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Wild Mushroom And Spinach Lasagna

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My Wild Mushroom And Spinach Lasagna dish is loaded with flavor. I promise you won’t miss the meat! Mushrooms are such a great substitute for meat. Their meaty texture and earthy flavor paired with spinach, fresh mozzarella, and creamy Béchamel sauce take comfort food to a whole other level.

My Wild Mushroom And Spinach Lasagna video will take you through a shortened version of this recipe. No one wants to watch an entire video from start to finish on making a Lasagna. To keep the video short and sweet, I decided to prepare all the components for the lasagna in advance. While generally going through the steps the video really concentrates on the assembly and the cooking process.

The top picture is after it’s rested for 20 minutes. The picture below is after the entire casserole dish had been refrigerated overnight and then a piece was cut.  You can see a big difference in the presentation. Truth be told, I think lasagna is always better the second day.

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Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Yields: 12 servings
Equipment: 3-quart baking dish (15″ x 9 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ high), 6-quart saucepot, 3 large mixing  bowls, medium-size bowl, large deep-sided frying pan, Chef’s knife, Microplane

Ingredients:
2 boxes of dried oven-ready lasagna noodles ( you may only need a little over 1 box)
2 sticks of unsalted butter, 1 stick for Bechamel sauce, 3 tablespoons for mushrooms, the remainder for greasing the baking dish
2 tablespoons of olive oil
4 cups whole milk
2 10-ounce packages of thawed, drained spinach, squeeze out excess water
3/4 (24 ounces) of a 32-ounce container of Ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt (for Ricotta mixture)
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper (for Ricotta mixture)
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 large package of fresh Mozzarella, slice into 14 rounds
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, freshly ground
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 cup of grated Parmesan
8 ounces (1 cup) of store-bought shredded Mozzarella
1/4 cup of fresh and finely chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley for Ricotta mixture,
2 tablespoons dried parsley for garnish

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon minced fresh Thyme leaves
1 tablespoon dried thyme
(approx. 1 1/2 pounds of mushrooms total)
2 large Portobello mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 pint of white Button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
2 pints of Cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
5 Oyster mushrooms, cleaned, central stem removed and discarded
6 Trumpet mushrooms, bottom tip removed, then sliced into 2-inch pieces
10 Shitake mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed and discarded, caps sliced
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons of Kosher salt
1/4 cup unsalted beef stock, or a good red wine

Directions For Sautèed Wild Mushrooms:
In a large deep-sided frying pan (if you don’t have one of these pans, sauté your mushrooms in two batches, about 5 minutes per batch) over medium heat, melt butter and olive oil then add in fresh and dried thyme. Next, add the mushrooms, tossing and stirring continuously. As the mushrooms cook they’ll start to release their water.

Add in the minced garlic and black pepper, again, stirring occasionally.  Once all their water has evaporated, there will be mushroom bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add the beef stock and scrape all those delicious bits up using a wooden spoon. Once the mushrooms have really started to brown, this is when you want to salt the mushrooms. Continue stirring and allow the mushrooms to cook, absorbing the remainder of the beef broth and become tender about 10 minutes. Serve hot.

Directions For Spinach:
Defrost both boxes of frozen spinach the day before. Once thawed, drain and squeeze dry any excess water. You want the spinach to be as free of any water as possible. Transfer to a bowl. Set aside.

Directions For Cheeses:
Place store-bought shredded Mozzarella cheese in a bowl and set aside. Chop up the Parmesan cheese into small chunks and place them into a food processor. Pulse a few times until you have the consistency of ground cheese. For the fresh Mozzarella, slice the Mozzarella into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place all prepped cheeses in the frig until needed.

Directions For Ricotta:
In a large bowl add Ricotta, 3 beaten large eggs, 1/2 teaspoon each of Kosher salt, and pepper, and finely chopped fresh flat leave Italian parsley. Mix together until well combined and set aside.

Directions For The Bechamel Sauce:
Bring the milk to a simmer in a saucepan. Set aside. Melt 8 tablespoons of butter (1 stick) in a large saucepan. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute over low heat, whisking constantly until the flour has cooked out and becomes blonde in color. Pour the hot milk into the butter-flour mixture all at once. Add 1 teaspoon each of Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking for 3 to 5 minutes, until thick. Double-check the thickness of the Bechamel sauce by dipping a wooden spoon into the sauce. Take your finger and make a line down the back of the spoon, if the sauce stays separated and doesn’t run together, the sauce is ready. Immediately transfer to a large bowl. Place plastic wrap directly over the sauce, preventing a skin from forming, and set aside.

Assembling Lasagna:
Preheat
 oven to 375-degrees F.
Spread some of the sauce in the bottom of the buttered baking dish. Arrange a layer of oven-ready noodles on top, then ladle more Bechamel sauce. Sprinkle both grated Parmesan and shredded  Mozzarella cheeses. Next, add half the spinach and mushrooms. To that, add the fresh Mozzarella slices.  Repeat this process once more. Next, add all of the Ricotta mixtures and top with another layer of the noodles. Lightly press, with your hands, on the top to make sure all the ingredients are nice and level in the dish. Over that last layer of noodles top with the rest of the Bechamel sauce and a final sprinkle of both grated Parmesan and shredded Mozzarella cheeses. Add a sprinkle of dried parsley over the top for color.

Bake uncovered for 45 minutes until the top is browned and the sauce is bubbly and hot. Once out of the oven, let rest at room temperature for at least 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Directions For Reheating Refrigerated Lasagna:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Pour between 2 tablespoons or 1/4 cup of water over the lasagna (depending on its size). Spray the dull side of the foil with non-stick cooking spray. Place the sprayed side down over the lasagna and seal tight around the edges of the baking dish.  Bake for 25 minutes, or until lasagna is hot and bubbly.

Directions For Freezing Fully-Cooked Lasagna:
Make sure the lasagna has cooled completely, at least an hour and a half. Wrap the entire baking dish in freezer-safe plastic wrap. This ensures there are no gaps in the wrap where air can get in and cause freezer burn. Then place foil over the top. It can keep up to three months.

Directions For Cooking Frozen Lasagna:
Transfer the frozen lasagna to the refrigerator 24 hours in advance.
Preheat oven to 425-degrees F.
Before going into the oven, remove the foil and plastic wrap from the baking dish and replace it with new foil that’s been sprayed with some non-stick cooking spray, on the dull side of the foil.  Add  2 tablespoons or 1/4 cup (depending on the size of the lasagna) of water over the top of the lasagna. Place the sprayed side down over the top, seal the edges tight. This will prevent any cheese from sticking to foil. Place the dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

 

YouTube video for this recipe is at www.YouTube.com/Linda Lou Hamel

 

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Pappardelle With Sweet Italian Sausage, Mozzarella, And Fresh Basil

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Sweet Italian Sausage, Mozzarella, and Basil Over Pappardelle

Great quality ingredients are what make this pasta dish delicious. A good white wine, unsalted chicken stock, and the pasta cooking liquid are what pull the sauce together for this dish. It’s really just about keeping it simple. This is my Pappardelle With Sweet Italian Sausage, Mozzarella, And Fresh Basil.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: small sauté pan with a glass lid, indoor grill pan, 12-inch deep-sided frying pan, 6-quart saucepot, colander

Ingredients:
1 pound of sweet Italian sausage grilled and sliced
1 pound of Pappardelle
8 ounces of fresh Mozzarella, 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 leek, (about 1 cup) cleaned and thinly sliced into half-moons
1/2 cup of red onion, finely diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup, each, of red, yellow, and orange bell peppers finely diced
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 cup white wine, Pino Grigio
1 1/2 cups of unsalted chicken stock
1 cup of fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons of flat-leaf Italian parsley finely chopped

Directions:
Prep all the vegetables first. Clean and slice the leeks, finely dice the red onion, bell peppers, and mince the garlic. Transfer all the vegetables to a large plate and set aside.

Prep the fresh herbs and dice the fresh Mozzarella cheese into 1-inch cubes. Transfer into 2 small bowls. Set aside.

To prepare the sausage, prick each of the links with a fork approx. three times on each side. Place the links into a small sauté pan. Cover with 1/2 cup of unsalted chicken broth. Turn the heat to medium-high and cover. Poach the sausage links in the broth for about 10 minutes or until links are no longer pink and the internal temperature reads 150-degrees F.

Transfer the sausage links to a plate. Preheat the indoor grill pan over medium-high heat. Arrange all the sausage links on the grill pan. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes, per side. Once all the links have grill marks on both sides transfer the links again to a plate. Carefully remove the hot grill pan from the stovetop. Slice the grilled links on a bias and transfer to a bowl.

In a preheated large deep-sided frying pan over medium-high heat, add in the olive oil, dried oregano, fennel seeds, and crushed red pepper flakes. Add the sliced leeks to the pan stirring frequently. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until soft.

Next, add in the diced red onion and bell peppers. Season with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes or until all the veggies soften. Finally, add the minced garlic, stir through and cook for 1 minute more.

Have a pot of salted boiling water ready on the back burner.

Add white wine, unsalted chicken stock, and grilled sliced sausage. Bring everything up to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, simmer for another 10 minutes.

In the meantime, drop the pasta. Cook the pasta, to al dente, following the instructions on the package, usually about 10 minutes.

Once the pasta is al dente, using a pair of tongs transfer the pasta to the pan containing the grilled sausage and vegetables. Toss the pasta through. The pasta may absorb most of the liquid. If this is the case, add 1 or 2 ladles of the starchy pasta cooking liquid and toss. Turn the heat off, and transfer to a large serving platter. Add the diced fresh mozzarella basil leaves, and finely chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

There you have it, Pappardelle With Sweet Italian Sausage, Mozzarella, And Fresh Basil.

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Portobello Mushroom Pizzas

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Last night I made an awesome Bolognese sauce. I always have quite a bit leftover so for tonight’s meal, I had a great idea on how to use up my leftover Bolognese sauce.

I went to the Farmers’ Market today and bought some beautiful Portobello mushrooms along with some fresh arugula. I’m going to grill these mushrooms and use them as the base for my Portobello Mushroom Pizzas.

To get my recipe for Bolognese Sauce, click on the link at the bottom of this post. I’d recommend making these Portobello Mushroom Pizzas any time you have some leftover homemade sauce you want to use up.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
Equipment: indoor grill pan, rimmed baking sheet pan, chef’s knife, 3-quart saucepot with a lid

Ingredients:
6 large Portobello mushrooms (dark black gills and stems removed), grilled
1 16-ounce package of BelGioioso fresh mozzarella, pre-sliced
1 4-ounce package of arugula, prewashed and dried
6 cups of Bolognese sauce (substitute a good jarred Marinara sauce)
1/4 cup of Canola oil
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
3 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
Garnish with Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings

Directions:
Start by heating up your (leftover) sauce on low heat, in a covered saucepot, stirring occasionally.

Preheat an indoor grill pan on medium heat. While the grill pan is heating up, prep all 6 Portobello mushrooms. First, remove the stems, next, using a tablespoon, scrape off the dark black gills from the underside of the mushroom caps.

Brush the top side of the Portobello mushrooms with Canola oil. Season with freshly ground black pepper and garlic powder. Place the mushrooms presentation side down first on the hot grill. While the mushrooms are starting to grill brush the underside with Canola oil and season with freshly ground black pepper and garlic powder. Grill on each side for 3 to 4 minutes, or until caramelized and deep golden brown. Turn the grill pan off and transfer the grilled Portobello mushrooms, presentation side down, to a rimmed baking sheet pan.

Set the oven to broil.
Lay a slice of the mozzarella cheese to each one of the mushrooms. Sprinkle Kosher salt and the remaining freshly ground black pepper all over each of the slices. Transfer the sheet pan to the top rack in the oven leaving the oven door slightly ajar. Keeping a close eye on the mushrooms, melt the cheese until a bubbly and golden brown on top, 1 to 2 minutes.

Arrange 3 of the Portobello mushrooms on each plate. Ladle a little of the (leftover) Bolognese sauce onto each one of the mushrooms. Top with arugula. Serve my Portobello Mushroom Pizzas with a few shaving of Parmigiano-Reggiano over the top.

Note: Depending on the sauce you choose, this dish can be both gluten-free and vegetarian.

 

Pappardelle alla Bolognese

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