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Classic Italian Lasagna
Everyone loves lasagna. It’s the Ultimate in comfort food. Classic Italian lasagna is made with a thick meat sauce, layers of mozzarella, Parmesan and ricotta cheese, separated with wide lasagna noodles. Serve slices of classic lasagna with a side salad, garlic bread and glasses of Chianti for an authentic Italian meal. Bellissimo!
Many, Many Years
I have been making lasagna ever since I was in high school. The recipe had changed somewhat over the years but the “base” has stayed the same. Classic Italian lasagna is from an Italian cookbook that I checked out of my high school library and never returned. That was back in 1976, so I’m not too worried about it anymore. I don’t think they’ll come looking for me anytime soon but if they do I still have the cookbook!
The first time I made this recipe (per the borrowed cookbook directions) classic Italian lasagna, it was 1976, we had recently graduated from high-school, and we had our whole lives ahead of us. If only we had a crystal ball that night, to look into our futures. The mistakes and decisions we made would have been different, I’m sure of that! From that night on, and over the course of 45 years, our lives would be intertwined.
This intimate dinner for four was to consist of Classic Italian Lasagna, garlic bread and Chianti. Lots of Chianti. The dinner was made for my future hubby, his brother, my future brother-in-law and his then girl-friend, soon to be his first wife. This is beginning to sound like a soap opera:) Jim, Ray, Sue and me we’re at the “guys” apartment for our romantic dinner. When you’re young and inexperienced in the “wine” drinking department, you don’t realize that wine should be sipped, not guzzled:)
Well, as the night progressed, the wine continued to flow, the garlic bread had been consumed and the music got a little bit louder. The big moment had finally arrived, the lasagna in all its delicious glory was ready to be served! The only problem was, the moment of wanting to eat had come and gone. Someone had the bright idea to get out the “pass out” game and the kitchen table was now set up for a night of ‘fun’ (Pass Out was a popular Drinking game from the early 60’s that was making a short lived come back in the late 70’s
Needless to say, the night continued, the music got louder and the full pan of lasagna was put in the refrigerator. In the wee hours of the morning, I could hear the guys rummaging around in the kitchen, no doubt eating platefuls of cold lasagna. (This was BM, before microwave ovens) All I wanted was an aspirin, an ice cold diet coke and a dark, quiet room.