Well, the harvest is here. My husband didn’t home until 11 pm tonight and tomorrow they begin harvesting the grapes. That means that he will have an unpredictable schedule for the rest of the month and I can’t rely on him for pretty much anything. It’s frustrating, but hey, what can you do. We must drink wine. Just remember as you are sipping your vino that wives across the world had to suffer in the making of that bottle!
When you’re sipping on your delicious glass of wine, here’s a dinner idea to go along with it….its called Roasted Red Pepper Lasagna, and oh my gosh its yummy. It takes a little effort, but it’s well worth it. I absolutely love regular lasagna so when I saw this recipe in one of my many cookbooks, I had to give it a try.
- 4 medium red sweet peppers
- 1T olive oil
- 1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes, un-drained
- 3/4 t ground black pepper
- 8 ounces sweet or hot bulk Italian sausage, browned and drained (optional)
- 1/3 c Butter or margarine
- 1/3 c all-purpose flour
- 1/2 t ground nutmeg
- 8 c milk
- 12 no-boil dried lasagna noodles
- 1 1/4 c finely shredded Parmesan cheese (5 ounces)
1. Preheat oven to 425. For red pepper sauce, cut fresh peppers in half; remove stems, seeds, and membranes. Place peppers, cut sides down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until skins is bubbly and browned. Wrap peppers in foil; let stand for 20-30 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Peel skins from peppers. Cut peppers into thin strips. (Or, if using bottled roasted red peppers, drain and cut into thin strips.)
2. In a large saucepan, cook sweet peppers on medium heat for 1 minute. Stir in undrained tomatoes, the basil, garlic, 1/2 t of the salt, and the black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring often. Set aside to cool. If desired, stir in cooked sausage.
3. For the bechamel sauce, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the remaining 1/2 t salt, the flour, and nutmeg until smooth. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Set aside to cool.
4. Preheat oven to 350 F. To assemble, grease the bottom of a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Cover the bottom of the dish with three of the uncooked lasagna noodles. Spread about 1 cup of the red pepper sauce over the pasta. Top with 3/4 cup of the bechamel sauce, spreading evenly; sprinkle with 1/4 c of the Parmesan cheese. Repeat layering pasta, red pepper sauce, bechamel sauce, and Parmesan three more times. Be sure the top layer of noodles is completely covered with sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 c Parmesan cheese.