A recipe of lasagna with cheese, cicory and pesto
Cicory and 'Stracchino' will give to your lasagna a unique, delicate flavour
Time: about 40 minutes
Ingredients(for four people)
Pasta sheets for lasagna: about 24 sheets
Italian soft cheese 'Stracchino' 250 gr
Bechamel sauce: 1/4 litre
Grated Parmisan (about 40 gr)
3 heads of Italian cicory
A cup of pesto
Preparation of the filling
Sauté the cicory in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of oil. Season with salt. Prepare pesto according to the traditional recipe.
Preparation of lasagna
Take a rectangular baking pan. The dimensions of the pan must be compatible with the dimensions of your pasta sheets.
Grease the bottom of the pan with some olive oil. This will prevent the first layer of pasta sheet from getting stuck to the bottom of the pan while baking.
Set a first layer of pasta sheets.
On this first layer of pasta sheet, spread some cheese, some stewed cicory, some pesto, some Bechamel and some grated Parmisan.
Continue setting layers of pasta sheets and filling till the ingredients finish.
The layers of pasta must be at least four. Usually they are six. Once got to the last layer, top with some bechamel sauce mixed with the reminder of the filling. Spread some Parmisan on the top of the filling.
Bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes. Check lasagna sometimes; your lasagna are ready when there is a thin golden crust over there.
Tips for this stage
- Cheese must be Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan). There is a similar Italian cheese, Grana Padano, but it is not exactly the same thing. However, if authentic Parmesan is not at hand, Grana Padano can work as well;
- Be careful! pre-prepared lasagna cook faster, so check the time and the temperature on the box of lasagna.
According to the tradition, Lasagna is a first course. So, it is served after starters and before the main course. As lasagna is very rich, in modern diets lasagna is served as a main course, maybe with some fresh salad as side dish.
Medium bodied white wines like Muller Thurgau, which is produced near Trento (Italy), are a good match for cheese lasagna.