I decided to pop in on my cousins and aunt who I have not seen in awhile. She happens to be my favorite aunt, simply because she gives good advice and has a gift for making awe-inspiring food. When I arrive I am greeted by this olive green colored house that leans more to the right than the left. As I walked slowly up the loose steps, clutching the rail, making sure not to lose my balance I hear the music blaring from inside.
Finally, I make it to the front door and knock with my fist hoping it is loud enough to be heard. The music cuts off and a female voice asks who is at the door swings open and my favorite cousin pretty much runs into me to give me a hug. I returned the gesture and walked inside with her. I instantly start smiling due to the smell of cooking meat, sausages, and pepperoni. It was my aunt’s famous lasagna. My cousin started talking to me but I was not even listening. I walked into the kitchen and said hello to my aunt and asked what she was cooking to confirm it was lasagna. She said lasagna and a smile immediately plastered across my face.
I invited myself for dinner because I knew it was going to be worth it. I walked into the living room to watch a movie until dinner was ready. I shared a couch with my cousins Tots and Pook. My older cousin Tasia was on the single couch by herself. The family dog Polo was laying on the floor in front of me too. We all enjoyed the movie and checked on diner. “Not ready yet” she replied. I felt like my aunt was testing my patience because I was so ready to eat. Tots and Pook just huffed and puffed but continued to watch the movie. Tasia caught an attitude and started listening to music. Sometime during the movie my aunt joined us until the food finished.
Finally, we were all seated at the large glass table ready to get a taste of something amazing. I thanked my aunt and mentally thanked whoever created lasagna in the first place. After a little, watching as we devoured the portions served on our plates, she asked us how it tasted. My cousins said it tasted good but to me it made me feel loved because you could taste the love in every bit. I looked at my aunt with a mouth full of lasagna and asked what was in it. She said humbly, “A little bit of everything.” The first thing you taste when the lasagna touches your tongue is the pepperoni. It’s a spicy sensation that get’s replaced with the sweetness of the tomato sauce. As you bite a piece of sausage all the juices that have gathered inside of it explodes onto your tongue. The ground beef lightly carried the taste of salt, pepper and a culmination of other seasonings that make the dish burst in your mouth.
How She Did It
Step 1: You preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2: Cook 3/4 ground beef and cut up Italian sausages.
Step 3:You mix ricotta, half of the shredded mozzarella, Parmesan, parsley, basil, and garlic in a bowl and set aside.
Step 4: Place all tomato sauce in a large bowl and mix together 1/2 cup of water, tablespoon of and pepper and a tablespoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Mix well then taste a small amount of it to make sure you taste the sweetness of the sugar to your liking then set aside as well.
Step 5: Spread 1 cup of sauce in a 13 by 9″ baking pan.
Step 6: Place 3 uncooked lasagna sheets at the bottom of the pan, add a layer of 1/4 of the cheese mixture, and then layer with 1 cup of sauce.
Step 7: Place pepperoni throughout the layers of the lasagna to your liking.
Step 8:Place 3 lasagna sheets and repeat layers until all of the cheese mixture is gone, with the last layer being sauce.
Step 9: Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
Step 10: Remove the foil, top with the second half of the shredded mozzarella, and bake uncovered for 10 minutes.
Step 11: Finally remove the lasagna from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Cut and serve.