A Simple Italian Dinner
Homemade Tomato Soup
Homemade Oregano Bread & House Salad
Homemade Spinach Lasagna
Are you insane? I’m too tired for small talk and dessert.
Dinner tonight was fueled in part by major doses of procrastination. That’s not to say the meal required hours of toil, both sweat and blood, but rather that many off-the-grocery-store-shelf or from-the-bakery components were replaced with their homemade counterparts. At any point in time you can replace the homemade with store bought products. Of course, it all depends on how much procrastinating you see in your future before you can successfully put out a beautiful scrumptious meal.
Let’s start with the Classic No-Frills Tomato Soup:
1 Teaspoon Oregano
A pinch of pepper
2 cups of water
1 Teaspoon Salt
Bring all of these ingredients to a boil and let it bubble for about 20 mins. Using a sleeve separate the liquid (soup stock) from the solids (discombobulated tomatoes). Save the liquids in a container. Throw the solids into a blender and let it go. Please don’t go with the flow and add some tequila. It’s soup, not margaritas. I know too many people who have never used a blender for any other purpose. Strain the almost soup from the blender with a strainer into a pot. At this point, the soup will be fairly thick. If that’s the way you want to leave it by all means feel free to do so. For those who want a liquidy soup add the strained soup stock until it reaches the thickness you desire. Bring the soup to a boil. Add one tablespoon of butter. Add salt to taste if necessary.
Just in case, you’ve hit the end of your procrastinating or hit the wall because your impending deadline just sunk in. Feel free to stop here and enjoy the soup with a grilled cheese sandwich.
If you have a little more mojo left in you: let’s start a 6 layer lasagna.
6 strips of lasagna (more depending on the size of your casserole)
Here are the layers:
Ricotta Cheese & Fresh Chopped Basil Leaves
Tomato sauce (the recipe for a marinara sauce is under Red Pepper Pizza)
Sprinkle the last layer of tomato sauce with mozzarella cheese.
At this point I’m about to collapse and I haven’t even start my actually work as yet. Oh well.