Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Asparagus-Pesto Lasagna



from Vegetarian Times; April 2006
Serves 10

1/3 cup all purpose flour
3-1/2 cups low fat milk, divided
6 Tbsps pesto, or more to taste*
2 Tbsps. Grated Parmesan, plus additional for garnish, optional
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
2 tsp olive oil
1-1/4 lb. asparagus spears, tips cut off and reserved, spears trimmed and chopped into 1/4” pieces
1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 tsp)
16 no-cook lasagna noodles (9 oz)**
(I used 9 noodles)
2 cups shredded Fontina or part-skim mozzarella (8 oz), divided

1. Preheat oven to 350. Whisk flour and ½ cup milk in saucepan until smooth. Gradually whisk in remaining milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, and boil 1 minute until thickened. Remove from heat: stir in pesto, parmesan, salt and pepper. Reserve one cup of the white sauce.

2. Warm oil in a large nonstick skillet over med-high heat. Add chopped asparagus (not tips) and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, cook, stirring, 1 minute and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

3. Coat 13 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray. Place layer of noodles in dish, overlapping slightly. Layer with half of cooked asparagus, ¾ cup cheese and half of sauce. Add another layer of pasta, remaining sauce, remaining cooked asparagus, and ¾ cup cheese. Top with a layer of noodles, then with reserved cup of white sauce. Arrange reserved asparagus tipes over top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

4. Bake, uncovered. 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden. Let stand 10 minutes; serve with additional grated parmesan, if desired.

* Look for the freshest, most flavorful pesto in the refrigerator section of the supermaket, packed in vacuum sealed bags or plastic tubs.

**Using no-boil noodles, they expand so much, I don't overlap them when laying them in the pan. The noodles I used, I ended up only using 9 of them-three per layer, so use what fits your pan best.

2 comments:

Andy said...

ok, I made this on Sunday. My mother-in-law came down and my wife and 2 daughters all had this on Monday night. They all loved it, even the girls! My wife commented that maybe I should have had some sauce on the very bottom as the bottom noodles were a little tough. I'm eating it right now and I think it's great! I used all 12 noodles. I also used 2 bundles of asparagus, though I forget how much that even was before I snapped the ends off.

Definitely a keeper!

Erika said...

Awesome Andy! So glad you liked it. I wondered about putting sauce on the bottom as well, although mine didn't come out tough at all.

I'll bet two bunches of asparagus was even better- that was my only issue with it was that it could have used more asparagus.

Thanks for the review!