Monday, March 22, 2010

Fun with noodles

As I said before, Penny is here visiting us from Oregon. We had a great time spending the day at "the office"

It was much needed time for us to catch up on eachothers lives. Living over 1,000 miles away can be tough. We have both been through a lot and it is so nice to be able to be there for Penny finally, and vice versa.

So obviously I am not spending as much time in the kitchen. I want to spend it playing. I have to fit work in there as well, so it is a busy time for me. But I am blessed, and wouldn't trade the hustle and bustle for anything.

I showed Penny how I make my noodles last night. I went for an easy homemade lasagne and garlic green beans to feed the crew. Because of course it was not just the Wades. There were kids here too. To be honest, I can't even tell you how many kids because I went outside to eat. They were all around my table. I think there were 7. Taylor, Jordan, Cassie, Frenchie, Justin, Emily and Joey... but give or take a few because there were others that came and went. Then there were us 4 adults. I was too busy to take pictures. But I did insist on getting one of Penny holding some of my noodles. =)

Different shapes yes, but it doesn't matter because it went in lasagne. =)

Here is my lasagne recipe the quick way (meaning I did not have time to make the sauce from scratch)

2 cups flour
3 eggs

In kitchen aid or by hand mix eggs and olive oil. Pour flour and make a crater in the middle. Pour egg mixture into crater and mix/knead until it is dough. Seperate into 3 flat portions. Run through pasta roller until at desired thickness.

1lb hot italian sausage (casings removed)
1 lb mild italian sausage (casings removed)
1/2 lb ground beef
3 cloves minced garlic
1lb parmesan cheese
1lb mozzerella cheese
2 cups ricotta

brown meat with garlic ( I usually have onions in here too, but Penny hates onions). Drain fat off. Add marinara.
In HUGE 14.25 inch x 10 inch x 4 inch  Lasagne pan spray bottom of pan with Pam. Add 1/2 cup of the sauce and spread around to keep noodles from sticking to the bottom of the pan. In layers, rotate, noodles, meat sauce, cheeses. Repeat and Top off with parmesan mozzerella mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.

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