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World Famous Lasagna (WFL)

OK. OK. WFL (World Famous Lasagna) is of course not really world famous, not unless world famous means that lasagna is one of those dishes that everyone in the world eats because of it's mere versatility and endless permutations...well then it is truly world famous. It knows no nationality...and every culture puts their spin on it..it's what brings us together.

It's also one of those dishes you don't really need a recipe for, instead you need a few elementary layering techniques and some basic ingredients. You can spend your entire day creating your masterpiece or put it all together in 30.


  • Sauce:

    2 large containers of small heirloom tomatoes (32oz) or 10-12 large heirloom tomatoes
    4 large sweet yellow onions
    1/2 cup good red wine
    organic kosher salt
    ground black pepper
    red pepper flakes
    handfull of fresh herbs (we used tarragon and dill)
    1/4 cup raw organic sugar cane

    Ricotta Mixture:

    4 cups whole raw milk
    2 cups organice heavy cream
    1 teasppon organic kosher slat
    3 tablespoons good white wine vinegar
    2 16oz packages of frozed spinach drained
    organic kosher salt
    ground black pepper
    1/2 tsp of nutmeg
    1 cup freshly grated parmesan
    1 large egg

    Turkey Mixture:

    2 pounds ground turkey
    organic kosher salt
    ground black pepper
    4 cloves garlic minced
    2 tablespoons ghee or rice bran oil
    1/2 cayenne pepper

    All The Rest:

    1 pack no-boil noodles ( we used Tinkyada Gluten Free Pasta)
    3 cups chopped curly-leaf parsley
    16oz fresh mozzerela ball/log
  • For The Sauce:

    1

    In a large pan place your heirloom tomatoes whole in with your chopped onion, dill, tarragon (if you happen to not like dill or tarragon go ahead and use any herbs you like or have on hand, remember changing things up makes it your own), salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook uncovered stirring occasionally to work ingredients together for 30 minutes or until all ingredients begin to break down. Lower the heat and cover for another 30 minutes. Pour in 1 cup of good red wine (we used an organic cab) and cook uncovered for another 15 minutes. Let cool and ladle into a food process until smooth (you may have to do this in a few batches)


    For the Ricotta:

    1

    Set a large sieve over a deep bowl. Dampen 2 layers of cheesecloth with water and line the sieve with the cheesecloth.


    2

    Pour the milk and cream into a stainless-steel or enameled pot such as Le Creuset. Stir in the salt. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and stir in the vinegar. Allow the mixture to stand for 1 minute until it curdles. It will separate into thick parts (the curds) and milky parts (the whey).


    3

    Pour the mixture into the cheesecloth-lined sieve and allow it to drain into the bowl at room temperature for 20 to 25 minutes, occasionally discarding the liquid that collects in the bowl. The longer you let the mixture drain, the thicker the ricotta. (I tend to like mine on the thicker side, but some prefer it moister.) Transfer the ricotta to a bowl, discarding the cheesecloth and any remaining whey. Use immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. The ricotta will keep refrigerated for 4 to 5 days.


    Ricotta Mixture:

    1

    Blend the ricotta with one egg. Then add parmesan, salt and pepper, and then nutmeg. Finally add the well-drained spinach to the mixture and blend well.


    Turkey Meat Mixture:

    1

    Brown our ground turkey, salt, pepper,cayenne pepper and garlic in a large skillet using ghee or rice bran oil ( you can use any high tempature oil, but we like these two choices the best). After your turkey is brown but half way cooked turn the stove off and ladled about a cup of our home made sauce in just to coat. Set aside.


    Assembly:

    1

    To assemble the lasagna, start by adding a little bit of sauce to the bottom of your casserole dish (roughly 14 x 11 inches). This will prevent the pasta from burning and keep the bottom layer moist.


    2

    Place your first layer of noodle down and ladle a generous amount of sauce on top of your noodles. Spread an even layer on each noodle covering corner to corner then spoon an your turkey mixture (think about getting meat in every bite).


    3

    Next grab your ricotta and spinach mixture. Spoon generous portions over the meat layer. Don't worry about making it look pretty.


    4

    Place your fresh mozzarella evenly on top of your ricotta and spinach . Layer one down!


    5

    Repeat the layering process — noodles, sauce, turkey, ricotta-spinach mixture then mozzarella — until your dish is filled to the brim. Budget out your ingredients so that they last until the end. It doesn't have to look perfect, by the time it's out of the oven all your ingredients will meld together and be amazing...world famous actually.


    6

    Ready to hit the oven. 350 degrees for 1 hour. Use a fork to make sure your noodles are cooked through. When done, take it out of the oven and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes before serving up.


Cook: Allana Johnson

Recipe: World Famous Lasagna

Date: June 07, 2014

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World Famous Lasagna

Our WFL consists of a homemade tomato and onion sauce, ground turkey, a homemade ricotta, parmesan and spinach mixture along with fresh mozzarella and Italian parsley. The amount you make all depends on how big your pan is! But know this...you can never make too much lasagna because once you think you've tasted the best ever lasagna for dinner you'll wake up the next morning with left over lasagna, which is quite frankly epic! You might even consider making your lasagna the day before.



World Famous Lasagna

First things first. If your going to make your own sauce start here. In a large pan place your heirloom tomatoes whole in with your chopped onion, dill, tarragon (if you happen to not like dill or tarragon go ahead and use any herbs you like or have on hand, remember changing things up makes it your own), salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook uncovered stirring occasionally to work ingredients together for 30 minutes or until all ingredients begin to break down. Lower the heat and cover for another 30 minutes. Pour in 1 cup of good red wine (we used an organic cab) and cook uncovered for another 15 minutes. Let cool and ladle into a food process until smooth (you may have to do this in a few batches)



World Famous Lasagna

Organization is key to create this layered masterpiece. We prep all of our ingredients then lay everything out on the table before we begin the assembly process. A large rectangular baking dishes will work best, for obvious reasons.

We are using no boil gluten free noodles in this recipe. No boil noodles are great, they save on time and cook perfectly el dente. We mix fresh ricotta, salt, pepper, spinach and parmesan together with one egg. Brown our ground turkey and ladled about a cup of our home made sauce in just to coat. Lastly we chop parsley and slice our fresh mozzarella. Ready to assemble.



World Famous Lasagna

Begin the layering process by spreading a generous amount of sauce along the bottom of your dish. This not only helps the no boil noodles cook but also creates caramelization at the bottom.



World Famous Lasagna

Place your first layer of noodle down and ladle a generous amount of sauce on top of your noodles. Spread an even layer on each noodle covering corner to corner then spoon an your turkey mixture (think about getting meat in every bite).



World Famous Lasagna

World Famous Lasagna

Next grab your ricotta and spinach mixture. Spoon generous portions over the meat layer. Don't worry about making it look pretty.



World Famous Lasagna

World Famous Lasagna

Place your fresh mozzarella evenly on top of your ricotta and spinach . Layer one down!



World Famous Lasagna

Repeat the layering process — noodles, sauce, turkey, ricotta-spinach mixture then mozzarella — until your dish is filled to the brim. Budget out your ingredients so that they last until the end. It doesn't have to look perfect, by the time it's out of the oven all your ingredients will meld together and be amazing...world famous actually.



World Famous Lasagna

Ready to hit the oven. 350 degrees for 1 hour. Use a fork to make sure your noodles are cooked through. When done, take it out of the oven and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes before serving up.



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  • World Famous Lasagna
  • World Famous Lasagna

Pull up a chair. Eat this dish with friends, family, loved ones, neighbors, heck even strangers...life is so endlessly delicious!

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