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Lasagna Recipe
Anthony's Lasagna Recipe Photos with Commentary
(Step by step photos of the cooking process for this recipe with commentary!)

There is nothing quite like homemade Lasagna. The trick to a good Lasagna is making it with a good homemade pasta sauce and making sure you let it sit for a while after baking before you start serving. I have placed some step by step photos below to help you through the process. Enjoy!

You start with water in a pan and the pasta noodles. Davinci is the brand of lasagna noodles I recommend. Just ignore the messy kitchen, hey if you're going to cook Italian stuff, you're going to have a messy kitchen.
Before the water starts to boil, you need to pour in a little bit of olive oil. This will help prevent your lasagna noodles from sticking. You don't want them to stick because you will need to take the noodles out one by one when you start layering your lasagna..
Then the water starts to boil, you carefully start to put in the lasagna noodles. If they don't fit, don't worry, they will bend after about 1 minute or so.
You will need to put in the whole box of lasagna noodles.
When they get soft you will need to move them onto their side, nice and neat like shown above.
Here you see some noodles that are not soft yet. Just wait a minute and then shape them into the pot.
OK, the whole box is now in the pan of boiling water, get them all nice and neat, now cook the lasagna noodles for about 12 minutes, gently stirring and separating the noodles every 2 minutes or so.
The is the stuff you will need for the oh so important lasagna filling. Hmmm... this is the good stuff!.
This is your Mozzarella cheese. You will need to make 1/8" slices.
Then cut up the slices into strips.
Continue cutting the strips. Then set these aside to work with later on in the lasagna making process.
This is the yummy stuff you will need for the lasagna filling. This is what makes the lasagna taste so good! Well that and the great spaghetti sauce you already made. ;-)
You start out with the Ricotta cheese in a bowl, then add an egg like this...
After you drop the egg in, it looks like this. Exciting huh? Oh, this is going to be so good!!!
Then add fresh parsley.
Then add Parmesan cheese.
Now mix this well. See the blur? That's me mixing really well.
...still mixing. At this point, you will want to add some fresh ground black pepper and a little bit of Basil, then mix some more.
OK, now that you've finished your lasagna filling and set that aside; see the bowl sitting there off to the side? Then you get your baking pan and add a thin layer of sauce to the bottom of the pan.
The bottom of the pan should look like this when you're done. Now you are ready for your first layer of lasagna noodles.
Here we go, first noodle. You will need to handle the lasagna noodles very carefully. They will be hot because you just cooked them. It's important to start layering the noodles once they have finished cooking.
You will lay these noodles side by side. Do not overlap them and again, handle these noodles gently. Some of them may be tricky to get out of the pot and flattened out on the bottom of the pan, you just have to have patience while working with the noodles.
Here we see our first layer of pasta. Now you are ready to start adding the filling.
Here we go, adding the filling. Hey!! Those aren't Anthony's hands, what happened? Yes, this is the wife helping me out. She is wonderful!
After you add the filling and spread it out, then you add the Mozzarella strips. See how they are placed across the pasta noodles? That helps keep the noodles together..
Now you start to add a layer of sauce over the filling and Mozzarella cheese.
Still adding sauce...
Still adding sauce... Done.
Now you start to add layer two of the lasagna noodles.
Add your filling stuff, then add the sauce, spread it out and go onto the next layer.
...and another layer,....
...sprinkle on the Parmesan.
OK - this is your top layer of pasta, no filling or Mozzarella cheese on this layer, just sauce and Parmesan.
Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on the top layer and this is ready to go in the oven!
There it is!!! All ready to go. You will need to cover this pan with Aluminum foil. Fold the foil down tightly on all sides.
Now you place it in the center of a preheated oven @ 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes.
After 40 minutes take out the lasagna, peel back a corner of the foil. Look closely, the liquid on the sides should be bubbling and you should not have too much liquid on top of the noodles. In this photo here there is a puddle of watery sauce which indicates to me that this is not quite done yet. Back in it goes for another 5 minutes.
OK, it's been 5 minutes. Take it out of the even and check it again. Lots of bubbling on the side and less water on top. This is good. Now remove the foil and place it back in the oven uncovered and cook for another 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes are up remove from oven and let it sit on the counter, uncovered, for about 10 more minutes, then serve.
We see here on the left a nice plate of lasagna ready to enjoy! Oh yes!!! All that hard work paid off, this is going to be incredibly good! It's important to pour on extra sauce hot from the pot and then add your Parmesan cheese, with a little Parsley on the side and whalla!.

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