I made my very first lasagna completely from scratch a couple of weeks ago! What was one the main ingredients in the sauce, you ask?? WINE, WINE, and WINE. Not only did it provide a great flavour, it gave the sauce a lot more depth and colour as well. Take a look-see:
- Drizzle of olive oil
- 4 celery sticks, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic gloves, grated finely
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 1200g ground turkey breast
- 2/3 a bottle of red wine (I used a Copper Moon Moonlight Harvest Shiraz)
- a cup of chicken stock
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chili flakes to taste
First, I cooked the celery, onion and carrots together in the oil for a while and then added the garlic and rosemary. Once they were all nice and warm and cozy, I added the turkey and cooked until almost all the pink was gone. Add the wine (Whatever you decide to do with the remaining 1/3 bottle is up to you ) and cook until it reduces down, almost an hour. Lastly, add the tomatoes, stock and spices and cook for about two hours.
This is a nice, slow cooked sauce that is very forgiving and deliciously tasty. Give it a try and incorporate it into your lasagna or serve it alone on a bed of pasta with a nice bottle of red!