Discover The Dish: How To Make Lasagne

July 31, 2014 -

On Tuesday, we celebrated National Lasagne Day by hosting an hour-long Facebook Chat with Chef Jay, where our fans could ask him questions about all things lasagne and Italian cooking.

There were so many great questions that we decided we’d dive into what goes into the delicious dish of lasagne a little bit deeper. So we grabbed Jay and a camera, and snapped some pictures of him breaking the dish down for you step by step. 

Step 1: We line the bottom of our pan with Pomodoro Sauce, which is a basic tomato sauce flavored with olive oil, onions, garlic, basil, and salt and pepper.Lasagne-PomodoroSauce-1500X1000

Step 2: Next comes the pasta. In the Facebook Chat, a lot of you had questions about whether we cook the pasta first before layering it in the dish. At Carrabba’s, we use fresh, thin sheets of pasta that are only cooked in the oven with the entire dish.  For fresh pasta, you can either make it on your own or buy it at your local Italian market.Lasagne-Pasta-1500X1000

Step 3: Now for the meat. For this part, we use our Bolognese sauce, which consists of a ground beef and pork mixture.Lasagne-Bolognese-1500X1000 

Step 4, 5 and 6: Cheese, cheese and more cheese. We first start with ricotta, then mozzarella and finish it off with Romano. Fun fact: the mozzarella cheese is what makes the lasagne stringy when you cut it.Lasagne-Ricotta-1500X1000Lasagne-Mozzarella-1500X1000Lasagne-Romano-1500X1000

Step 7: Repeat steps 2 through 6 until you reach the top of your pan. Typically at Carrabba’s, we use five layers in our lasagne dish, but according to Jay, there is no such thing as too many layers. Just remember though, the more layers, the thinner the dough of pasta needs to be.Lasagne-Pasta-Layer-1500X1000

Step 8: Once you reach your final layer. Cover the pasta sheet with Pomodoro Sauce and Romano cheese. Before you put it in the oven, Jay says to cover the dish with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. This will keep the moisture in so that the pasta doesn’t get dry as well as keep the heat in.Lasagne-TopLayer-1500X1000

Step 9: The lasagne takes about an hour to bake. Once you take it out of the oven, let it rest for about 15 to 20 minutes at room temperature prior to cutting it. Lasagne-OutoftheOven-1500X1000

Step 10: Now for the best part! When it’s time to serve the lasagne, put another layer of Pomodoro Sauce on top and then sprinkle some fresh parsley and Romano cheese. Enjoy!Lasagne-Final-1500X1000