Being such a hearty, cheesy and warm dish, no wonder Lasagna is among the most popular pasta dishes in the world!
However, mastering Lasagna can be a challenge for most, but it doesn’t have to be, with the tips and tricks we gathered for you in this article!
Choosing the Lasagna sheets:
This is the basic and most important step in preparing a wonderful Lasagna. There are two types of Lasagna sheets, one type can be baked without boiling, and the other requires boiling ahead.
If you choose to use Perfetto’s Lasagna sheets without boiling them, make sure to add ½ a cup of water to the sauce recipe, enabling the pasta to cook through! Another tip you can use is to cover the Lasagna dish with aluminum foil for the first 30 minutes of its cooking time, which will allow the steam to cook the pasta all the way through!
If you prefer to boil Perfetto’s Lasagna sheets prior to baking, don’t make any alterations to the sauce recipe, and you will get a perfect Lasagna dish every time.
When it comes to Lasagna fillings, the options are endless. The most classic filling is a red sauce filling with ground beef and spices. You can add your vegetables of choice, such as zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus or corn, to get a dish even richer in nutrients and flavour.
If you would like to try something different, try making the famous Ricotta cheese and spinach filling! It uses three simple ingredients: Ricotta cheese, spinach and an egg. Combine the three ingredients together and use it as a filling! If you decide to go for this delicious filling, make sure you top your Ricotta and Spinach Lasagna with a tomato sauce such as a marinara sauce, to add a beautiful colour and delicious flavour to your dish.
A simple alteration can go a long way with sauces and will make a world of difference. If you decide to use the Lasagna sheets without boiling them, make sure you increase the liquids in the sauce, by adding half a cup of water or your liquid of choice, to help the pasta cook more evenly in the oven.
If you prefer boiling your Lasagna sheets, don’t add extra liquids to the sauce, to avoid a soggy pasta dish.
Nothing beats a delicious and creamy Béchamel sauce, which adds a rich and delicious flavour to Lasagna, but achieving the perfect Béchamel sauce can take some practice!
We will save you the trouble of whipping up a few batches with these easy steps that will ensure you get the perfect Béchamel sauce.
The first step is keeping all the ingredients handy. With a sauce as delicate as the Béchamel, working fast is necessary to avoid clumps. Make sure you have the milk, flour and butter next to your stove for easy access. The perfect flour to milk ratio is 2 tablespoons of flour for every cup of milk.
Once you add the flour to the butter, allow the flour to cook down for at least one minute, or until it turns golden brown. This will allow the flour to lose the starchy flavour, which makes for a delicious result that is not gluey in texture.
The next step is adding the milk, which must be warm or at room temperature. Adding cold milk to a hot pot will surely cause for the sauce to clump and will cause unnecessary mess!
If the sauce’s consistency is not perfect, don’t worry, fixing it is very easy! Gradually add milk to a thick sauce and mix until the consistency is just right! If the sauce is too thin, you can cook it down to evaporate the extra liquid, or mix a little bit of flour with butter in a separate pan and add it to the sauce!
A secret tip that will surely elevate any white sauce you make, and especially Béchamel sauce, is adding a pinch of nutmeg to it! It adds a deep and earthy flavour which compliments white sauces perfectly!
Top your Lasagna with your favourite melty cheese, such as Mozzarella cheese, and enjoy a hearty and warm Lasagna dish!