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Old 08-17-2005, 07:05 PM   #1
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Tony Danza's Lasagna

Tony Danza's Lasagna

Makes 2 lasagnas

2 lbs lasagna noodles
2 lbs ricotta cheese at room temperature
3 cups mozzarella cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese

2 roasting pans
2-3 mixing bowls

1 bunch fresh basil leaves, washed
1 cup Parmesan cheese
2 cans tomato paste
4 large cans tomatoes with basil
1 head garlic, finely chopped
1 cup olive oil
1 cup red wine
1 small rack pork spare ribs
1 large onion

1 lb chopped ground pork
1 lb chopped ground beef
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 head garlic, finely chopped
2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup milk
salt & pepper to taste

Strain canned tomatoes through colander into mixing bowl. Discard pulp.
Add basil, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, wine, and salt & pepper to taste.

In a large sauté pan, add 1 cup olive oil. Once hot, add garlic and
brown, stirring constantly.

While garlic browns, make meatballs - In a large mixing bowl, add meat,
eggs, milk, garlic, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper, and bread
crumbs. Using hands, mix ingredients together and with a bit of tap
water, roll meatballs (they can be large, as you will crumble them later).

Once garlic is browned, remove and reserve for later use. Fry meatballs
in remaining oil, rotating when one side is brown. When you can pick
them up with a fork, they are ready. Brown spare ribs in remaining oil
and set aside.

Add garlic back into oil. Stir in 2 cans of tomato paste and simmer over
medium heat for approx. 4-5 minutes. Stir, and add the strained tomato
mixture. Simmer ingredients and add meatballs and browned spare ribs to
sauce. Let simmer for at least 2 hours. Remove meatballs from sauce and
using your fingers, crumble into separate bowl.

In another mixing bowl, add a few tablespoons of sauce to the room
temperature ricotta to make it spreadable.

Boil noodles according to package directions, being careful not to
overcook. Once al dente, drain and add cold water to stop the cooking

Remove the spare ribs from sauce. Coat the roasting pans with a layer of
sauce. Then layer each lasagna evenly in the following order:

-Crumbled meatballs
-Ricotta mixture
-1 cup Parmesan cheese

Repeat layers until mixture reaches top of pan. Add a top layer of
noodles and coat with mozzarella and sauce. Cover with aluminum foil.
Refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place lasagna covered in foil in hot oven
and bake until hot all the way through (approximately 45 minutes,
depending on your oven). Remove foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes,
until the top is slightly brown and crispy.


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Old 08-17-2005, 08:25 PM   #2
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Wow! The sauce reminds me of the 'meat' sauce or 'Sunday' sauce I learned how to make from the little Italian ladies in Cambridge - another lifetime ago, lol!

To the basics they would add the meatballs, a piece of pork (usually shoulder), and - here's the killer - chunked up pieces of pepperoni! All the flavors from the pepperoni would just infuse that sauce so beautifully!

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oooh that sounds better than my mom's.
DON'T TELL HER I SAID THAT !!!!!!!!! lol
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That sure makes a lot of good food to share!
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