I know that you have read where I am really trying to develop my own personal recipes versus just rehashing a cookbook recipe. ¬†So I am proud to announce a New Page here at the P and P Kitchen, Plaid and Paisley Original Recipes. ¬†You can find this new page at the top of the header. ¬†This page will take you to all the posts that have my very own recipes. ¬†I am really excited about this and I hope that you will spend some time¬†perusing¬†through the recipes. ¬†As time goes on more and more recipes will appear on this page so I hope that you will come back and check them often! Today’s recipe is an amazing dinner that you will love serving to your family.
You can use any combination of vegetables that you like. ¬†The addition of spinach would be amazing. ¬†For this meal I used Eggplant, Red and Yellow Pepper, Portabella Mushrooms,¬†Zucchini¬† and a Red Onion. Roasting them in the oven first really brings out the flavors and the sweetness of the peppers and onion. ¬†I know that it is an extra step and that it takes a bit more time than sauteeing them, but you will really notice a flavor difference and it really is a step worth taking. You can roast them the night before or that morning if you are pressed for time. ¬†One tip on the Eggplant, always Sweat them out first! Eggplant has a¬†tendency¬†to be bitter. ¬†Slice it and lay out the slices on paper towels, sprinkle with salt and let sit for 30 min. This will sweat all the bitterness out.
Another step that you can make ahead of time is the sauce. ¬†I almost¬†recommend¬†that you do make this the day ahead. ¬†Everyone knows that Italian always tastes better the second day. ¬†The reason for this is the flavors have had time to really combine and blend together. This is a really easy sauce and you will have no trouble whipping it up that evening but for a deep layer of flavor make it the day ahead. Another quick tip on an easy foolproof way to make Lasagna:¬†par boil¬†the noodles only. ¬†Boil for 7 min they will be¬†pliable¬†but not soft and break and make you pull your hair out! Trust me this will save your sanity for any dish that you have to Handle the pasta.
Don’t get scared off by the length of this recipe. ¬†There are a few steps but when you cook from scratch there always are. ¬†You will be so glad that you took the extra time and really created something wonderful and amazing tasting.
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