Monday, October 6, 2008

Portobello Mushroom Lasagna

I love a good variation on an old classic. And, this recipe is just that.

It's getting colder here in our little town in the Midwest, and so I decided to try this comforting recipe from Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook. It's savory and easy, and really delicious. I did make some changes, adding mozzarella cheese and cutting back on the fat by using 2% milk instead of whole milk. I mean, I heart Ina. But, a girl's gotta watch the fat in her recipes, y'all.

We ate this as our main dish with a salad, but you could easily layer in some panchetta or ham if you must have meat in a main dish.

The boys LOVED it. So did Jason and I. Don't be intimidated by the length of the directions. They're wordy, but easy. And, the result: SO worth the extra effort.

Here's the recipe. Enjoy!

Portobello Mushroom Lasagna
slightly adapted from Barefoot Contessa at Home...

Olive oil
3/4 pound dried lasagna noodles
4 cups lowfat milk
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 pounds portobello mushrooms
8 ounces Mozzarella cheese
1 cup freshly ground Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil with 1 tablespoon salt and a splash of oil. Add the lasagna noodles and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and set aside.

For the white sauce, bring the milk to a simmer in a saucepan. Set aside. Melt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of the butter in a large saucepan. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Pour the hot milk into the butter-flour mixture all at once. Add 1 tablespoon salt, the pepper, and nutmeg, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring first with the wooden spoon and then with a whisk, for 3 to 5 minutes, until thick. Set aside off the heat.

Separate the mushroom stems from the caps and discard the stems. Slice the caps 1/4-inch thick. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large (12-inch) saute pan. When the butter melts, add half the mushrooms, sprinkle with salt, and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender and they release some of their juices. If they become too dry, add a little more oil. Toss occasionally to make sure the mushrooms cook evenly. Repeat with the remaining mushrooms and set all the mushrooms aside.

To assemble the lasagna, spread some of the sauce in the bottom of an 8 by 12 by 2-inch baking dish (9 x 13 works well, also). Arrange a layer of noodles on top, then more sauce, then 1/3 of the mushrooms, 1/3 of Mozzarella cheese, and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan. Repeat 2 more times, layering noodles, sauce, mushrooms, and Parmesan. Top with a final layer of noodles and sauce, and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.

Bake the lasagna for 45 minutes, or until the top is browned the sauce is bubbly and hot. Allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes and serve hot.


  1. I missed the on-the-deck-food-photos. We're not such big mushroom fans here, so I probably won't be trying this one, but I do love your recipes!

  2. yay, the recipe blogs are back! Sounds yummy :)

  3. Sounds wonderful - I love the flavor of mushrooms (just not always the texture) so I love the idea of adding the meat. I think we might really like this one.

  4. Oh YUM!! Please come fix that for me. :)

  5. Can you send me some in the mail, please?

  6. man, that almost makes me want to like mushrooms!! I need the "no mushroom" edition....what a great photo!

  7. We are not fans of fungus, otherwise known as mushrooms. The recipe sounds yummy... i bet i could make it without the fungus.

    I love your recipes thanks for sharing. I mad your hot milk cakes last week - oh my word. so yummy! If you make it in a 9 x 13 pan do you ever frost it with frosting??

  8. I love portobellas; they're my favorite; we'll have to try this. :)

  9. I would love this but my hubby really dislikes mushrooms. :(

  10. A swanky recipe the WHOLE fam likes? I'm there, girl! I'm there! I'm salivating.