Tender and sweet grilled eggplant and stuffed tomatoes were part of the contorni (side dishes). Now to be specific, because she would want you to know, Teresa (my MIL)did not make these contorni, her cousins did. They were absolutely lovely, but she does her contorni a little different.
Here is the meat, and as I mentioned, there are no fancy sauces with honey and ketchup and hot sauce. It’s pretty simple and quite amazing. They can still be finger looking good minus barbecue sauce!
Beautiful pears growing right next to us in the garden of our cousin’s house.
Even Italian cats get to enjoy homemade lasagne.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup of onion chopped (you can use sweet onion or yellow onion)
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 carrot, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 pound pancetta, chopped (optional)
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef (you could do a mixture of pork/beef or however you prefer)
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
- 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes (I use San Marzano)
- 6 fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
besciamella (white sauce)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 6 cups whole milk
- teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup chopped mozzarella cheese (or you could use shredded mozzarella)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- lasagna noodles (no boil or the boil kind or if you’re daring, you could make your own)