10 Secrets to the Perfect Lasagna

1. MAKE THE PASTA YOURSELF

Homemade egg pasta is super easy to make (really!) and taking an extra few minutes for this step can totally change the flavor and style of your lasagna, for the better. 

2. USE DRIED PASTA WITH CARE

Dried pasta absorbs lots of liquid, so this will affect the water content of the final dish. Also, don't overcook the noodles if they require pre-cooking.

3. GO VEGGIE

A vegetarian lasagna can be much quicker to prepare than a meat-based one, because the sauce won’t need as much simmering time.

4. KEEP IT BALANCED

The trick is to balance the ratio of liquid and solid ingredients, not forgetting that an easy way to compensate for an overly saucy lasagna is to use dried, non-blanched noodles.

5. GIVE THE SAUCE SOME EXTRA LOVE

Ragu(Meat part) should be rich, flavorful and tender and is generally made with ground beef.ragu is actually leftover roasted meat that's and added to the sauce.

6. SLOW COOK THE MEAT SAUCE

If you don’t have any leftover meat for the ragu, try slow cooking your sauce instead. Whether low and slow on the stove, or for hours in the slow cooker

7. BUY WHOLE, FRESH MOZZARELLA

Grating a ball of mozzarella yourself will give you a much fresher and lighter flavor, you will also avoid all those nasty stabilizers and preservatives.

8. TOP WITH GRATED PARMESAN

we can’t go past a healthy dose of (freshly) shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano. It melts and crisps beautifully and brings a nice bite to the finished product.

9. BAKE IT IN THE OVEN

the only way to get authentic, delicious results is to bake it in the oven. Don’t forget to preheat  to around 400°F and for best results

10. MAKE EXTRA

the only way to get authentic, delicious results is to bake it in the oven. Don’t forget to preheat  to around 400°F and for best results

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