Welcome to March! …nervous laughter… To make up for my delay in getting to March, I’m going to start my posts for this issue off with an amazing recipe that you’ll want to try as soon as possible. This is a bookmark it, pin it, print it, laminate it, share it, love it recipe. I promise. It’s so good that when faced with the idea of leaving some of it behind for a weekend trip to my parents’ house or bringing it with, we packed it. J ate this stuff like it was his job.
A few notes about the recipe. First, this is one of those times that an oval slow-cooker really comes in handy. When is the other time? Um, the Consumer Reports thing I read about slow-cookers said they are good for giant roasts. I’m not sure I’ve ever made a roast in the slow-cooker that was so big that I couldn’t have gotten away with a round one, but I’ll give it to them. What they should have said in the article was that oval slow-cookers are good for making lasagna. The magazine has a picture of all of these little broken shards of lasagna noodle stacked on top of each other looking haphazard at best. It says “To fit lasagna noodles into a round slow cooker, break of corners as needed.” For an oval slow cooker, that meant busting maybe a couple noodles here and there.
Second, this recipe is bland as written. Even with the Italian sausage. What you see pictured with the lasagna below is the jar of Rachael Ray italian seasoning that I ground very liberaly on to my lasagna. It needed something. If you make this recipe, excuse me, WHEN you make this recipe, add a couple teaspoons or two of Italian seasoning or just a mix of your favorite Italian dried herbs. I’m a fennel seed fanatic myself.
Bon appétit! You know, I don’t feel nearly so bad writing about March when it’s 45 degrees out at the end of May…