How to Add Sauce & Wine to Lasagna
I was introduced to Italian food by my roomie during the good old college days, when cooking something new-read cheap, fast, and easy was as essential as partying on Friday nights. It was during one such culinary adventure that I learnt how to add sauce and wine to lasagna. Marrying wine into the lasagna sauce is a refined art that I believe must be shared with the rest of the world.
- Choose your ingredients carefully. The wine used must blend with the rest of the ingredients used in the sauce. Taking the help of a wine - food pairing guide would be a good idea. Usually semi dry-dry red wines work well with meat and tomato based lasagna sauce, whereas, sweeter white wines with cheese based white sauce. You might go wrong at first, but with patience and practice, you will surely get into the groove.
- While cooking the sauce, first sauté the onions and garlic. Cook the herbs, vegetables, and meat till just cooked. Add wine and allow it to simmer for a minute or two before adding the tomatoes. This helps the rest of the ingredients to absorb and retain the flavors of the wine better; plus prevents the acidity of tomatoes and certain wines acting against each other.
- For the classic white wine sauce for lasagna, use a sweeter dessert wine. They accentuate the flavors and aroma of the sauce. To prepare the sauce, melt butter in a saucepan and add flour. Whisk the flour and butter into a roux. Once all flour has been incorporated, add the white wine and stir for several minutes to get a smooth lump free consistency. Once done add cream or thickened milk for a richer body.
- Once your wine based sauce is ready, all you need to do is layer your lasagna and bake it before licking it off your fork.
To prepare the quintessential lasagna one must worship each stage of its cooking process. Get amazing lasagna recipes, and find further information on how to cook the lasagna noodles, sauté vegetables, layer lasagna, bake lasagna, remove it onto the pan, and then serve it; here at ifood.tv.
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