Sunday, January 01, 2012

Portobella Mushroom and Almond Pesto Lasagna

Prep time is 30 minutes/Bake time is 45 minutes. I think this recipe comes from Rachel Ray magazine, but I've had it so long I'm not sure. I made this dish for my husband's nephew Taylor. He was in town for the holidays from North Carolina. Taylor is a very inspirational guy; he has battled a heart condition his whole life and is in the best shape ever since becoming a vegan. We're so proud of him; he is an awesome person!

This recipe took him off his vegan diet slightly, since it included cheese, but at the holidays, you have to splurge a little. 

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
5 large portobello mushroom caps, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
Two 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes with Italian herbs
3 cups sliced almonds, toasted
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic,chopped
grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
6 no-boil lasagna sheets
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large skillet, heat 1.4 cup olive oil over high heat. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook until softened, about three minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add the tomatoes to the skillet, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, and cook until softened, 6 to 7 minutes.

Using a food processor, grind up the almonds, Parmesan, garlic, lemon peel, lemon juice, and remaining 1/2 cup of olive oil into a coarse paste. Transfer the pesto to a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Some of the ingredients ready to go
In an 8-inch square baking dish, spread half the tomatoes across the bottom. Place 2 lasagna sheets on top. Spread a third of the pesto over the sheets; sprinkle with half the mozzarella and then half the mushrooms. Add another layer of lasagna sheets, pesto, mozzarella and mushrooms. Top with another layer of lasagna sheets, spread with remaining pesto and then the remaining tomatoes. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 35 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 10 more minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

This is what it looks like after the first layer

Finished lasagna
Dinner with Taylor!


Putz said...

this dinner from portabella road<>><><i have been to portabella road

Loren Christie said...

Where is that (I'm almost afraid to ask)?

Putz said...


Dear Internet Traveler,

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