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Neapolitan-style lasagne

  • 1 hour and 40 minutes
  • Medium
  • First Courses
A particularly rich and tasty first course for the Carnival season. In Neapolitan tradition, this lasagna was made for Mardi Gras, filled with various ingredients, the same ingredients that from Ash Wednesday were banned from the table during Lent.

Ingredients: Per 8 servings

  • 1 lb all-purpose flour
  • 5 oz eggs
  • oz extra virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation:

Step 1

In a small casserole, gently fry the chopped lard with the oil and the chopped vegetables. Add the minced meat. Meanwhile hard-boil the eggs.

Neapolitan-style lasagne - step 1

Step 2

Brown the mixture for a few minutes, pour the wine over it, sprinkle with the marjoram and season with salt e pepper.

Neapolitan-style lasagne - step 2

Step 3

When the wine has evaporated, mix in a small amount of flour and leave to cook for some minutes. Then add the tomatoes and finish cooking for about 1 hour, if necessary thinning with a little stock.

Neapolitan-style lasagne - step 3

Step 4

While the sauce is cooking, make the fresh pasta. Roll the dough out into a very thin sheet and cut it into 4x6 inches rectangles. Cook the rectangles in abundant boiling salted water. Once they are cooked, drain them and cool them immediately in cold water.

Neapolitan-style lasagne - step 4

Step 5

In a buttered oven dish, arrange the pasta in layers, dressing each layer with the meat sauce.

Neapolitan-style lasagne - step 5

Step 6

On top of the sauce, uniformly distribute the sausage (previously fried in garlic and parsley) cut into in small pieces, the ricotta, the hard-boiled eggs in wedges or slices and the mozzarella in cubes.

Neapolitan-style lasagne - step 6

Step 7

Close off with a sheet of pasta and sprinkle grated Parmesan on top. Put the dish into a moderate oven (350°F) for around 40 minutes. Once it is cooked, well-browned on the surface, leave it to rest before serving.

Neapolitan-style lasagne - step 7

Consigli dello chef:

The eggs must be immersed in boiling salted water and left to cook for 9 minutes. In this way the yolk does not become green.

Then they should be cooled immediately under running cold water, so that they can easily be shelled.

When the pasta is immersed in boiling water it must be stirred immediately, to avoid the sheets sticking to one another. It is a good idea to leave the lasagna to rest after cooking, so that the pasta absorbs any excess moisture. In this way the portions may be cut more regularly and uniformly.

Food History:

Carnevale (Carnival) is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent and is associated with catholic faith.

The Italian word Carnevale derives from Latin Carnem Levare (to remove meat): the forty days of Lent serve to commemorate the Passion of Jesus and many foods, such as meat, are forbidden.

Before Lent, people take a large celebration and Carnival recipes are generally rich and nourishing.