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White Lasagne with Parmigiano Besciamella

★★★★★

  • ¾ cup minced shallots (I had 4)
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 ¾ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup dry Marsala
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 oz. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1 cup), divided
  • 12 (7- by 3-inch) no-boil egg lasagne sheets
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.
Cook shallots in butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add flour and cook over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, 3 minutes. Add nutmeg, then slowly whisk in milk and stock. Bring to a boil, whisking, then simmer, stirring occasionally, just until sauce lightly coats back of spoon, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool to warm, stirring occasionally. Stir in eggs, Marsala, sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 cup cheese.
Spread about 1 1/4 cups sauce over bottom of an 11- by 8-inch baking dish. Cover with a layer of 3 lasagne sheets. Repeat layering 3 more times, then top with remaining sauce and remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, until browned, 45 to 55 minutes.

Makes 12 servings
Source : Gourmet April 2008

This was another of those recipes that I selected, but whenever it came time to prepare it, I balked. It seemed difficult and time consuming. It was not, at all. In fact, I liked it better than a regular lasagna. I did not use real wine, but cooking wine. I’m sure it makes a drastic difference, but as I have not come to appreciate wine, I can’t tell that difference. I did buy the Parmigiano-Reggiano for this recipe even though it is significantly more expensive than plain Parmesan. I usually find the layering process tedious and slightly confusing. This was a no-brainer. Sauce. Noodles. Sauce. Noodles. Keep going until those noodles run out! For a little extra nutrition, next time around I would add thinly sliced tomatoes in the layering somewhere. It just seemed like it was missing something.

I needed to start this pretty early in the evening as we had a middle school art fair to attend that evening. Sons #1 and #2 had several projects selected for display. I thoroughly embarrassed them by taking my “big” camera and taking pictures of everything. I made sure to ask them if they’d like to pose next to their projects, they unanimously declined, for every project! It is fun having teenagers though. Interesting how something never change, even through decades of time.

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