Black Forest Ham Maccheroni

Preparation : 2-3 Minutes

Cooking Time : 35 Minutes

Serves : 4 Servings (Kid’s servings = 2 adult’s portions)

Episode : No video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

As I mentioned on my other post that today was the toughest day of my life, for dinner I made 3 completely different dishes. Salmon Salad for my love, Broccoli Parmesan Soup that was requested by Mack. And the last one was Black Forest Ham Maccheroni with Tomato Sauce for Lev. You won’t believe me if I tell you that he ate 2 bowls.

PS. The pic above was his portion.

For this recipe, I used:

250 gr (8-9 oz) of fresh Maccheroni, cooked (it takes 3-4 minutes)

1 Can (450 gr /15 oz) of diced Tomatoes

250 gr (8-9 oz) of Black Forest Ham

1 small piece of Parmesan Rind (if you don’t have, skip it)

2 Cloves of Garlic, miced

Salt, just a bit

A drizzle of Olive Oil

Fresh Parsley, chopped

PS. You can also add some sugar (1 Tsp), but since I cook for my kids, so no sugar. Normally I will add some finely chopped carrots. But I didn’t have any carrots today 😆. If you can’t find Black Forest Ham, just use Pancetta or other kinda ham. I like Black Forest one, because it is very lean and almost no fat. Depending on the saltiness of ham and parmesan rind, taste your sauce before you put salt in it.

Instructions:

  1. Turn on your stove into medium heat.
  2. Drizzle some olive oil so your ham won’t get burn (I used Black Forest one = almost no fat). If you use Pancetta, then you don’t need oil. Put in the Black Forest ham and minced garlic. Stir fry for a minute or so.
  3. Put in the canned tomatoes,  and Parmesan rind. If you cook for yourselves, you should add 1 Tsp of sugar now. Try it first before your put any salt, if you need some, add some then.
  4. Lower the stove heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Turn of the heat and scatter some fresh chopped parsley.
  6. Take some of the Maccheroni pasta and serve with some tomato sauce.
  7. Garnish with some curly parsley (optional). xoxo 😘

Classic Italian Lasagna

Preparation : 15-20 Minutes

Making and Baking : 30-35 and 40-45 Minutes

Servings : Serves 6 to 8 portions

Episode :  (no video available yet)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Who doesn’t love Italian Lasagne. The crispy top with crunchy edge and creamy oozy inside. My husband, Nick is always very happy if there is lasagna on the table. He can just eat it everyday. We love lasagna, and always keep it in the oven if we don’t finish it and Nick will take some to go to work for his lunch.

I’ve made so many different kinds of lasagna and I’d love to share with you this recipe.

I used this Ikea Casserole dish, to be honest, I don’t know the size (sorry).

List of the ingredients:

Barilla lasagna sheets

500 gr Ground Beef

2 German Sausages (picante), can’t find Italian sausages and I think they taste quite the same. Remove from the casing.

2 Carrots, finely chopped.

2 Celery Stalks, finely chopped.

1 Onion, finely chopped.

3 Cloves of Garlic, chopped.

2 Cans of chopped tomatoes.

1 Can of crushed tomato.

2 Tbsp of Tomato paste.

1 Cup of beef stock (you can also use  1 Tbsp of beef bouillon and mix with warm water).

1 Tbsp of sugar.

Salt and Pepper, to taste.

1-2 Tbsp of Italian Seasoning.

3 Bay leaves (take them out later otherwise it will taste weird/bitter).

1 Cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

1 Cup of freshly grated Mozarella cheese.

1 Cup of Ricotta cheese.

Some Olive Oil.

Freshly chopped parsley for garnishing.

*If you don’t want to grate your own cheese, you can also get a bag of Cheese for Casserole (very common in Germany to use those kinds of cheese).

How to make your lasagna:

  1. Into my pan on medium high heat (you can also use a dutch oven or anything higher on the sides because you’re making the lasagna sauce) put some olive oil. Put chopped onion, carrots and celery. Cook for about 3-5 minutes.  Put your ground beef, Italian/German sausages, and garlic inside. Mix all of them together. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Toss in all of the canned tomatoes (chopped and crushed ones), beef stock and the tomato paste. Mix well. Lower the heat into low medium.
  3. Add in the Italian Seasoning, I love it so much sometimes I add in 2 Tbsp 🙂 and then the bay leaves. Cook for about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Don’t cook the lasagna sheets, trust me!
  5. During the time preheat the oven to 360 F (180 Celsius). My oven is slightly hotter than other people’s, I have no idea why.
  6. To assemble, get a ladle spoon and your casserole dish. Spread some ricotta cheese with a spoon, sprinkle parmesan, mozzarela, add some sauce and lay lasagne sheets (mine was about 4 sheets. Repeat until your casserole is full or your sauce and cheese are done. But save some cheese for the top part tho, otherwise you’ll bake the sheets and you don’t want that.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes and after that I turn my oven into 200 C (400 F) and bake for about 5 minutes. Garnish it with some parsley.
  8. Enjoy your lasagna with a glass of good Chianti or Barolo. Enjoy!

P.S. Above is the pic before the oven

xoxo