What makes a lasagna epic?
I, Jameson Fink, was wondering this morning when Mike proclaimed today’s lasagna to be so. And this comment came from a no-hyperbole zone. The last time I experienced something so epic wine-wise was a serendipitous day in St. Helena where I got to drink 1991, 1993, 1995, and 2001 Corison Winery Cabernet Sauvignon out of magnums. Unicorns were involved in luring me there. The story on my blog.
Back to the lasagna, constructed with these key players:
- sheets of basil pasta
- not one, but two different types of roasted squash
- parsnip puree
OK, I’m on board with the epic nature of this dish as part of the somewhat regular (but don’t quote me on it) weekend-starting tradition that is BAKED PASTA FRIDAY. But a significant portion of the epicness comes not just from the Il Corvo Pasta kitchen, but also from the good folks at Local Roots Farm, located in the Snoqualmie river valley about 20 miles outside of Seattle. They are responsible for the aforementioned vegetables in this lasagna.
I am a big fan of Local Roots. Every Sunday that I visit the Farmers Market on Capitol Hill, I have a chat with Jason about something unique from the farm. A few weeks ago there was a particularly tender and beautiful type of radicchio that I was not familiar with. I asked Jason how he would prepare it and he said, “It’s fantastic in a salad with Asian pears.” He must have some kind of clairvoyant and/or supernatural powers, as I had just purchased said fruit. But they were in a paper bag! How did he know? Can he see through things like Superman?!? Superfarmer?
For fans of unbaked yet equally epic heights-reaching pasta, there is bucatini with Bolognese. And cavatelli with a puttanesca containing Castelvetrano olives, capers, anchovies, chilis, tomatoes, and garlic. You know, all the things that make life worth living.
BONUS! A fourth pasta to make this day extra epic. Spaghetti tossed with a melange of toasted pumpkin seeds, toasted garlic, paprika, chilis, and olive oil. So much epicness, Friday needs to be like a 32 hour day!