Boyfriend requested Vegetable Lasagna for dinner last night, to which I replied, “Sure, why not?” I had never made lasagna, so I had NO IDEA that it would take FOR-FREAKING-EVER between boiling the noodles, prepping the veggies and assembling the entire thing, AND I was doing dishes for what felt like a lifetime. The entire time, I kept telling him, “YOU BETTER LIKE THIS LASAGNA, OR ELSE I’M NEVER MAKING DINNER FOR YOU AGAIN.” But it was worth all of the work because it was ahhhhhh-mazing. Boyfriend thought so too. I gave myself a well-deserved pat on the back.
I didn’t really keep track of any measurements when I made this. (Oops?) But I used an entire box of Ronzoni Healthy Harvest lasagna noodles, a 16 ounce block of whole milk mozzarella (cheaper than shredded), an entire batch of my homemade marinara (recipe posted below), maybe 4-5 ounces of reduced fat Ricotta, 2-3 cups fresh chopped broccoli, 2-3 cups kale, a small thing of sliced mushrooms, half of red bell pepper and half of a green bell pepper chopped into smaller pieces. And then I just did the whole layering business. Sauce on the bottom, noodles, veggies, sauce, cheese, noodles, veggies, sauce, cheese. Or something like that. I winged it. And it was good.
I’m not a fan of store-bought marinara, so I always make my own:
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/4-1/2 cup EVOO
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2-1 tsp Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
Saute garlic and Italian seasoning in olive oil in a stock pot on low for 3-4 minutes. Add tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for at least an hour. The more it simmers, the better it will taste! Stir occasionally and add salt and pepper to taste. (Tip: if your pot isn’t very deep, invest in a splatter screen OR if you’re cheap like me and don’t want to buy one, poke lots of holes in a piece of aluminum foil and place over the pot. BOOM. Makeshift splatter screen.)
Now it’s time for some football! Between the 49ers and Falcons, I really don’t care who wins. I’ll root for either one in the Superbowl. I’m just crossing my fingers that the Ravens beat the Patriots. As a Giants fan, I would not be happy seeing the Patriots in the Superbowl.