The March 2009 challenge is hosted by Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Melbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande. They have chosen Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna from The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper as the challenge.
This recipe challenged the Daring Bakers to make spinach pasta cut for lasagna, bechamel sauce and a country style ragu. I had a guest chef in the kitchen with me for the first time. My good friend, Karen, came over and we had a great time making it together. Here’s a picture of Karen rolling out the pasta. She did a much better job of rolling than I did.
It was my first time making pasta and my arms ached the next day from the ten minutes of kneading and the rolling. I thought the pasta tasted great, and my husband and my friend and her family loved it, but it was too much work for me to enjoy. I was exhausted that night. I think I should have made it over several days.
I made the ragu with chicken sausage and ground sirloin. I had to add another egg to the pasta dough to get it to come together. Other than that, I didn’t change much. I had the same problem as many Daring Bakers with the ragu looking a bit curdled, but you didn’t really notice it once it was in the lasagne.
Check out the hosts’ blogs for the complete recipe. Also, be sure and check out the other Daring Baker’s posts. There were so many great variations, including some yummy dessert lasagnes.
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