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PUTTANESCA PESTO LASAGNA

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Every year I make this lasagna at Jade’s request for breaking of the fast. I make 2 huge dishes and it is the first thing to go.

People call me for weeks afterwards, asking for the recipe. So I am sharing it with you.

The secret is… it is all about the cheese. I use only the best, softest mozzarella and a good quality Reggiano Parmesan.

I also love the way the capers and the olives in the Puttanesca sauce add something special to this dish.

And the final key to the dishes success is cooking it long enough to let it develop a golden, crispy, cheesy crust on top.

It’s defiantly a rich and decadent dish but if you are going to indulge this is the dish to splurge on.

Enjoy the ooey, gooey, cheesy goodness xxx Chef MM

PUTTANESCA PESTO LASAGNA

US (Imperial)

Print Ingredients

10 TBS butter
6 cups of room temperature milk (better to use whole milk
but can use 2%)
½ cup flour
Coarse Salt & Black Pepper to taste
Pinch ground nutmeg
16 oz box of flat lasagna noodle
Olive oil to boil pasta
25 oz bottle of store bought Puttanesca sauce
7 oz bottle of store bought pesto sauce
16 oz log of fresh mozzarella
1 ½ cups freshly grated Reggiano parmesan

InstructionsFOR THE PASTA

Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add a generous amount of salt & olive oil. Add the noodles in batches of 10 to avoid them sticking together. Stir occasionally and boil the noodles for 5-6 minutes to soften. Place them onto a dish cloth and repeat with the remaining noodles.

FOR THE SAUCE

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk to dissolve. Whisk in room temperature milk. Increase the heat to medium-high. Whisk the sauce until it comes to a simmer and is thick and smooth, about 7 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

TO ASSEMBLE

Butter a baking dish. Pour in 1/3 of Puttenesca sauce to cover the bottom of the dish. Add a layer of lasagna sheets, 1/3 of the béchamel sauce & another layer of lasagna. Top with mozzarella broken into pieces, ½ the bottle of pesto and remaining Puttenesca sauce. Top with lasagna sheets, 1/3 of the béchamel sauce, lasagna sheets, béchamel, and remaining ½ bottle of pesto. Cover wish freshly grated parmesan.

Preheat the oven to 450 F

Cover tightly with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese on top becomes golden brown & crispy (about 30 minutes longer). Let stand for 10 minutes.

CHEF’S TIP
Use room temp butter and milk so béchamel sauce thickens quickly. If you use cold milk & butter it will take sauce longer to cook.

Cook lasagna noodles in batches so they don’t stick together.

Can be made ahead and refrigerated. Best not to freeze but can freeze & thaw before cooking.

SERVES 10-12

EU (Metric)

Print Ingredients

10 TBS butter
6 cups of room temperature milk (better to use whole milk
but can use 2%)
½ cup flour
Coarse Salt & Black Pepper to taste
Pinch ground nutmeg
450 g box of flat lasagna noodle
Olive oil to boil pasta
700 g bottle of store bought Puttanesca sauce
190g bottle of store bought pesto sauce
450 g log of fresh mozzarella
1 ½ cups Freshly grated reggiano parmesan

InstructionsFOR THE PASTA

Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add a generous amount of salt & olive oil. Add the noodles in batches of 10 to avoid them sticking together. Stir occasionally and boil the noodles for 5-6 minutes to soften. Place them onto a dish cloth and repeat with the remaining noodles.

FOR THE SAUCE

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk to dissolve. Whisk in room temperature milk. Increase the heat to medium-high. Whisk the sauce until it comes to a simmer and is thick and smooth, about 7 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

TO ASSEMBLE

Butter a baking dish. Pour in 1/3 of Puttenesca sauce to cover the bottom of the dish. Add a layer of lasagna sheets, 1/3 of the béchamel sauce & another layer of lasagna. Top with mozzarella broken into pieces, ½ the bottle of pesto and remaining Puttenesca sauce. Top with lasagna sheets, 1/3 of the béchamel sauce, lasagna sheets, béchamel, and remaining ½ bottle of pesto. Cover wish freshly grated parmesan.

Preheat the oven to 230 C.

Cover tightly with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese on top becomes golden brown & crispy (about 30 minutes longer). Let stand for 10 minutes.

CHEF’S TIP
Use room temp butter and milk so béchamel sauce thickens quickly. If you use cold milk & butter it will take sauce longer to cook.

Cook lasagna noodles in batches so they don’t stick together.

Can be made ahead and refrigerated. Best not to freeze but can freeze & thaw before cooking.

SERVES 10-12

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