Neely Veggie Pesto Lasagna

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2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 yellow squash, diced
1 zucchini, diced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
Pinch of sugar, optional
1 (15-ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
7 ounces store-bought pesto
1 box no-boil lasagna noodles
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Fresh basil, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the yellow squash and zucchini and cook, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes more. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce; bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Add salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar, if necessary.

In a large bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, spinach, pesto and season with pepper.

Grease the bottom and sides of your lasagna dish with butter. Spread a little of the tomato sauce on the bottom of the pan. Lay 4 noodles across the bottom of the baking dish, overlapping by 1/2-inch. Spread 1/3 of the ricotta and pesto mixture evenly on top. Sprinkle with about a 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Ladle about 1 cup of sauce on top. Repeat layering in the same order. Layer the top layer of noodles and drizzle with the remaining sauce, then sprinkle with the Parmesan and remaining mozzarella. Cover with foil and bake in the center of the oven until the sauce is bubbling around the edges, about 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes more. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

ZUCCHINI PARMIGIANA Parmigiana di Zucchine from Lidia

Zucchini is such a convenient and delicious vegetable. It is inexpensive, and you can find it -year–round, although it is best in the summer. In this delicious and simple recipe, the zucchini is baked into a parmigiana but does not have the traditional frying step. I like using a large baking pan and making just one layer; this way, the zucchini will dry up more in the oven, 1090and you will have more of the crispy cheese top, which everybody loves.

2 pounds medium zucchini
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 ounces sliced -whole–wheat bread
4 cups Marinara Sauce (page 80)
2 cups shredded -low–moisture mozzarella
1 cup Grana Padano or -Parmigiano–Reggiano
¼ cup chopped fresh basil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the whole zucchini, and bring back to a boil. Simmer until the zucchini are almost tender throughout, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool, and slice lengthwise into -½–inch–thick slices. Season with the salt.

Grease a -9–by–13–inch baking dish with the butter, and fit the bread in one layer into the bottom, trimming to fit if necessary.

Layer as follows: Spread the bread with 2 cups of the marinara sauce. Arrange half of the zucchini in an even layer. Sprinkle with half of the mozzarella and Grana Padano. Sprinkle with all of the basil. Arrange the remaining zucchini in an even layer. Spread with the remaining marinara, and top with the remaining mozzarella and Grana Padano. Bake, uncovered, until browned and bubbly, about 35 to 40 minutes.

 

Florentine Lasagna by Terry

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1 pound spinach — fresh
1 pound mushroom — fresh sliced
1 cup onion — chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup bechamel sauce
nutmeg — fresh
15 ounces ricotta cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese — freshly grated
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon basil — dried
1 tablespoon oregano — dried
1 package lasagna noodles — fresh
3 cups mozzarella cheese — fresh
1 can tomato sauce — small size

Blanch the spinach, drain pressing out excess moisture and set aside.
Saute the sliced mushrooms until they release their moisture and it cooks
off. Add the onions and saute until they are transparent. Add the garlic.
Add a little more oil if needed, a couple of tablespoons of flour and cook
for a few minutes. Add milk to make your bechamel. Make sure it’s rather
thick. Taste and add a generous grating of fresh nutmeg. Set aside until
cool.

Cook the lasagne noodles until just slightly underdone. Drain.
Mix ricotta, 1/2 of the Parmesan, egg, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano.(Rub
the basil and oregano between your hands as you add it to release the
natural oils).

Add the cooled spinach mixture to the ricotta mixture and combine gently.

Oil the bottom of your baking pan with a little olive oil. Start your layers
with the noodles then the ricotta-spinach mixture and so forth until you
have about 4 layers.ending with a noodle layer Top with the remaining
Parmesan cheese. Add the mozzarella cheese. I used the marinated fresh
mozzarella which has a wonderful basil flavor. I get it at the deli counter
at my supermarket. They are the small balls about the size of a large
marble. I slice them up and arrange on top of the lasagne. Add one small can
of tomato sauce. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350F for 1 hour.

Remove from the oven after 1 hour and let it rest for 30 minutes before
cutting.
You can assemble this a day ahead if you like. It’s always wonderful
reheated.

The important thing with this recipe is to use all fresh ingredients. If you
can’t buy the fresh lasagna noodles you can use the dry but It would not be
as tasty. Serves 6