Egg Pasta Dough
31/2 cups sifted flour (I used 1 1/4 cups whole wheat spelt and the rest white flour)
5 eggs (here is where I substituted about 2 tablespoons white wine for one of the eggs)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Put the flour into a large bowl or on your counter, and make a well in the center. Beat the eggs, oil, salt and wine together in a bowl, then pour into your flour well. Mix the flour into the eggs a little at a time until all blended; then knead with both hands until smooth and firm. Cover with cling wrap and let it rest for a half hour or so. Then you can divide it into four parts, covering the balls you aren't working on while rolling out the other. With our humidity, it worked out better not to use the moist towel covering technique. If you live in a dry climate, you may want to follow the direction to cover the dough with a warm dampened towel.
Roll out to lasagna thickness, then cut into 3" squares (I made mine a bit larger) and set on a towel, lightly dusted with flour, or on a baking tray, separating the layers with sheets of waxed or parchment paper. Bring your large pot of water to a boil meanwhile. Add about 1 tablespoon salt.
Poach the squares, maybe 5 - 6 at a time, and when they float to the top, after a minute or so there, or al dente, remove with a slotted spoon onto a cloth lined cookie sheet. Now you can put together your Improv Lasagna, with whatever you like. Left-over ham, or braised pork loin? You can do Lasagna Napoletana. Chicken handy? You have the makings of Lasagna Cacciatora, and etc. Mine came closest to Lasagna Partenope, from the above mentioned book. Had never realized the number of possibilities for lasagna variations.
Now layer and bake (if you're doing a baked version) at 350 F, for about 40 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly. Serve with some garlic bread and a nice green salad. The various cheeses turned out to be a yummy combination with the meaty marinara sauce. We'll be bringing this to the great Pasta Potluck on the web, Presto Pasta Nights, faithfully maintained for years now, by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast, and hosted this week by Amy of Very Culinary. Check out all the very creative cooking there.