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French Style Lasagna

This French style lasagna has a ratatouille and Crème fraîche.

Lasagna is a very special dish in our house.  I only make it a few times a year, because it takes quite a bit of time to prepare. I love to make it on a Sunday afternoon, so we have a nice big Sunday supper.

I’ve got my one favorite lasagna recipe, but I like to change it up once in a while. This time, I took my inspiration from French cuisine and made lasagna filled with ratatouille.

To get this recipe started, I make a simple ratatouille in my big skillet with eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, onions and red bell peppers. After they are tender, I add canned chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce and lots of herbs. If you want to add even more flavor to this ratatouille sauce, add about 1 cup Bordeaux wine, and let the sauce thicken back up before using in lasagna.
To layer the lasagna, I start with ¼ of the sauce, then noodles, more sauce and sliced fresh mozzarella. lasagna-3
The next layers are more noodles, more sauce and then Crème fraîche. lasagna-4
Finish with another layer of noodles, more sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. lasagna-5
Then bake for 30 minutes, covered in aluminum foil and uncover for the last 15 minutes of baking and cook until golden brown and bubbly. lasagna-6
Wait for 1 minute before cutting into the lasagna. Serve with a simple salad. lasagna-7 bpd

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