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Pasta Bake: Green Lasagne With Ricotta Pesto And Mushrooms Recipe

Pasta Bake: Green Lasagne With Ricotta Pesto And Mushrooms Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Easy Recipes, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 398 kcal


  • 250 g fresh spinach lasagne sheets
  • #Mushroom Sauce#
  • 25 g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 1 kg fresh wild mushrooms or portobellos, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2-3 sprigs of thyme, chopped
  • 300 ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • #Ricotta Pesto#
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 75 g pine nuts
  • 75 g basil leaves
  • 150 ml olive oil
  • 75 g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra to finish
  • 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 200 g fresh ricotta cheese
  • Ssea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A baking dish, about 30 x 20 cm


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4.
  • To make the sauce, drain the soaked mushrooms, reserving the liquid. Squeeze them gently, then chop coarsely. Heat half the oil and all the butter in a large frying pan. When foaming, add half the fresh and chopped dried mushrooms and half the onion.
  • Fry over high heat for 4-5 minutes until tender. Repeat with the remaining mushrooms and onions, then combine in the pan. Stir in the garlic and herbs and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the stock and soaking liquid, then boil for 4-5 minutes until syrupy. Leave to cool.
  • To make the pesto, pound the garlic, pine nuts and salt with a mortar and pestle. Add the basil leaves, a few at a time, pounding to a paste. Gradually beat in the olive oil until creamy. Beat in the butter, season with pepper, then beat in the Parmesan.
  • Alternatively, put everything in a food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, add the ricotta, and stir well.
  • Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and drop in a few lasagne sheets at a time. Fresh pasta is cooked when the water returns to the boil. Lift it out and drain over the sides of a colander. If using dried lasagne, follow the instructions on the packet.
  • Lightly oil the baking dish then line with a layer of lasagne and add a layer of ricotta pesto. Add another layer of pasta, a layer of mushroom sauce, then a layer of lasagne. Repeat, finishing with a layer of lasagne. Sprinkle with Parmesan and dot with butter.
  • Cover with oiled kitchen foil and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Uncover, then bake for a further 20 minutes until golden. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
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Keyword Lasagna recipes, Pasta recipes