There are two ways you can make this dish: The easy way or the fun way.
Of course to me, “fun” sometimes means taking a couple hours to make it from start to finish.
But - in defense of my insanity – I received a pasta roller for my birthday last week.
A gorgeous, red pasta roller.
Oh, and for Christmas Jedd surprised me with a homemade pasta drying rack.
A wonderful handmade pasta drying rack.
I promptly burst into tears when I unwrapped it.
(Again, in my weird defense it has been a rough holiday season. My grandmother has been really ill, and it was difficult to feel the “holiday spirit.” It was a very un-Christmas-like Christmas. So, seeing the love and work that Jedd put into that pasta rack made me cry the happy tears.)
At any rate, I was feeling like I needed a project on a cold and windy Monday. So I decided to make lasagna completely from scratch.
And this was definitely a “project.” However, it was soothing – and at times pretty funny – because we have a small space. At one point between the sauce, the hanging noodles, the large pot of boiling water and trying to balance the lasagna pan on the toaster and microwave, I definitely got the giggles.
If you decide to use pasta from a box, it will be much easier.
However, I loved the herby homemade lasagna noodles and Jedd raved about the silky texture of both the noodles and the sauce. Also, for someone who loves to cook, one of the best smells in the world is a cheese sauce bubbling away on the stove top.
The one thing that is actually easy as pie, though, is the oregano puree. It comes together in seconds, and I want to eat in on everything.
Playing with new toys? Check. A hearty meal? Check.
It was a lovely way to spend a cold afternoon.