Last week I found fresh lasagne pasta at Whole Foods and was reminded of a fabulous recipe I had first heard of in Sandra's blog. Last fall Sandra took a cooking class with Letizia, from Alla Madonna del Piatto, and made a lasagne that was described as "light, no swimming lasagne".
Since fresh pasta is not an item found very often in the grocery stores I frequent, I went ahead and bought the pasta with the intention of making the lasagne later in the week. After checking the recipe in Sandra's and Letizia's blog, I went shopping for the rest of the ingredients which required another trip to Whole Foods for two cans of San Marzano tomatoes and some non-nitrate ham.
I followed the recipe faithfully except for the meat which was round sirloin. Letizia has a recipe for a quick béchamel sauce made in the microwave. I have a good tried and true béchamel recipe and for an instant thought of making it my way but decided to give this one a try. And I'm glad I did! It was so easy and without the risk of burning the sauce.
For dessert I made another great recipe from Letizia's blog, pears in Vin Santo. Delicious and so easy, this dessert has become my favorite to make when having guests for dinner. The first time I used Vin Santo but lately I've been making it with Passito di Pantelleria. Last Saturday I made ten of these pears for a dinner I was co-hosting. They were a hit! Thank you Letizia for two wonderful recipes. I'm going to try next the fettuccine al limone and the mousse di ricotta.