Giada De Laurentiis from The Food Network offers classic Italian recipes for lasagna and turkey meatballs, each with a combined preparation and cooking time of less than 90 minutes. She includes recipes for tomato sauce for each dish, as well as a bechamel sauce for the lasagna.Continue Reading
For the Italian lasagna recipe, Giada starts by first preparing a bechamel sauce made with butter, flour and milk combined with a simple tomato sauce and nutmeg. She adds this sauce to a baking dish and layers cooked lasagna sheets, a ricotta cheese mixture, spinach and a ground beef mixture. She tops the lasagna with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and more bechamel sauce, then bakes in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese and sauce are bubbling.
Giada De Laurentiis prepares the classic Italian turkey meatballs by combining ground turkey with breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, onion and spices. She blends the ingredients and forms 1 1/2-inch balls placed on a non-stick cooking sheet and baked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, or until cooked through. She then prepares a tomato sauce that includes fennel seeds, onion, garlic, basil and oregano. She heats the meatballs in the sauce until they are heated through. If cooks find the sauce too thick, the recipe allows for thinning with chicken stock.Learn more about Cooking