When we got married, I was determined that my husband would always have delicious, filling, homemade meals that welcomed him home after a long day of work. Fast forward 10-plus years later, and the meal that normally awaits us both is either a bowl of cereal or tacos from the taquería across the street. By the way, those are delicious.
So when we have time to cook, which is normally on Sunday nights, we make something that would lasts us for most of the week. In that way, we don’t fill ourselves with unnecessary fats… And leave those for the weekend.
We both are suckers for pasta, and more often than not, we ALWAYS crave lasagna. The beautiful thing about lasagna in my opinion, is that you can make it anyway you want. You can use meat or vegetables; use a tomato-based sauce or maybe just a white sauce, or both. No-boil noodles is a no-brainer. And c’mon. Anything that has cheese – I’m sold!
While lasagna is not a native Ecuadorean meal, my mom used to make lasaña at least once a month. After all, Ecuador has a large European influence, thanks to Cristóbal Colón. I don’t necessarily know that he brought over the lasgana, but someone did. So back to my mom and her lasaña. Carne molida, a.k.a. ground beef, wasn’t too expensive, so we got to indulge in it. My mom used to make her lasaña with Salsa Blanca, a white sauce made with a flour-butter roux. For all of you my foodies, you know what this sauce is, no? But of course, c’est Béchamel. She would layer some Queso de Hoja, which is basically mozzarella cheese, and layer jamón – Virginia ham – in between the sauce and the meat. That was her way of making it, and I will make that version in the future. THIS is how we make it – la lasaña de MI casa. I’ve always felt that as a family of husband + wife + tuna-eating cat, in addition to cherishing and maintaining traditions we both had growing up, we create our own. Lasagna is a dish we love to make together, and it is a great way to bond and forget about the rat race our lives have become. Do you have a special dish you love cooking with your loved one?
By the way, I have a few secrets I will share with you that will make a world of difference in YOUR lasagna.
Alright. Let’s leave the cheese for the lasaña and get started.