If you are considering an Italian vacation and are planning on spending time in Cinque Terre, carve out a day to spend in Monterosso and take a day's worth of cooking lessons with Daniella. You will have a fabulous time. Contact me if you are interested in her cooking class and/or dinner and I will gladly put you in touch.
This post continues my walk down memory lane. Dinner tonight will include Lasagna al Pesto, or Pesto Lasagna. Here is my adaptation of Daniella's recipe.
2 boxes of Barilla No Boil Lasagna Noodles
One Recipe of Pesto, thinned with a little water.
3 cups whole milk, scalded, but not boiling
5 Tbs. butter
4 Tbs. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
dash of nutmeg
1 cup grated parmigiano
Make the bechamel by heating the milk in a pan until hot, but not boiling. (I microwaved mine in a glass Pyrex measuring cup for 4 minutes on high)
In a separate pot, melt the butter. Once melted add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon for two minutes so that the flour is cooked.
Continue to add the hot milk 1/2 cup at a time until all the milk is is incorporated, continuing to stir constantly. Continue to heat and stir until the mixture is smooth and thickened.
Add the salt and dash of nutmeg and stir to incorporate.
Remove the white sauce from the heat.
In a buttered 9x13 pan, smear a couple of tablespoons of the bechamel sauce.
On top of the sauce, place a layer of noodles, breaking them as necessary to fit the pan.
Add a thin layer of pesto (water this down so it is easily spreadable). Sprinkle the pesto with parmigiano.
Add a layer of noodles and top it with a generous layer of the bechamel.
Continue making 6 layers in the same way ending with pesto and parmigiano.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 20 minutes. Let sit 15 minutes before serving.
Don checking out the dinner menuu!
Add some sauteed yellow squash and zucchini and onions and you've got a meal!
.....and that's What's Cooking at Cathy's ~ Enjoy!