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Lasagna al Pesto

Ingredients

Serves 8
For the Pesto Sauce
3 ½ cupsfresh basil leaves
1 tspPastene Minced Garlic
1 pinchsea salt
¼ cupsPastene Pignoli (Pine Nuts)
2/3 cupsPastene Grated Parmesan
3 ozPastene Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Béchamel Sauce
5 Tbsp butter
4 Tbspflour
3 cupsmilk
2 tspsalt
½ tspnutmeg
Lasagna
1 boxPastene Lasagne Festonate
3 ½ cupsgreen beans
½ cupPastene Grated Romano
½ cupPastene Grated Parmesan
1/3 cupfreshly grated parmesan for the top layer only

Directions

  • To mix the pesto:
    • In a food processor, combine the basil, garlic, pine nuts, and salt, and pulse until the mixture forms a paste. Add the cheese, and drizzle in the olive oil as you continue to pulse the food processer.
  • To mix the Béchamel:
    • In a medium saucepan, heat the butter until it has melted. Add the flour and stir until the consistency is smooth. Over medium heat, continue to cook until the mixture turns a light golden brown, about 6-7 minutes.
    • Meanwhile, heat the milk in a separate pan until it is just about to boil. Add the milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously, until it is very smooth and is brought to a boil. Cook the sauce for 30 seconds and then remove it from the heat. Season the béchamel with salt and nutmeg, to taste and set aside until ready to use.
  • To Cook the Lasagna:
    • Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot and add 2 tablespoons salt. Boil the green beans for 1 minute, remove with a slotted spoon and place them in an ice bath. Cut into 1” pieces.
    • Use the same boiling water, drop in the pasta and cook until tender, about 12 minutes. Transfer to an ice bath to cool, then drain on kitchen towels, laying the pasta flat.
  • To assemble the dish:
    • In a mixing bowl, stir the béchamel, pesto, and grated cheese together until they are well combined. Place 4 pieces of lasagne on the bottom of the baking dish.
    • On top of the pasta, place the following: ½ cup of the pesto-béchamel-cheese mixture and a handful of green beans before adding another layer of the pasta. Continue with this layering until there are 4 layers of pasta and 4 layers of green beans and pesto. Lay one more layer of pasta on top, followed by a 1/4-1/2 cup of pesto mixture and 1/3 cup of freshly grated parmesan. Put the baking dish in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown on top.
    • Serve immediately, and enjoy!

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