Stretchy pants. Nap time. Food coma.
Three things that are either necessary, or going to happen on Thanksgiving. While stretchy pants and naps do happen to be awesome, the whole food coma due to a crazy amount of food intake... that I can pass on.
How about some comfort food that doesn't require those three things? Okay, well, stretchy pants are always optional. Always.
Don't worry. You won't notice that all those calories are missing. In fact, you'll think this cheesy creamy lasagna is full of them. Good thing it's not true.
And shhh... don't tell. It's vegetarian. Not to mention hubby approved. True story.
Spinach, Mushroom, & Pesto LasagnaAdapted from:
9 lasagna noodles
10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups onion, diced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups 1 % milk
1 1/2 cups half & half
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons basil pesto
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together spinach, ricotta, egg, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
Heat butter and oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook onions and red pepper flakes until onions soften, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic, cooking until mushrooms release their moisture and most of it cooks off, 5-7 minutes. Whisk in flour, coating vegetables. Cook 1-2 minutes. Pour in milk and half & half. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently to prevent milk from burning. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in 3/4 cup pesto.
In the prepared baking dish, spread the remaining pesto across the bottom. Place 3 lasagna noodles across the pesto, topping with 1/3 of the ricotta mixture. Add 1/3 of the pesto sauce followed by 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Repeat twice more for a total of three layers. Sprinkle the top of the final layer with Parmesan.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until top is bubbly and golden brown. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
We are so used to regular lasagna, that the pesto cream sauce really added a great different dimension to the dish. I might have suggested adding in sausage or chicken to this dish, and we both agreed it would actually take away rather than enhance the dish. Let's just say that the leftovers weren't left sitting in the fridge for over a week only to make it into the trash. Nope, pretty sure the entire casserole dish was gone much much faster than that. Which is saying something for only 2 people.
|Serving Size 244g|
|Amount per serving|
|Calories 372||Calories from fat 147|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 16.3g||25%|
|Saturated Fat 8.8g||44%|
|Total Carbs 35.0g||12%|
|Vitamin A 57%||Vitamin C 15%|
|Calcium 44%||Iron 7%|