Recipe by Arianna
"A recipe from my home in Emilia-Romagna, Italy; this lasagna made with spinach pasta cannot be beat. It's excellent if you want to impress some guests, or even yourself. It may be a bit time consuming, but it's well worth the TLC you put into it."
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spinach - rinsed, stemmed, and dried
1 1/2 cups
3 1/2 ounces
lean ground pork
3 1/2 ounces
lean ground beef
3 1/2 ounces
salt and pepper to taste
3 1/2 ounces
chicken livers, trimmed and chopped
1 2/3 cups
grated Parmesan cheese
D*MN! is all I and my family can say! I took this to a big family get together and it was voted unanimously (By northern italians) the BEST lasagne they ever had. We are talking raised in northern Italy folks. Well, I made a few adjustments, to make it a bit easier. I used Barilla oven ready lasagne noodles, mixed my ricotta with 0ne egg and 1 frozen, but thawed and squeezed dry box of spinach. I thickened the bechamel by using 4T of flour instead of 2, it was very runny with just 2. (Dont skip the nutmeg, this is a great flavor complement. For the meat I used 7oz each of ground Buffalo, pork and veal. (Veal makes a difference, dont just use ground beef) and instead of tomato paste, I added 1 16oz can of wild porcini marinara.(found at Trader Joes) This is going in my forever book here at home. Not too saucy, not too cheesy, PERFECT!
This was pretty good, but I'm not a fan of bacon or ham so I left it out. The veggies were overpowered by the cheese, so I might add more next time. And I wouldn't add any salt next time either, between the meat and the stock it is salty enough. I also didn't understand adding butter to the cheese so I left it out for a healthier dish. The overall flavor was very good, and not as time consuming as I expected. Great way to get veggies into the kids!
The best lasagne I have ever had. I am never going back to the American version. The bechemel sauce really is key to this dish. One thing for new cooks making bechemel sauce, make sure you use whole milk. I tried making it once with skim milk and it didnt work. You need that fat in there. You can make the meat sauce a day or two ahead so it will develop its flavors more :)
I found the pasta easy to make if you use your food processor. A good marble or teflon rolling pin makes rolling the pasta a breeze. No real need for a pasta machine here. You can also make the pasta sheets the night before, layer between wax paper and refrigerate to expedite things in the kitchen the next day.(do not cook pasta until ready to use)
I decided to double both sauces just in case I felt a single batch was too little. (another reader complained of too little sauce) If you use a small food processor to chop your vegetables you will be done in record time.
I used most of both sauces when I assembled the lasagna. What a delightful aroma while the Ragu was cooking.
This is not difficult, it just sounds that way.
Excellent flavors! Do try this one, you will be pleased, my guests certainly were.
We tried this once with regular lasagna noodles and were most impressed with the sauce. We made the mistake of making too many layers though. The second time, we made the spinach pasta ourselves, added some cooked spinach and eggplant to the layers, made extra sauce and it was amazing. I highly recommend going heavy on the sauce part and trying to make the pasta... it was a little hard, but fun and worth the effort!
This so goooood! I've made it several times, exactly as written and its been perfect every time. I usually make it for a friend that hates pasta but loves 'noodles'. He loves this because the pasta is so thin, and there are so many flavors. It usually takes a bit longer for the prep time though. Can't figure out why,..
This lasagne is divine. It's beautiful to look at, the fresh pasta melts in your mouth, the ragu is substantial without being overpowering, and did I mention the bechamel? The overall effect is sophisticated, yet comforting. Rolling out the pasta is the most labor intensive part, but after the first try it will be very simple to do the next time. MAKE THIS LASAGNE.
Fantastic recipe, although, not for someone in a hurry. I made an alternate version of this same recipe by leaving out the chicken livers and substituting ground turkey and turkey ham. Although there was a change in taste, the calories and fat content dropped significantly.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Lasagne Verdi al Forno
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 299
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