Thursday, August 19, 2010
1 pound lasagna sheets (Homemade or Dried)
4 cups Balsamella (white sauce)
3 cups cheese: All Parmigiana or 1/2 Parmigiana and 1/2 melting cheese such as Mozzarella, Fontina, or other.
6 cups vegetables in season sliced thin or chopped small, plus herbs and aromatics to accompany I also like to add 1/2 cup white wine to hem at the end for added flavor.
Topping: Melt 1 tablespoon butter and mix with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Mix 1/8 cup Parmesan cheese and 1 thick slice bread processed into crumbs together as well.
Preheat oven to 350
Cook the pasta until just under done and drain or use the non pre-boil type of pasta. Split these into 3 even piles.
Spread some olive oil in a large lasagna type pan.
In a large skillet saute the aromatics and then vegetables until tender, 10-15 minutes. Add wine and cook out alcohol for a minute. Add salt and pepper to taste, set aside and reserve the cleaned, dried, and chopped fresh herbs for the layering.
Spread 11/2 cups of the sauce over the pasta sheets.
Spread on half the veggies and sprinkle on half the fresh herbs.
Repeat another final layer. Reserving 1 cup of sauce for topping.
On top place the final pasta sheets, the 1 cup of sauce and drizzle the oil and butter covering the sheets completely and then dust on the bread crumb and cheese mixture.
Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes, remove foil and bake for 15-20 minutes more, or until golden and bubbly!
Vegetable/Herb/Cheese Suggestions: These are just some suggestions but the possibilities are endless!
Thinly sliced zucchini, onion & garlic, parsley, and Parmigiana.
Mushrooms, thyme, leeks, and Comte or Gruyere.
Pesto and Parmigiana.
Spinach, Parmigiana, and Fontina.
Winter Squash (parboiled) or sweet potatoes diced, thyme, bacon, and no cheese just the sauce, so yummy!
Asparagus (Use tips only and boil instead of sauteing), Parmigiana, and mozzarella.
Or, how about skipping the veggies all together and nestling chunks of chicken in between layers of white sauce, fresh herbs, and cheese.......
Of course you can use really any seasonal vegetables have creating your own signature vegetable lasagna!