White Lasagna With Parmigiano Beciamella.

There are a few things in this life that make me truly happy:  a child’s laughter, a genuine hug, a cup of tea shared with a friend, being with my family, and cooking up something I know someone enjoys.  These recipes have been requested by friends and family alike.  May you always be able to sit around a table to enjoy a meal with a friend .

White Lasagna with Parmigiano Besciamella:

3/4 c. shallots (thinly sliced),
1 stick unsalted butter,
1/2 c. flour,
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped),
1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg,
1 c. chicken stock or broth,
3 3/4 c. whole milk,
2 large eggs (lightly beaten),
1/2 c. Marsala or dry red wine,
1/2 tsp. kosher or sea salt,
1/2 tsp. pepper,
dash of red pepper flakes,
1/4 lb. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (divided),
12 no-boil lasagna noodle sheets.

Preheat oven to 350.  Cook shallots in butter in a heavy saucepan or skillet, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until tender.  Lower heat then stir in flour.  Cook over low heat for 4 minutes.  Add nutmeg, then slowly whisk in milk and stock.  Bring to a low boil, whisking, then simmer until sauce thickens (about 2 minutes).  Remove from heat and allow to stand for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in eggs, Marsala, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and 1/2 cup cheese.  Spread about 1 1/4 c. sauce over bottom of an 11-by 8-inch baking dish.  Cover with 3 lasagna sheets; repeat layers 3 more times. then top with remaining sauce and cheese.  Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes.

Note:  Can also use a mixture of ricotta cheese, 1 egg, salt, pepper, basil and 1/2 c. Parmigiano on each lasagna sheet.  This adds a nice richness to the dish!

Mac n’ cheese:

Make besciamella as before, by melting butter, cook shallots over medium heat.  Add flour, salt and pepper.  Cook for 4 minutes, add milk, whisking until smooth.  At this point, cook your pasta (shells, rigatoni, elbows, etc.) in salted water until al dente.  Drain, reserving 1 c. of the pasta water.  Place pasta in well-buttered baking dish, set aside.

To the sauce add about 2 c. of your favorite cheese blends.  I like to use Provolone, mozzarella, Asiago and Parmigiano.  (you can use Colby-Jack, with a block of goat cheese to add some zest!)  Pour sauce over pasta stir well; use reserved pasta water as needed.

For crunchy, yummy topping, stir together 1 c. Panko bread crumbs and 1/2 cup Parmigiano cheese and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Sprinkle over top of pasta, bake uncovered about 25 minutes.

Enjoy~ V.

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  1. Reblogged this on delectablediction and commented:

    For the season of Lent ~ a meatless treat without giving up taste ~

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