Lasagna with Tomato Sauce and Sheep’s Milk Ricotta

by Mugnaini on April 16, 2013 in Pasta, Rice & Eggs

Lasagna with Tomato Sauce and Sheep’s Milk Ricotta

Serves 10–12
Roasting Environment or Bake Environment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh sheep’s milk ricotta (may substitute with other ricotta)
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly grated black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Tomato Sauce (see below)

  • 1 pound fresh lasagna, boiled al dente, drained and set aside
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans San Marzano or other good quality tomatoes, drained and left whole
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Preparation

Combine the ricotta, mozzarella, 1/4 cup Parmigiano, butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl and stir lightly to combine. Prepare the Tomato Sauce (directions below).

To assemble, oil a rectangle 9 x 12-inch ceramic baking dish. Line bottom of baking dish with pasta sheets and top with one-third of the Tomato Sauce and half of the basil. Top with another layer of pasta and cover with half of the cheese mixture. Top cheese with another layer of pasta and repeat with another layer each of sauce with basil and cheese mixture. Finish top layer of pasta with sauce and sprinkle with remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until heated through and bubbling.

Tomato Sauce

Place a large saute pan with oil in the oven and heat. Add garlic and cook for 1–2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, salt, and cinnamon. Cook for 20 minutes, or until tomatoes break easily with the back of a spoon and the sauce has slightly thickened.

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