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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Bolognese Redux: Part II

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Bolognese Redux: Part II

Several days ago, I told you about my exploits with bolognese sauce, which is like my favorite sauce ever.  I would highly, highly recommend this sauce to anyone because it happens to be just about the richest, most flavorful sauce I've ever encountered.

As we were eating pasta with sauce last weekend, Rob looked at me with a mouth full of food and a shirt full of sauce stains and said, "This sauce would make great lasagna".

Okay, maybe his mouth wasn't full.  Maybe I made that part up.  But he did say that, and I did agree with him wholeheartedly.

On Tuesday, my wonderful wonderful husband made that lasagna.  That lovely, cheesy, delicious, happy groan-inducing lasagna.  And he happened to take wonderful pictures of his work, just for this blog! Isn't he a sweetheart?

Two things you need to know about this picture:

1) To get an idea of scale, that is the bowl I serve pasta in.

2) He texted me this picture while I was at work.  So, so cruel.

It's ricotta cheese and a 5 Italian cheese blend mixed together, in case you wanted to know!

Meanwhile, my bolognese was being heated up on the stove a bit.

Just look at that.  Look at that and wish you were eating it.

He even laid out the cooked noodles and separated them with waxed paper - isn't he clever?

And the layering begins, friends.  Sauce then noodles...

...then sauce and cheese.  Lots and lots of cheese.  Oh my goodness gracious.

It's probably a good thing I wasn't around when this was going down.

Finally, layer after layer was laid down and the finished product was topped with tomato sauce, ricotta and the 5 cheese blend.

Check.  That.  Out.

And let me repeat: Good thing I wasn't home at the time.  Good thing.

This went into a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.  He stuck toothpicks in it before covering it in foil to make sure the foil rested on top of the toothpicks and didn't get all stuck to the cheese.  He's brilliant! He then took the foil and toothpicks off and let it sit uncovered in the oven for another 10 minutes.


You can tell who did the first set of shots versus the one above.  I wanted to show you the delicious layers but my hands were probably shaking with some sort of emotional strain brought on by intense cheese and pasta delight.

So there you go.  The man can make some lasagna happen, let me tell you.

He's also pretty darn good on the grill, but that's a whole other story.

So tell me: Do YOU like lasagna?

Before I let you go: Have you entered my first-ever giveaway? It's for a $60 gift card to CSN Stores and it ends on Friday - so hop to it!



Blogger Cass @ That Old House said...

Do I like lasagna? Do I LIKE lasagna? Is there anyone who does NOT like lasagna?

It was my go-to meal for cooking for new boyfriends when I was young, and it's still a standby for me. LOVE IT. Your husband made one gorgeous looking pan of lasagna. Wow. Now HE'S a keeper!

May 2, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Do I Like Lazagna?!!!!!!????? Almost always!!!!! Do I now, due to drooling all over this key board while reading and looking at the pictures in this posting, WANT some Lazagna??? Oh my gosh do I!!!!!!!

Ya know Jen, the picture of the cheese's rolled in a ball, also made me tempted to pull out some crackers ....

I have a husband, and four sons whom are now in their twenties, and I totally believe the smear covered shirt part, and even 'with a mouth full' part ;-p

May 2, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Blogger Steph said...

Who does not love Lasagna????? Oh my mouth is watering. Tell the hubby he did a great job!

May 3, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Anonymous Melissa said...

I love lasagna!!!! And I make a pretty banging one if I do say so myself! Have you ever tried the non cook noodles that you put in the dish raw? I have not, I doubt they come in whole wheat or multigrain just yet.

What kind of pasta do you like? I use Multigrain Barilla. If you haven't tried it, you should. It tastes like regular pasta, but with the benefit of a bunch of fiber and other good stuff.

May 3, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Blogger Tara and Matthew said...

I love lasagna and my husband loves it even more! That is what we make at our house when we have guests over for the first time...then they never want to leave ;)

Bringing you a SITS hello and praying for a vacation for you! Happy Rainy Monday!

May 3, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

*DROOL* Like Melissa, I too was wondering about the no-cook noodles. I am so impatient I was also wondering about a Crock Pot lasagna recipe. Ok, how about you make it, freeze it and send it on over my way! Haha, sounds like a new giveaway is in order!

May 3, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

I have never used the no-cook noodles before. I feel like...I don't it wouldn't be the same. Somehow.

Love love LOOOOOOVE multi-grain Barilla!

I would be more than happy to pimp out my husband's lasagna abilities to y'all. I'll check with him and let you know. ;-)

May 3, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Blogger julie said...

Oh Jen, that looks sooooo good! I wish my husband was that skilled in the kitchen. Yay hubby!

May 4, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Blogger Andrea said... of the ULTIMATE comfort foods! Yours looks delish!

May 4, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Blogger Holly said...

I love lasagna...used to hate it...then loved it and now we NEVER eat it because hubby likes it too much and he cannot eat it. I am going to ask my mom to make it when we go visit (hubby isn't coming) and hers rocks!

May 5, 2010 at 1:45 AM


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