Food & Drink

March 24, 2011

South Florida Food and Wine Weekend Kitchen with Marco Vico of Cafe Vico

This week’s recipe for the South Florida Food and Wine Pairing is the award winning Lasagna Bolognese from Cafe Vico Ristorante in Fort Lauderdale. There are five steps to this recipe but don’t let the time consumption steer you away from making this dish. I recommend making it on Saturday afternoon and invite some friends over for dinner. The secret to this “award winning” recipe is in the sauce, isn’t it always?! So fair warned, don’t skip the double sauce steps. The wine pairing is an easy and light Sangiovese. I chose this style of wine because of the dominance of the alfredo sauce in this recipe. The Santa Cristina 2008 Sangiovese is a light drinking wine with lots of cherries, plums and oak on both the palate and nose and very light on the tannins making this an enjoyable quaff with Cafe Vico’s Lasagna. This wine retails for under $15.

Cafe Vico Ristorante’s Lasagna Bolognese

Ingredients
4 pieces of fresh pasta sheets, about 14×11 in
1.5 lbs of sliced mozzarella cheese
Bolognese sauce (below)
Alfredo sauce (below)
Ground Parmesan cheese

Bolognese sauce ingredients
1/2 cup of olive oil
3 lbs lean ground beef
3 cups ground carrots (use food processor)
3 cups ground white onions (use food processor)
3 cups ground celery (use food processor)
2 cups marinara sauce
2 cups alfredo sauce
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp ground pepper
2 tbsp corn starch

Bolognese sauce preparation
Start heating the olive oil in a large cooking pan at medium heat, add the celery, onions, and carrots, and saute for 5 minutes. Then add the ground beef and let cook for an additional 10 minutes, until browned.
Drain the liquid and add the marinara, Alfredo sauce, salt, and pepper; mix well; and cook for 20 minutes. Add the corn starch and stir until it becomes thick.

Alfredo sauce ingredients
1/4 cup butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Alfredo Sauce Preparation
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes, then add garlic and cheese and whisk quickly, heating through.

Lasagna Bolognese Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Use a baking pan approx 11×14. To assemble, spread 1 cup marinara sauce in the bottom of the pan. Arrange one pasta sheet lengthwise over the sauce, spread a third of Bolognese sauce and top with 1/3 of mozzarella cheese slices. Top with second sheet of pasta, second third of Bolognese and so forth. Finish by covering with mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil that has been greased or sprayed with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving. To finish, cut the portions, topped with Alfredo sauce and some Parmesan cheese.

Cafe Vico Restaurant
1125 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33304
954-565-9681

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