To speed the process, I used a bottled, seasoned tomato sauce - I have to admit, it was excellent - instead of making the from-scratch slow-simmered lasagna sauce I usually do (see Index for Main Dish: Lasagna/My All-Time Favorite) posted June 6, 2012. The recipe below makes a large, family-size lasagna - so delicious that it’s suitable for a family dinner or for entertaining. Naturally, you’ll cut down the cost if you cut down the size.
1 lb. (454 g) artificial crab (or any sturdy white fish such as cod, pollock, haddock, etc.)
7 oz. (200 g) salmon fillets (or snapper or other firm-fleshed fish of your choice)
2 tbsp. butter or margarine
¼ large, green bell pepper (also called a capsicum sweet pepper), diced
1 medium onion, chopped
One 5-½ oz. (156 mL) can tomato paste
One 25 oz. (739 mL) jar tomato-and-basil pasta sauce
½ tsp. dried basil
¼ tsp. pepper
6 lasagna noodles, cooked as package directs (see Note)
12 oz. (340 g) Mozzarella cheese, grated
¼ c. Parmesan cheese, grated (see Further Note)
Preheat oven to 350 deg. F. Partially thaw seafood, cutting into 1-in. pieces. Melt butter on medium heat in large skillet, stirring in green pepper and onion until onion is translucent. Reduce heat to medium-low, stirring in tomato paste, pasta sauce, and seasonings. Simmer 5 min. Add seafood, simmering a further 5 min. Criss-cross a layer of half the noodles into a 9x13-in. greased casserole, topping with half the seafood mixture and half the mozzarella. Repeat layers, topping with Parmesan. Bake, uncovered, 25-to-30 min., until bubbly and golden brown. Serves 6-to-8.
Note: Lasagna noodles freeze well. I cooked too many when I made my beef Lasagna last month, so froze them flat in a zippered plastic bag. I heated the bag in a bowl of hot water to thaw them.
Further Note: I feel the flavor of fresh Parmesan is superior to the prepackaged, powdered, shake-on kind you buy in the supermarket.
|Stir-fry onion and green pepper in butter|
|Add a jar of tomato-basil sauce - any quality brand will do|
|Add tomato paste and seasonings, combining well. Simmer 5 min.|
|Add seafood, simmering further 5 min.|
|Place criss-crossed layer of lasagna noodles in greased casserole|
|Add half seafood mixture|
|And half mozzarella|
|Repeat layering, top with Parmesan, and bake|