Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Comfort Food: Lasagna

Comfort foods. They just make you feel better. Everyone has comfort food(s) and while many can agree on comforting foods, each person has a unique comfort food(s). One friend swears that a bowl of those tiny pastina stars with a bit of butter melted on top is the best comfort food. Another swears by cereal. For me, it's food like lasagna or macaroni & cheese or pizza. Those also are some of my favorite foods, but other favorite foods like lamb or veal medallions or turkey devonshire aren't really comfort foods to me.

In the spirit of comforting me, we decided to make lasagna this past weekend.

Lasagna. Layers of homemade tomato sauce, pasta noodles, and cheese. Specifically, my mom's tomato sauce with ground meat and green pepper, celery, and onion and a dash of Worcestershire sauce layered with lasagna noodles and a mixture of ricotta and mozzarella, the entire pan topped with a layer of shredded parmesan. That was my favorite meal growing up. There is no lasagna that has ever or will ever come close to being as yummy as my mom's lasagna. I'll completely over indulge in her lasagna, scarfing down 2-3 huge squares of it in one sitting.

But I live with SP, and he doesn't eat beef, and he has this thing about his mom's tomato sauce. It's like a mini-grade school-war of "My mom's sauce is better than your mom's" with us. The fact is, both sauces are yummy, and when it comes to picking a favorite, I daresay anyone would go with their mom's (as long as mom makes a good sauce!) and not someone else's mom's sauce. Sunday's 'truce' was to make SP's mom's sauce and add in spinach and sauteed mushrooms for a spinach-mushroom lasagna. SP started the sauce when he got up in the morning and he simmered it all afternoon in the crock pot. I'm not sure what's in the sauce - we couldn't locate the index card with the recipe, so he did it from memory. He didn't add the spinach and mushrooms to the tomato sauce until late afternoon. I was snoozing in the living room when he put the pan of lasagna together. I woke up about 20 minutes before it came out of the oven, the house smelling of that lovely, comforting, heavenly scent of pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese.Despite it's slightly mangled look, it was a very tasty lasagna. Naturally, I will never think a lasagna is as good as my mom's, and we will never make my mom's lasagna since SP doesn't eat beef, but this is a good runner up! Luscious layers of ricotta & mozzarella, lasagna noodles, and the tomato sauce with spinach & mushrooms.

Mmmmm. Very filling and comforting and with lots leftover for both this week and to put some in the freezer.

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