Cooking Class: Passover Lasagna, Italian Style Layered Matzah Pie with Jennifer Abadi

Cooking Class: Passover Lasagna, Italian Style Layered Matzah Pie with Jennifer Abadi


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A new and delicious way to prepare lasagna for Passover without using noodles!

Passover is one of the most loved holidays in the Jewish calendar and celebrated by those from all streams of Judaism. While most Jewish holidays have particular foods associated with each celebration, the commandment to eat special foods (such as the unleavened “cracker-bread” called matzah) or reject others (such as basic leavened bread) gives food a central role in the observance of Passover.

Lasagna di Pane Azzimo is a Jewish-Italian twist on the traditional lasagna, replacing every day long flat pasta strips with softened matzah squares that when baked resemble a type of kugel or layered pie. Whether you are looking for a Passover-friendly meal for the week-long holiday, or are interested in learning how to prepare a simple vegetarian dish all year round, this will become your go-to pie!

Led by Sephardic and Middle Eastern food instructor, recipe preserver, and cookbook author Jennifer Abadi, this interactive hands-on cooking seminar will teach you how to work with matzah as a key ingredient in a new and creative way. Designed to inspire those who love learning about other cuisines and cultures, participants come away with a new understanding of Passover foods. (And you don’t have to be Jewish— or Italian—to enjoy it!)

 

Below are the items you’ll want to participate in this class. We will email attendees the full recipe with measurements and instructions prior to the class so that you can pre-measure ingredients before joining.

Ingredients:

Yield: Serves 4 to 6 / Makes Nine 3-inch Squares

For Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped yellow onions (about 2½ medium onions)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped flat leaf (Italian) parsley
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes (about 3 cups)

For Cheese Layers:

  • 2 cups whole milk pot cheese, Farmer’s cheese, cottage cheese (4% fat, preferred), or whole milk ricotta
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1¼ pounds grated whole milk or part-skim mozzarella cheese

For Matzah Layers:

  • 14 to 16 squares of regular (not egg) matzahs/matzos
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, for brushing each matzah layer
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling on the topmost layer

Special equipment

We don’t list every item you’ll need here (e.g., standard items like knives, bowls, cutting boards). But we do our best to identify items that may not be in every kitchen and alternatives where possible.

  • Measuring cups and measuring spoons
  • Chef’s/chopping knife and large cutting board
  • Large skillet and spoon
  • Large mixing bowl and spoon
  • 1 pastry brush
  • 2 dampened kitchen towels (about 16”x16”)
  • Two 9-inch square baking pan

Jennifer Abadi is a native New Yorker, born, bred, and raised on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She is half Sephardic (Aleppo, Syria) and half Ashkenazic (Riga, Latvia). She is a researcher, developer, and preserver of Judeo-Arabic and Sephardic recipes and food customs, focusing on the Jewish communities of the Middle East, Mediterranean, Central Asia, and North Africa. She is the author of two cookbooks: "Too Good To Passover: Sephardic & Judeo-Arabic Seder Menus and Memories from Africa, Asia, and Europe" and "A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes From Grandma Fritzie's Kitchen." Jennifer teaches cooking at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and at the Jewish Community Center Manhattan (JCC), as well as privately. Jennifer has been providing Jewish Food & Culture tours on Manhattan’s Lower East Side for Context Travel since 2012.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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