Lasagna Al Pesto

8
Servings
35-45m
Prep Time
25m
Cook Time
1h
Ready In


"I remember seeing this recipe on television about 15+ years ago. Since then, I have not forgotten it and had often thought about it. I had looked for it on the internet and on foodnetwork to no avail. However, I just found a printed copy from a stash I had printed at the time. This recipe was presented on some special programming shot from Italia, and if my memory serves me right, a professional chef from a well-known restaurant or was it someone who owned a vineyard (something like that) instructed how to make it. It looked wonderful and an excellent way to use an abundance of basil. In addition to the basil, it incorporates fresh green beans and potatoes. This recipe includes making your own homemade lasagna noodles, but to save time, good quality noodles would serve its purpose."

Original recipe yields 8 servings
OK
  • FOR PESTO SAUCE
  • FOR FRESH LASAGNA (can use store-bought, to save time)

Nutritional

  • Serving Size: 1 (229.7 g)
  • Calories 507.3
  • Total Fat - 31.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 238.9 mg
  • Sodium - 324.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 34.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.1 g
  • Sugars - 2.4 g
  • Protein - 22.2 g
  • Calcium - 279.1 mg
  • Iron - 3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

NOTE: This dish is not your average lasagna, where you would bake it in the oven. It is a summer-type of lasagna. The noodles are intended to be thin which helps it from not being heavy and glompy. However, if you want to save time in not having to make your own pasta, a good quality lasagna noodle would work.


Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the potatoes then the beans in the water, cooking each until just tender. Drain the potatoes and slip off the skins. Drain the beans and refresh them in ice water.

Step 2

Refill the pot with salted water. Cook the pasta sheets 1 at a time, just until tender. Drain each sheet and lay on clean towels. Cover with additional towels to keep warm.

Step 3

Coat the bottom of a 9 by 13-inch serving dish with a thin layer of pesto. Cover the pesto with a 1/3 of the warm lasagne noodles. Spread pesto over the pasta. Break the potatoes up into bite-size pieces and put half of them and half the beans on top. Dollop, half of the ricotta cheese, if using, by tablespoon fulls. Arrange another layer of pasta over the beans and potatoes, cover with pesto, another layer of beans and potatoes, ricotta (if using), then a final layer of pasta. Cover the lasagne with Parmigiano-Reggiano (and a light coating of pesto (if desired and if you have any left), cut and serve. (refer to NOTE, below).

Pesto Sauce


Step 4

Place the basil leaves, garlic, and pine nuts in a mortar or food processor. Grind or pulse until the leaves are finely chopped. Gradually incorporate the Parmigiano Reggiano, ricotta and yoghurt. Then, work in the oil, adding it in a steady stream. Season the pesto to taste with salt and pepper.

Fresh Lasagne


Step 5

Mix the flour with the salt and mound them on a clean work surface. Create a well in the center of the flour mound. Add the eggs and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the well. Lightly beat the eggs with the oil. Using the fingers of one hand, begin incorporating the dry ingredients into the wet, drawing flour into the well in a circular motion. Use the other hand to protect the outer wall. Work the flour mixture into the egg mixture until the dough forms a ball (if the dough doesn't come together add a drop or two of water). Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Brush the surface with the remaining olive oil, wrap the dough in plastic wrap; and set aside to rest for about 30 minutes.

Step 6

Cut the ball of dough in half. Wrap and reserve the piece you are not immediately using to prevent it from drying out. Dust the counter and dough with a little flour. Form the dough into a rectangle and roll it through a pasta machine, 2 or 3 times, at the widest setting. Pull and stretch the sheet of dough with the palm of your hand as it emerges from the rollers. Reduce the setting and crank the dough through again, 2 or 3 times. Continue tightening until the machine is at the narrowest setting: the dough should be paper-thin, about 1/8-inch thick. Make 4 pieces, about 20-inches long and 6-inches wide. Lay the lasagne sheets out on a clean dry surface and allow them to dry slightly (about 10 minutes) before using.

NOTE: One of the reviewers noted that they warmed it in a 250 F oven which did not hurt the final product in any way and found that it blended both the potato and pesto nicely. It's intended to be slightly warm, not piping hot. I heated it in a 300-degree oven until hot and it came out fine.


Tips & Variations


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