It’s Winter. The cold temperature makes one want to hibernate…or have some good ‘ol comfort food. What’s more comforting on a cold day than your favourite meal? Let me guess. Does your favourite comfort food include cheese? If there’s one truth in this world, it’s that everything tastes better with cheese. For many of us, comfort food is not complete without some ooey-gooey melted cheese!
Ever since I was a kid, my ultimate comfort food has been lasagna! I used to joke when I was in grade 4 that I was like Garfield the cat! His favourite food was lasagna!
- 1 L (1000 ml) of my homemade Garden Harvest Spaghetti Sauce (or your favourite homemade or canned pasta sauce)
- 1 lb ground beef, browned
- 4 spicy Italian sausage, chopped and browned
- oil for cooking
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 cups spinach, blanched and chopped
- 15 lasagna noodles, cooked
- 1 egg, beaten
- 475 g Saputo Ricotta Cheese
- 450 g Saputo Mozzarellissima Cheese, grated
- ¼ c Saputo Parmigiano Reggiano
- In a dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil on medium-high. Sautee chopped onion and garlic. Brown ground beef and sausage. Add pasta sauce and let simmer.
- In a pot with boiling water, add spinach. Blanch spinach and wring out excess water from spinach. Chop spinach.
- In a large pot, boil noodles until al dente. Remove from pot and drain.
- In a bowl, add ricotta cheese, beaten egg, spinach, and mix gently.
- Take 9x11 baking dish and ladle a layer of meat pasta sauce. Add a layer of noodles (3 noodles), then a layer of meat sauce, a layer of ricotta cheese and spinach mixture, and repeat layers until you have no more noodles.
- Finish with a layer of meat sauce and then sprinkle shredded Mozzarellissima over top. Sprinkle Parmigiano Reggiano over lasagna.
- In a 400 degree oven, bake lasagna for 40 minutes.
I guess it’s safe to say that lasagna is also one of Little One’s favourites. Even when she was a toddler, she devoured her “Mmmm-sangna”!
She’s now six years old, and isn’t quite so messy an eater.
For this recipe, I used Mozzarellissima, a stretch mozzarella, known for its buttery taste and superior melting quality. Mozzarellissima’s melting quality helps to bring out the ooey-gooey, stretchy cheesey, golden, buttery factor in your comfort food.
Guess what? Mozzarellissima and your favourite comfort food go so well with a glass of wine, that they paired up with LCBO to offer customers recipe inspiration and savings on their next block of Mozzarellissima. In November and December, LCBO customers can get $1 off any Mozzarellissima product by purchasing bottles of Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio or Leonardo Chianti with special tags. After all, wine and cheese is a classic pairing!
I always bake TWO lasagnas (one to eat for dinner and the other to freeze for another day). We had friends over for dinner and enjoyed our meal. I have to say that the Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio does indeed pair nicely with my favourite lasagna! I’ll be getting the Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio again for our next wine and cheese party or whenever we have another comfort food night. Have I mentioned that comfort food with melty cheese and a glass of Pinot Grigio are a favourite of mine?
What’s your favourite comfort food?
In case you wanted to try my Garden Harvest Vegetable Sauce Recipe, here it is!
Disclosure – I received a fabulous Comfort Food Kit to help inspire me in creating and sharing my favourite comfort food (with cheese) and wine pairing. All thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.