You know those odd cool days that happen once in a while in the spring and summer? The ones that have you rifling through your closet for a cozy sweatshirt? And praying that the sun will break through the clouds for just a minute so you can warm your chilled bones? We're having that kind of weather lately, it's called June Gloom. It's a weather pattern that settles over Southern California this time of year. The mornings are shrouded in a cool misty marine layer that sometimes lasts throughout the day. True Californians despise June Gloom. They resent having to take off their sunglasses, and I don't think they own any sweaters.
This is my answer to June Gloom.
A huge pan of extra cheesy lasagna spiced up with chili pepper and topped with a layer of little sausage meatballs swimming in molten mozzerella.
makes a boat load
oven to 350
1 lb spicy Italian sausage (I used turkey)
- Heat a large pan on medium heat and drizzle in a little oil oil. Take the sausage meat out of its casing by squeezing small balls of the meat out with your hands. Let them drop into the pan. Cook the sausage until golden brown and cooked through, shaking the pan to make sure the meat gets browned on all sides. Set aside.
1 large handful parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
fresh cracked pepper to taste
- Mix the ricotta, egg and parsley together in a bowl until the egg is thoroughly incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside
1 tsp red chili flakes
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 lb fresh mozzerella cheese, grated
1 8 oz package of fresh pasta sheets (you need 5)
- Heat the sauce to a simmer on the stove with the chili flakes and fennel seed.
- Drizzle a little more oil on the bottom of your lasagna pan. Lay one of the pasta sheets down and spoon about a fifth of the ricotta mixture over it. Sprinkle on some mozzerella and then ladle on some of the sauce. Follow with four more pasta sheets, layering them with the cheeses and sauce.
- Finish with a top layer of pasta. Spread it with the last of the ricotta, and then lay your meatballs evenly across the entire top. Drizzle sauce over the meatballs, and then cover with the rest of the mozzerella.
- Cover loosely with non-stick foil, and bake for about an hour, until bubbly and hot throughout.
Actually, this is my homage to June Gloom. I admit it, I kinda like this weather. I get to wear my Ugg boots, and eat lasagna.
But don't tell anyone, them's fighting words around these parts.