ORGANIC LOCAL RICOTTA CHEESE + ORGANIC VEGGIES FROM EARLS = BEST ORGANIC VEGGIE RICOTTA LASAGNA!

March 6th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


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Enjoy this recipe inspired by the connection  two organic and sustainable food folks have made!

Ingredients

Olive oil
4 cloves organic garlic, chopped fine
2 medium organic yellow, onions, chopped small
2 medium organic carrots, chopped small
2 medium organic green zucchini, chopped small
1 cup organic broccoli florets, cut super small
8 medium organic plum tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup fresh organic basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
2 tablespoons fresh organic parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
2 tablespoons fresh organic marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
2 tablespoons fresh organic oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
2 cups organic tomato sauce, canned
½ cup organic red table wine
Salt/pepper
Lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh)
4 cups fresh  organic spinach
3 cups  fresh ricotta (Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Jersey Ricotta)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg
1 ½ cups parmesan cheese, grated
1 cups fresh mozzarella, sliced thin

Directions

In a large soup pot, over medium high heat, add oil. Cook onions and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add carrots and cook for a few more minutes. Add the zucchini, broccoli and sauté a few more minutes.  Next add the tomatoes and reduce heat to a medium simmer. Add the fresh herbs (making sure to reserve some for the end).  Allow to cook about twenty minutes, cooking down the tomatoes.  Add the tomato sauce and red wine, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool a bit before assembling lasagna.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a mixing bowl combine the ricotta, nut meg and eggs and mix well.

In a large casserole dish, place a layer of lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh) down first, then spread a little sauce over the noodle. Add a layer of fresh spinach and then

gently spoon some of the ricotta mixture over the spinach (small dollops, over the layer about 1-1/2 inches apart.  Add a thin layer of warm sauce, making sure to move it around and melt the ricotta, making the layer even and consistent in sauce and ricotta.  Sprinkle a layer of parmesan cheese on top of the tomato sauce layer. Repeat the steps and make about 3-4 layers.  For the top, add a layer of noodles and a “glossing of sauce” just to moisten the noodles.  Cover with fresh slices of mozzarella and the reaming chopped fresh herbs.  Then sprinkle it with a thin layer of the grated parmesan.  Season with salt and pepper again.

Place lasagna in the oven and bake for about 45-60 minutes or until the top is crusty and lightly brown. Allow the lasagna to sit and rest about 20-30  minutes before serving. ( this will settled the lasagna and make cutting and serving easier!

Featured Earls Organic Growers: Covilli Zucchini, Jacobs Farms Herbs, La Colline Broccoli, Earthbound Farms Spinach

Earls Organic Produce, promotes organic agriculture and sustainable food trade while cultivating enduring partnerships with growers, producers and customers alike. Earls seeks to educate, excite and evoke passion for the organic culture and continually evolve.  An authentic passion for food and pure, fertile soil together fostered what has become the leading regional distributor of organic produce in the San Francisco Bay area, connecting like minded food conscious folks.

Bellwether Farms, located in the rolling hills of the Sonoma County Coast, the farm is located a few miles from the ocean, near Tamales & Bodega Bays.  The region is well known for mild temperatures and coastal fog.  With the absence of any heat stresses, the region is quintessential in it’s Shangri-La conditions for making exemplary cheese!

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Nissa’s Lasagna

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one large lasagna

Ingredients

Olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 medium yellow, onions, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
2 medium green zucchini, chopped small
1 cup broccoli florets, cut super small
4 medium tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
1 cup tomato sauce
½ cup red wine
Salt/pepper
Lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh)
4 cups fresh spinach
1 ½ cups feta cheese, crumbled
1 ½ cups Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
2 cups fresh mozzarella

Directions

In a large soup pot, over medium high heat, add oil. Cook onions and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add carrots and cook for a few more minutes. Add the zucchini, broccoli and tomatoes and reduce heat to a medium simmer. Add the fresh herbs (making sure to reserve some for the end). Add the tomato sauce and red wine, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool a bit before assembling lasagna.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large casserole dish, place a layer of lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh) down first, then spread a little sauce over the noodle. Add a layer of fresh spinach and then a layer of sauce, followed by a little bit of each cheese. Repeat the layers until the dish is filled. The top layer should end in a noodle covered with sauce and cheese, mostly the pecorino in order to make it nice and crusty.

Place lasagna in the oven and bake for about 45-60 minutes or until the top is crusty brown. Allow the lasagna to sit and rest about 20 minutes before serving.

Half-the-Pasta Lasagna

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 small Italian eggplant
½ package of lasagna noodles (whole wheat if available)
1 egg
1 cup skim ricotta
1 cup kalamata olives, chopped
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves chopped
Salt & pepper
6 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
¼ cup parmesan cheese
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven at 375ËšF. Slice eggplant lengthwise and brush with olive oil, salt & pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles for 4-5 minutes. Noodles should be undercooked. Drain and rinse with cold water to shock.

In a medium sized bowl, beat egg and add in ricotta, kalamata olives, garlic, chopped basil, parsley and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and combine.

Take a loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Layer lasagna as follows: A spoonful of sauce followed by one layer of noodles, ricotta mixture, eggplant slices, mozzarella slices, and a spoonful of tomato
Repeat until finished and top with parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

Cover loaf pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Take out of oven, remove foil and continue to bake for 5-10 or until browned on top.

Remove from pan by lifting parchment. Slice into 4 equal slices and serve over a spoonful of sauce.

Tip: Use sauce sparingly, otherwise lasagna can become watery.

Recipe courtesy of Robin Simpson

Swiss Chard & Caramelized Onion Lasagna

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons Swiss chard, rinsed with stems removed, chopped
6 yellow onions, sliced thin
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium shallot, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped fine (Save 1 tablespoon)
5 sprigs thyme, chopped
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups milk, warmed
½ cup grated Asiago cheese
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons regular olive oil
1 handful toasted pine nuts
Freshly ground pepper and salt, to taste
2 teaspoons sugar
1 pound pasta sheets

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.

For sauce

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add shallots and sweat them until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme sprigs; cook, 1 minute. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly until the flour cooks and bubbles a bit (don’t let it brown) — about 2 minutes. Add the warm milk, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat, and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more. Add fresh nutmeg and remove from the heat. Strain sauce through fine mesh strainer and then let cool while you prepare lasagna. This constitutes the Béchamel sauce.

For lasagna

In large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add reserved 1 tablespoon garlic and cook, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add Swiss chard and cook until tender, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Transfer chard to medium bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Wipe out skillet, heat remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until onions begin to brown all over, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and stir. Cook, stirring, until deep amber in color, about 20 minutes more. Set aside. This constitutes the layer of caramelized onions.

Lightly oil a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or coat with nonstick cooking spray. Coat bottom of prepared dish with ½ cup of sauce. Layer bottom with a single layer of noodles. Spread half the chard over the noodles. Add another layer of noodles, arrange caramelized onions on top, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread another ½ cup sauce over all. Add another layer of noodles, followed by the remaining chard mixture. Finish with remaining noodles and sauce. Sprinkle with Asiago cheese.

Loosely cover baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake lasagna for 30 minutes. Uncover, bake 10 to 15 minutes more, or until lightly browned and bubbling. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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