Is Less Really More?

August 2, 2008

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Pasta. Cheese. Cream. Layered and heated together until bubbling. This sounded *right* up my alley. At least, that’s what I thought when I saw this recipe: White Lasagne with Parmigiano Besciamella (Lasagne in Bianco) in Gourmet magazine a few months ago.

Pasta. Cheese. Cream. You may be wondering where the “Less” part comes in. *smile* I make many, many kinds of lasagna. Most with tomato sauce and meat and layered vegetables *in addition* to the pasta and cheese and cream. So for me, this recipe really did represent “less”.

What made me really want to try it, was when they talked about its delicate-ness and lightness in the description. I thought, this might be the first lasagna I make that would be a good first course to a meal….or maybe even a side dish for roasted or grilled meats….I’ll give it a try!

So I made it, followed the recipe faithfully—something very unusual for me, but in this instance I thought it was the way to go….and was left eating something not particularly delicate or light…but just bland. It certainly wasn’t bad…but neither did it give you those “let me have just another sliver” or “I seem to have cut it on an angle, let me just trim it and gobble up those scraps” thoughts that any really tasty dish of pasta, cheese and cream, *all melted together*, should have. *Sigh* Guess I should have tinkered a bit.

But…on the positive side, this may give me a canvas (with workable measurements, no less!) to make that light-yet-delectable first-course-heft lasagna that I was hoping for. I’m thinking of adding in a dash of hot sauce, some truffle oil/salt/cheese, perhaps some sauteed mushrooms or spinach, a layer of thinly sliced prosciutto…not all together of course, but any one or two could just be just the thing this recipe needs to sing the way I want it to, while still leaving it in the delicate/light/”less-is-more” category.

I just hope I don’t have too many more failures to report on before I find that just-right combination!

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