IN EARLY DECEMBER.
AS I WAS PUTTING IT TOGETHER I THOUGHT YOU MAY ENJOY THIS AS WELL……..
I ALWAYS USE THE BARILLA PASTA AND NOT THE NO BOIL NOODLES!
Something just does not seem right about that!
That means they have put other THINGS in it to stay “FRESH”?
I shall LOOK next time I go to the store out of curiosity!
I HAVE LEARNED GLUTEN FREE ITEMS ARE NOT AS GOOD FOR YOU AS WE ALL THOUGHT!
SO here are MY LASAGNA NOODLES waiting for their turn to go into the pan.
I use wax paper so they do not stick also I run cold water on them as soon as I dump the pot of noodles into a strainer.
I immediately separate them by hand!
CAREFUL they are still HOT even with the cold water……
NOT PERFECTION BUT THEY WILL DO!
TO START YOU WILL NEED: MOZZARELLA CHEESE
SMOKED SALMON which comes in a packet and is sliced very thin.
Plus PARMESAN CHEESE.
PREPARE BECHAMEL SAUCE according to my NOTES!
PUT A BIT OF THE BECHAMEL SAUCE ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PAN FIRST.
THEN APPLY YOUR NOODLES.
“Béchamel, a mixture of milk, flour and butter, is a perfect lower-calorie stand-in for any recipe calling for heavy cream or excess cheese. The point of the béchamel is to provide rich, smooth texture and stretch the impact of the cheese without burdening the pasta with unnecessary calories and fat.”
COOK your noodles and as your doing this make the BECHAMEL SAUCE.
ADD BECHAMEL SAUCE AND SMOKED SALMON BITS TORN BY HAND AND GRATE SOME PARMESAN CHEESE.
BUT DO NOT GO HEAVY HANDED WITH THE PARMESAN.
ALITTLE BIT GOES ALONG WAY!
KEEP GOING UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED THE NOODLES………….
I HAVE FOUND IT NEEDS TO BE IN THE OVEN A BIT LONGER AT 300 Celsius,
maybe she meant 350 F.
I will NEVER KNOW as I forget who gave this recipe to me when we lived in FLORENCE, ITALY!
IF YOU ARE OUT THERE PLEASE TELL ME!
This will feed 8 to 10 people as a STARTING COURSE!
NOT FOR DINNER ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE BOYS OR MEN!
THIS WOULD WORK FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PEOPLE!
Plus a side dish and a salad!
DON’T FORGET THAT!
NEVER EVER SERVE BREAD WITH PASTA!
THAT IS A BIG NO, NO IN ITALY!
BECAUSE THAT WAY YOU FILL UP ON BREAD AND NOT THE FOOD THAT HAS BEEN MADE!
BREAD IS USED AS A FILLER……….if you do not have enough FOOD!
THIS I LEARNED FROM MY ITALIAN HUSBAND.
I DIDNOT READ IT SOMEWHERE……..
YOU EVEN HAVE THE RECIPE TO MAKE THE PASTA!
I HAVE NEVER DONE THAT AS MY HUSBAND WILL SAY BECAUSE I’M LAZY!
NO, I JUST HAVE A LOT MORE TO DEAL WITH IN A DAY THAN TO MAKE IT!
HE CAN CONQUER THAT ON HIS OWN AS IT WOULD RELAX HIM!
AND MORE TO THINK ABOUT and CLEAN UP……………maybe ONE DAY I will get there!
IAM NOT PERFECT!
BECHAMEL SAUCE as it says above melt butter first.
A TOTAL of 150 grams.
The GRAMS will be there too on the paper if you live in the USA!
ADD FLOUR BY TABLESPOONS.
STIRRING THE ENTIRE TIME!
When it turns a HONEY color start adding the MILK.
As you can see I got my formula down with 24 ounces of milk which translates to 3 cups!
BECHAMEL you have to make a few times before getting it SPOT ON!
If it tastes like FLOUR you have FAILED!
If it is too liquid YOU HAVE FAILED!
IT should start to THICKEN AS YOU ADD THE MILK AND KEEP STIRRING………YOU SHOULDNOT WALK AWAY FROM IT!
ALTHOUGH, I HAVE FOR A MINUTE AND ITS BEEN FINE BUT KEEP STIRRING AND KEEP THE HEAT SO IT IS NOT BOILING AND NOT TOO LOW!
YOU MAY HAVE TO ADJUST AS YOU GO.
AS I SAY IT TAKES A FEW ATTEMPTS BUT WORTH IT IN THE LONG RUN!
MAYBE A FEW OF THOSE ITALIANS WHO ARE HERE READING CAN ADD THEIR SUCCESS STORIES!
LINDA & DIANA YOU ARE PUT ON THE SPOT HERE and ALL OTHERS ARE SO WELCOME!
MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD OF THIS POST AS SHE WAS A GREAT BELIEVER IN TRAVEL AND COOKING!SHE RAISED TWO SONS ON HER OWN BY BEING A FOOD & WINE COLUMNIST FOR THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA when she lived in San Francisco third generation I might add.Close to where I live today!
She gave me for my BIRTHDAY and CHRISTMAS cookbooks when I was in elementary school that were created I think by TIME MAGAZINE!You can imagine THE JOY on my face when I received those!!!HA HA……..but I do remember looking at THE PHOTOS AS THERE WERE LOADS OF BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS in each book.
I FOUND THEM ON EBAY!I WAS RIGHT!TIME MAGAZINE!
She must have been stirring the pot hoping for me to catch a glimpse of the world through these Cookbooks that were by COUNTRY.Well, it worked and low and behold I lived in ITALY for three years, two months and seven days……….
I travelled around the WORLD at the age of 20 with SEMESTER AT SEA.Saw countries I would have NEVER PLANNED A VACATION TOO!This was another GIFT by a FAMILY MEMBER.I made LIFE LONG FRIENDS ON THAT THREE MONTH STUDY TRIP and really learned that WE HERE IN AMERICA have it SO MUCH BETTER THAN A LOT OF THE REST OF THE WORLD.If you have a college age child this is something I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.Of course, when I was on it it was an OLD NAVY SHIP I hear now its a CRUISE SHIP with BEAUTY PARLOR AND BARBER SHOP!
SEMESTER AT SEA GIRLS FROM Southern California!
I WAS 20 years old.
SLOW DOWN AND APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE.ENJOY WHAT YOU HAVE PURCHASED OR BEEN GIFTED OVER THE YEARS.USE THE GOOD STUFF EVERY SINGLE DAY!I donot see us DRESSING UP or going to FESTIVE THEMED PARTIES in the NEAR FUTURE……….MAKE YOUR OWN PARTY IN YOUR OWN ABODE AND BE HAPPY!
SURROUND YOURSELF with the OLD and the NEW and the UGLY!
I will be working on a POST on HOW TO FIND JOY!
DO YOU STILL HAVE IT OR HAS IT SLIPPED AWAY………..?
I will SHARE how I have created BURSTS OF JOY ALL AROUND ME!
HOPE YOU WILL STAY SUBSCRIBED AND IF YOU NEED TO DO THAT THE BOX TO DO SO IS RIGHT BELOW HERE!
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LET ME KNOW IF YOU MAKE THE SALMON LASAGNA!
I WISH YOU ALL THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE……….HEALTH BEING NUMBER ONE!