Friday, March 15, 2013

Smoked mozzarella and pesto lasagne recipe and ingredients

Smoked mozzarella and pesto lasagne
Smoked mozzarella and pesto lasagne

Serves 4-6

Smoked mozzarella and pesto lasagne ingredients: 80g unsalted butter 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour. 3 and 1/4 cups (810ml) milk. Pinch of nutmeg. 300g fresh lasagne sheets. 190g jar basil pesto. 400g smoked mozzarella. 1 and 1/4 cups (100g) grated parmesan. 2/4 cup (100g) pine nuts, toasted. Basil leaves and green salad to serve

Smoked mozzarella and pesto lasagne recipe: Preheat oven to 180C. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes. Add the milk and whisk to combine. Cook, whisking occasionally. for 5-6 minutes until thick and smooth. Add the nutmeg, then season. Grease a 20cm x 30cm baking dish. Spread 1/3 cup béchamel over the base of the dish. Top with a layer of lasagne sheets (cut them to fit the dish, if needed). Spread with some pesto, cover with a layer of mozzarella and top with a layer of parmesan. Continue layering, finishing with a layer of béchamel. then sprinkle over pine nuts and remaining parmesan. Cover with a sheet of baking paper and sheet of foil. Bake for 40 minutes, then uncover and bake for a further 15 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly, then garnish with basil and serve with a green salad

Cook's notes: Smoked mozzarella (scamorza) is a firm, slightly salty mozzarella with a rich, smoky flavor, available from selected delis and gourmet food shops. Substitute mozzarella