Fire-Roasted Fieri Lasagna from Guy Fieri Family Food
It’s finally starting to feel like Fall, and we have the perfect, hearty dinner recipe for you: Fire-Roasted Fieri Lasagna from Guy Fieri’s new cookbook. This lasagna is super flavorful with a fire-roasted tomato sauce, two kinds of meat, and of course, tons of cheese.
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Fire-Roasted Fieri Lasagna
There’s something about lasagna that makes it just like Chinese food and pizza. When it’s good, it’s really good, and when it’s bad, well, it’s still good. I’ve been loving lasagna as long as I can remember and making it myself almost as long. When I was in college I’d assemble a huge one in a big hotel pan, cook it off, let it cool, then cut it into squares to pack into resealable bags in the freezer. With just a couple of hours of work, I’d have a full week’s worth of dinners that would rock the socks off my roommates. That’s a trick that lasts; we still do it at home. It makes it so easy to pull together a quick but delicious dinner when Lori and the kids and I are running in every direction. And Hunter loves nothing more than to find half a lasagna in the freezer when he’s hunting for a “snack” before dinner (teenagers . . . ).
MAKES 8 servings • TIME 2 ½ hours
- Two 28-ounce cans whole fire-roasted tomatoes, with their juice
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 carrots, finely diced
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 10 ounces ground beef (80% lean)
- 10 ounces bulk sweet Italian pork sausage
- 6 ounces pepperoni, coarsely ground in a food processor
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 cup tomato paste
- 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon julienned basil
- 1 tablespoon chopped marjoram
- 1 tablespoon chopped oregano
- 8 to 10 turns freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
- 2 pounds good-quality lasagna noodles
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pound whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 1/2 pound Parmesan cheese, grated (about 2 1/2 cups)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 5 or 6 gratings of nutmeg
- 5 or 6 turns freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 ½ pounds baby spinach leaves
- 1 pound mozzarella cheese, grated (about 4 cups)
- 1/4 cup julienned basil
- 1 tablespoon chopped marjoram
- 1 tablespoon chopped oregano
- To prepare the ragu, place the tomatoes in a food processor and pulse until chunky. Set aside.
- In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the carrots and onion and cook until the onion is translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add the ground beef, sausage, and pepperoni and season with the salt. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the meat is browned all over, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat as it cooks. Add the tomato paste and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until fragrant.
- Dust the flour over the mixture and stir well to combine. Stir in the reserved tomatoes, basil, marjoram, oregano, black pepper, and chili flakes. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Using a large spoon, skim off any oil that accumulates on the surface. (The ragu can be prepared 2 to 3 days ahead of time; store it in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to use.)
- To prepare the lasagna, in a large stockpot over medium-high heat, bring 2 gallons of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of the salt. Add the lasagna noodles and stir gently to separate. Cook the lasagna noodles until al dente, 8 to 9 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a large bowl of ice water. When the noodles are done, drain them, then plunge them immediately into the ice water for 30 seconds to stop the cooking process. Drain and spread the noodles on a rack.
- In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, half of the Parmesan, the egg, nutmeg, and pepper. Mix well to combine and set aside.
- In a large saut. pan over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, spinach, and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Saut. the spinach until tender and wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and pour off any liquid. Transfer the spinach to a clean kitchen towel and twist it into a ball to squeeze out any excess moisture. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Have ready a heavy 10 x 14 x 3-inch lasagna pan.
- To assemble the lasagna, ladle 1 cup of the ragu into the bottom and around the sides of the pan. Arrange several lasagna noodles on top of the sauce, slightly overlapping them to create an even layer that completely covers the ragu. Spread 2 cups of the ragu over the lasagna noodles, followed by one-third of the ricotta mixture, one-quarter of the mozzarella, and one-third of the spinach.
- Arrange more noodles on top, overlapping to cover the spinach. Spread 2 cups ragu over the noodles, followed by half of the remaining ricotta, one-third of the mozzarella, and half of the spinach. Arrange more noodles on top. Spread 2 cups ragu over them, followed by the remaining ricotta, half of the remaining mozzarella, and the remaining spinach. Arrange more noodles on top. Spread the remaining ragu on top and sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan and the basil, marjoram, and oregano.
- Cover the pan with heavy-grade plastic food wrap (or parchment paper), then wrap the whole pan tightly with aluminum foil. Place the pan on a baking sheet (to catch any drips) in the center of the oven. Bake for 1 hour. Remove the foil and plastic food wrap and bake for 20 minutes longer, until well browned around the edges and bubbling. Finish under the broiler if necessary. Cool for 20 minutes before serving.