I don’t own a TV. This is relevant I promise.
My parents are modern-day-hippies (still relevant). You know, the kind that inhabit most of San Francisco… Hippies who shower as a friend once described them, and they didn’t really believe in watching television. As a result I still, to this day, don’t really spend that much time sitting in front of the TV flipping channels. I mean I watch a lot of stuff on Netflix, and I do have a Glee addiction (I was a musical theatre kid in high school, it speaks to me), but when I moved a few weeks ago and went on a furniture buying frenzy, a TV was not on my list of things to purchase.
So as a result of being raised more or less under a rock, I miss a lot of references, and I’ve been forced to come up with time-wasters other than television. My personal favourite? Scouring the internet for recipes.
The result? I have a bookmarks folder, that’s getting a bit out of control, filled with recipes to make. Seriously, it’s a bit ridiculous.
This one in particular has been sitting in there for about a month since I saw it on How Sweet It Is. I just needed an excuse. You see, most nights, dinner involves throwing a ton of vegetables together covering it in TJ’s Goddess dressing (which you should go out and buy immediately if you don’t already own it) and calling it a day. Sometimes I get ambitious and cook up some tofu with vegetables, and rice and call it stir-fry.
When I get really lazy I microwave a tortilla with cheese and call it a quesadilla. I can’t believe I just admitted that on the internet. Please don’t judge me.
So when my friend invited me over for dinner I offered to bring lasagna and leftover cake because what kind of a person would I be if I didn’t bring cake?
And this lasagna recipe? Well it is kind of amazing. I mean it has mascarpone, garlic, and shallots…
Roasted sweet potato and butternut squash covered in olive-oil and salt, pepper, and a light dusting of nutmeg.
And browned butter. Have you ever browned butter? Not only does it make your entire home (well my 500 square foot apartment at any rate) smell like a caramel factory, it adds an indescribable depth of flavour to anything you make.
Did I mention the shallots and garlic get caramelized in the butter as it browns?
Did I mention that in addition to the creamy mascarpone filling, and the smooth mashed roasted vegetables, you also get to add 1.5 cups of parmesan cheese and 2 cups of mozzarella to this thing?
Before you ask, yes, the final results were worth every penny I spent on expensive cheese. In my defence, my family is French. Overspending on food, and cheese in particular pretty much comes with the territory.
So I forgot to get pictures of the final thing, since I finished baking it at my friend’s place so we’d have that perfectly gooey slightly crispy top-layer that, let’s face it, is the reason why people eat lasagna. Plus, isn’t exactly photogenic once it has been put together, which I suspect is the reason it is a dish that doesn’t show up on food blogs all that often. Which is a sad thing because this lasagna in particular is one of the best non-baked good things I have ever made.
So do yourself a favour and make this for dinner. Tonight, tomorrow, next week, I don’t care. Just do it.