for 20 minutes before diving in.  That’s the hard part but you can do it!  đź™‚  Set the table, light the candles, pretend you are in Italy! Buon Appetito!  

Lasagna for Two

Lasagna for Two
Serves 2
An easy, classic lasagna recipe perfect for two!
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Cook Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Sauce
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 small onion, chopped fine
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 8 ounces meatloaf mix
  6. 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  7. 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained with 1/4 cup juice reserved
  8. 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
Filling
  1. 1/2 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  2. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated, plus 2 tablespoons, grated
  3. 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  4. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  5. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  7. 4 no-boil lasagna noodles
  8. 4 ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, shredded (1 cup)
Sauce
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and 1/8 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in meatloaf mix and cook, breaking up meat, until no longer pink.
  3. Stir in cream, bring to a simmer and cook until liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and reserved juice and tomato sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook about 2 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper if desired.
Filling
  1. Combine ricotta, 1/2 cup Parmesan, basil, egg, salt, and pepper in bowl.
Assembly
  1. Spread 1/2 cup sauce over bottom of loaf pan. Lay 1 noodle in pan, spread one-third of ricotta mixture over noodle, sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella, and top with 1/2 cup sauce; repeat layering 2 more times. Lay remaining noodle in pan and top with remaining sauce, remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella, and remaining 2 ­tablespoons Parmesan.
Bake
  1. Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil that has been sprayed with vegetable oil spray. Bake until sauce bubbles lightly around edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until hot throughout and cheese is browned in spots, about 10 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with chopped basil if desired.
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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Pasta with Cauliflower, Bacon, and Bread Crumbs for Two

Dinner, Pasta | January 31, 2015 | By

Pasta with Caulifower, Bacon and Breadcrumbs for Two

It’s 19 degrees outside right now with snow covering everything, but inside it’s toasty warm and smells like bacon and herbs.  Smelling fresh herbs in the winter makes me happy!  Smelling bacon ALWAYS makes me happy!  🙂

Pasta with Caulifower, Bacon and Breadcrumbs for Two

Easy weeknight meals also makes me happy but I also don’t want to sacrifice flavor for ease.  This recipe delivers on both.  Pasta, nutty cauliflower, meaty bacon and crispy bread crumbs are a wonderful combination and the flavors are so well balanced.  The lemon juice at the end really helps to brighten it all up.  Browning cauliflower in a skillet develops its flavors and cooks off some of the water to keep it from becoming mushy. 

Bacon, Breadcrumbs, Cauliflower

Cooking the pasta in a small amount of water skips the draining step and makes a creamy sauce as the pasta cooks. Topping the pasta with bacon-flavored bread crumbs adds texture and another layer of flavor.

Pasta with Caulifower, Bacon and Breadcrumbs for Two

Pasta with Cauliflower, Bacon and Breadcrumbs for Two
Serves 2
Pasta, nutty cauliflower, meaty bacon and crispy bread crumbs come together in this recipe for an easy week-night meal.
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Cook Time
35 min
Cook Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 slices bacon cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  2. 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  3. 2 tsp vegetable oil
  4. 1/2 head cauliflower, cored and cut into 1-inch florets
  5. 1 onion chopped fine
  6. 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  7. 1/2 pound ziti rigati (or any ridged pasta)
  8. 2 3/4 cup chicken broth
  9. 1/4 cup dry white wine
  10. 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  11. 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add panko and 1/4 tsp pepper and stir until browned and well coated, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and wipe out skillet.
  3. Add 2 tsp. oil into empty skillet and heat until shimmering, add the cauliflower and 1/2 tsp salt and cook until browned in spots and crisp-tender, 7-10 minutes. Remove pan from heat and cover and keep warm.
  4. Heat 1 tsp of oil in large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion, thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring frequently, until onion has softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Increase heat to high, add pasta, broth, and wine, and bring to simmer. Cook pasta, stirring often, until most of liquid is absorbed and pasta is al dente, about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from heat; stir in parsley, lemon juice, and cauliflower. Taste to see if additional salt and pepper is needed and serve, passing the bacon-breadcrumb mixture.
Notes
  1. If the pasta seems dry add 2 tbsp of hot water.
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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Pasta with Bacon, Butternut Squash and Sage for Two

Dinner, Pasta | December 6, 2014 | By

Butternut squash and sage are two ingredients that say winter to me and I love them both, but together they are a marriage made in heaven! Add bacon and you’ve got a happy little family of yummy flavors!

Cooking the sage in the rendered bacon fat makes the perfect herb infused oil for sauteing the squash. 

Sage

There are a few tricks to coaxing the most flavor out of butternut squash and one is caramelizing it. It helps to dry out some of the wateriness of the squash and brings out some of its inherent sweetness, adding butter and sugar help to bring out the sweet nutty notes of the squash even more.
The scallions add some brightness to the dish and the nutmeg adds just the right spice or earthiness to the dish. Adding parmesan and a little lemon juice at the end along with toasted almonds for some textural crunch really brings the whole dish together!

Pasta with Bacon, Butternut Squash and Sage Pasta for Two

Pasta with Bacon, Butternut Squash and Sage for Two
Serves 2
A perfect winter-time meal that is comforting and so full of flavor!
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 slices bacon, halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces
  2. 4 large fresh sage leaves, plus 1 tablespoon minced
  3. 1/2 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  4. 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  5. 3 scallions, sliced thin (about 1/2 cup)
  6. 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  7. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  8. Table salt and ground black pepper
  9. 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  10. 1/2 pound penne or other short, tubular pasta
  11. 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  12. 2 teaspoons juice from 1 lemon
  13. 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in 12-inch skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove bacon and reserve.
  2. Cook whole sage leaves in rendered fat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove sage leaves and reserve.
  3. Return infused bacon fat in skillet and turn to high heat adding olive oil to make one TBSP of oil if needed and heat until shimmering.
  4. Add squash in even layer and cook, without stirring, until beginning to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally until spotty brown, 3-4 minutes longer.
  5. Add butter and allow to melt, about 30 seconds. Add scallions, nutmeg, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, and minced sage; cook, stirring occasionally, until scallions are softened, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add broth and bring to simmer; continue to cook 1-3 mintues or until squash is tender,
  7. Meanwhile, bring 2 quarts water to boil in large Dutch oven over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta. Cook until just al dente, then drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water, and transfer back to Dutch oven.
  8. Add squash mixture to pasta; stir in 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and reserved bacon-sage mixture, adjusting consistency with reserved pasta liquid. Serve with the sliced almonds and more parmesan cheese.
Notes
  1. I double this recipe for company!
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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‘B-L-T’ Pasta for Two

Dinner, Pasta | October 20, 2014 | By

 

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I love pasta dishes!  They are so quick to put together and so comforting to eat!  This one is reminiscent of a BLT in that it has bacon, spinach and tomato and also a few garlic toasted bread crumbs on top to mimic the bread.  I think this tastes a lot better though!

blt pasta top down

Caramelized tomatoes give the sauce deep flavor, and the leeks add sweetness.  The garlic crumbs on top are optional, but they add fabulous texture to the dish.   If you’re not familiar with leeks be sure to slice only the white parts and throw away the green as it is too tough to eat, also be sure to swish the sliced leeks around in a large bowl full of cold water to clean them, they can sometimes be gritty.  Lift the leeks out of the water with a slotted spoon.  If you pour the leeks into a strainer you’re just dumping the grit back on them.  I just love leeks!  They are more mellow than green onions and give such a lovely flavor to the sauce.   Serve this with Orange and Red Onion Salad and some of the Italian bread you used to make crumbs.   I hope you love it as much as we do! 

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'B-L-T' Pasta for Two
Serves 2
Bacon, Spinach and Tomato Bucatini with garlic bread crumbs.
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Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
FOR THE GARLIC BREAD CRUMBS
  1. 1 clove garlic
  2. 1 cup italian bread cubes
  3. 1 tsp. olive oil
  4. salt to taste
FOR THE PASTA
  1. 2 strips bacon diced
  2. 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  3. 1/2 tsp. sugar
  4. 1/2 cup thinly sliced leeks
  5. 1/4 cup dry white wine
  6. 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  7. 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
  8. 1/3 tsp. red pepper flakes
  9. 4 oz. dry bucatini or spaghetti
  10. 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, packed
  11. 1/4 tsp. minced fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta.
  2. Mince garlic for the bread crumbs in a food processor. Add cubed bread and process until coarse.
  3. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium; add crumbs and toast until golden, 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Season with salt and set aside.
  4. Cook bacon for the pasta in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. drippings.
  5. Caramelize tomatoes and sugar in drippings over medium heat. Cook until tomatoes begin to brown; about 5 minutes. Add leeks and saute until wilted, 3-4 minutes.
  6. Deglaze skillet with wine; simmer until liquid is nearly evaporated. Add broth, vinegar, and pepper flakes. Simmer until liquid is reduced by a third or about 5 minutes.
  7. Cook spaghetti in boiling water according the package directions.
  8. Add spinach, thyme, and cooked bacon to the tomato mixture. Transfer cooked pasta from cooking water to the skillet using tongs.
  9. Toss to coat; season with salt if desired. Divide pasta among plates and sprinkle with bread crumbs.
Adapted from Cuisine At Home
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