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Megans Cookin: The Daring Bakers: Lasagna and Ravioli

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Daring Bakers: Lasagna and Ravioli

The March 2009 challenge is hosted by Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Melbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande. They have chosen Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna from The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper as the challenge.

I have to admit, I wasn't so thrilled when I saw this months challenge. But after thinking about it for awhile, I realized I could also make ravioli with half the recipe. I'm having a 7 course dinner party next month, and this would make a perfect course. A little attitude adjustment, and I was pretty excited to give this long, and I do mean long, recipe a try.

The recipe consisted of three elements.

A Ragu sauce,
Spinach Pasta,
White sauce.

Lets start with the ragu!

I thought it was delicious!!!
The recipe actually called for beef, pork, and veal. I opted to just go for the beef. I bought some skirt steak and ground it in the food processor. So much better then hamburger!!!

It's got onions, celery, carrots in there with tomatoes, wine, and seasonings. Simmered for hours, it wasn't hard to make, just hours of simmering time. I'll make it again. Perfect for one of those stay at home rainy kind of days!!!

The second element was the pasta. It was fun to mix this together. Just three ingredients.

But if I ever do this again, I'll invest in a pasta roller.
In fact, I think I'll start pricing me one! ;)

It seems I had pasta every where but it was so fun to look at. MY PASTA!!!
It was so exciting to see my results.

And I cut out little circles and filled them some ragu.

Sealed and crimped with my umpteen year old Pampered Chef thingamajig that I have never used. Glad I'm a pack rat! Look how beautiful! Let's just pause for a moment and...
and admire them!

The third element of this challenge was the Bechamel sauce AKA white sauce. Simple white sauce with a dash of fresh nutmeg. That is what I'm going to use as the sauce for these beautiful raviolis. They're in the freezer just waiting for the party. They will get a quick dip in the hot tub, then be dressed in white for their presentation. I can't wait!

If you would like this recipe, you can click here

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Blogger April said...

It looks so good! You did a great job!!!! I really like the ravioli. I have the same little thing a ma jig, that I have never used either. Maybe one day I will try the pasta.

Now, you are going to have to fill me in on the 7 course dinner party!!

March 28, 2009 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Your lasagna looks yummy! Thanks for all of the wonderful photos. And, I love that you made ravioli. Beautiful!

March 28, 2009 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Your pasta looks so delicious! I have a pasta roller that I havent used in ages, I need to get it back out and get to rolling :)

March 28, 2009 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Megan I am so so so so so so impressed!! You did a marvelous job! I can only imagine how wonderful it tasted and smelled. :) Congratulations!

March 28, 2009 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

What a fantastic job!! It looks perfect.

March 28, 2009 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

It looks so yummy!! And that ragu is awesome! Good idea to make ravioli with the leftovers.

March 28, 2009 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yum, looks awesome! I agree, I would have to get a pasta maker if I was going to make this again, too!

March 28, 2009 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Seven courses?! You are determined!

Great job on the lasagna!

March 29, 2009 at 8:26 AM  
Anonymous kellypea said...

It was a long recipe, wasn't it? Took up all of my last Sunday. Smart person to think of those rounds. Looks like your lasagne turned out fabulously!

March 29, 2009 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

Yeah you got it done. Great practice for the dinner party! Perfection.

March 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Your raviolis look amazing! I think I need to get one of those pampered chef thingamajigs!

March 29, 2009 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I never thought about skirt steak. What a brilliant idea!

March 30, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

I can NOT wait to make this pasta :)

March 30, 2009 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Dragon said...

Your lasagna turned out amazing. Great job on this month's challenge.

March 30, 2009 at 7:34 PM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

You did so good! Pasta can be challenging and I love the green!

March 31, 2009 at 5:15 PM  
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April 1, 2009 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Shelby said...

what a great job! I have a pasta maker on my wish list also. I would have loved to tried your ravioli!

April 2, 2009 at 5:29 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Nice job. Homemade pasta is the best!

April 2, 2009 at 8:10 AM  

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