I just realized as I got to the bottom of this post that it is St. Patrick’s Day and I just randomly made this dish and posted it on a day dedicated to green! Not only is this a green lasagna but I served it on a green plate. For someone who is not at all interested in holidays this sure worked out perfectly!!!
I was in NYC last weekend and basically started drooling when I saw a pesto lasagna (like the one below) show up at the table next to my mine. I had to figure out a way to replicate the dish because I had not stopped thinking about it since I saw it. At Harbor Greens I was able to get fresh lasagna noodles, all the ingredients for the pesto as well as the 3 different cheeses needed and this delicious beautiful lasagna came together in no time!
I think I was able to get 8 layers of lasagna which made it so hearty and flavorful!
The main ingredients: pea and cilantro pesto (recipe below), mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan and fresh lasagna noodles!
For the pesto I combined 1 1/2 cups thawed frozen peas, 1 cup fresh cilantro, salt, pepper, 2 tbsp pine nuts, 3 cloves of garlic and olive oil in a food processor until well blended. Season as needed for your desired flavor. I then added 3/4 pesto with about 3/4 cup of ricotta cheese to make the creamy pesto filling.
Brush the bottom of a baking dish (I used an 8X8) with olive oil, so the lasagna doesn’t stick. Boil lasagna noodles in salted water for 1 minute and then drain on a dish towel. Place noodles in a single layers in the bottom of the pan and smear some of the pesto ricotta mixture on the top of the noodle.
Your layers can really be however you want but I did as follows. A layer of the pesto ricotta mixture with the fresh peas followed by a layer of shredded mozzarella and parmesan. Alternate layers until you get to the top of the pan or run out of noodles. As I said, I got about 8 layers but would have loved even more!!
Cover the top layers with some more of the pesto ricotta mixture as well as cheese and sprinkle with olive oil to keep it moist. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes on 350 degrees or until warm through. Remove foil and cook until top is brown and bubbly!
Who doesn’t love gooey cheese!
Check out all those layers! Once you use fresh pasta you will never go back!!! The noodles are so fluffy and add the best texture to any dish!
I love how pretty the green pesto is with the peas! It just occurred to me I am posting a very green dish for St. Patrick’s Day!!
I topped my piece with a few red pepper flakes for a little added heat!
Ok, so go make this dish! It’t simple, satisfying, every member of your family will eat it, it’s hearty enough for a main dish Aed a salad and enjoy!
Or be like me and eat it for breakfast!