Monday, October 6, 2014

Lasagna (Wheat and Grain Free)


10 Wheat and Grain Free Crepes, cut into 2-inch strips like lasagna noodles
2 cups Marinara Sauce (recipe is below)
½ pound Italian Beef Sausage, casings removed
2 cups baby spinach, sautéed in ½ tablespoon olive oil until wilted
1 cup grated Mozarella cheese
2 cups Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese 
(substitute with Dry Curd Cottage Cheese)
3 tablespoons plain yogurt or almond milk*
¼ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
-Crumble the sausage into a skillet and brown over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes until is cooked through. Pour in all but ⅛ cup of the marina sauce and simmer on low until you’re ready to assemble your lasagna.
-Mix the Ricotta cheese, yogurt, salt, pepper, parsley, and basil in a bowl.
-Lightly grease the sides of an 8×11 baking dish. Pour the reserved ⅛ cup of marina sauce into the bottom of the dish.
-Start by layering the strips of crepes on the bottom, overlapping them ever so slightly so the fillings don’t seep through the cracks. If they don’t quite reach the edges of the dish, you can fill in the open spots with the scraps leftover from cutting them into strips.
-Next, spoon in ⅓ of the “ricotta” cheese mixture and gently spread to cover the surface. Then put half of the spinach on top, then top that with a sprinkle of provolone, and lastly with ⅓ of the meat sauce.
-Repeat until you’ve run out of ingredients going in this order: Noodles, ricotta, spinach, provolone, meat sauce. Finish with the remaining provolone and 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese.
-Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes, until the cheese is melted and slightly browned on top and the corners are bubbling.
-Let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
*Reheat in oven 350-375 degrees until cheese is bubbling

Marinara Sauce

1-2 Tablespoons Oil 
1 small onion chopped
1 29 oz can of Tomato Sauce
1 28 oz can of Special cut San Marzano Style 
2 garlic cloves
1/2 -1 Tablespoon Celtic Salt
1/2 Tablespoon black pepper
6 fresh basil leaves (julienned) 


-Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat.

-Add the onions and saute until they are translucent.
-Add the remaining 6 ingredients and bring to boil.
-Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 40 minutes.
-Adjust seasoning if necessary.

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