Fresh lasagne with pesto
- Preparation and cooking time
- Total time
- Ready in about 1¾ hours
- More effort
- Serves 6
This veggie pasta dish is perfect for entertaining - it can be made ahead, leaving you free to chat to your guests
- 1.2l milk
- 100g butter , cut into pieces
- 100g plain flour
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 500g baby spinach leaves
- 250g lasagne sheets – fresh is best
- 3 rounded tbsp good quality pesto
- 500g cherry tomato on the vine, two or three vines left whole
- good handful of basil leaves (or one supermarket pack)
- 175g piece fresh parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), coarsely grated
- 2 x 150g balls mozzarella , preferably buffalo, torn into bite-sized pieces
- STEP 1
Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Put the milk, butter and flour in a medium pan and cook over a medium heat, whisking until thickened and smooth. Simmer for 1 minute. Take off the heat, season and add the nutmeg. Cool, stirring occasionally to stop a skin forming.
- STEP 2
Put the spinach in a large heatproof bowl, pour over a kettle of boiling water and leave for 30 seconds. Drain into a colander, cool under the cold tap then squeeze it well to remove the excess liquid.
- STEP 3
Spread a spoonful or two of the sauce on the bottom of a large ovenproof dish (about 30x20cm) and lay a third of the lasagne on top. Spoon over a third of the sauce and spread it out. Swirl a spoonful of pesto through the sauce with a knife and scatter over half the spinach with a third of the tomatoes, a few basil leaves and a third of the cheeses. Season with salt and pepper. Layer another third of the lasagne with a third of the sauce, a spoonful of pesto, the rest of the spinach, a third of the tomatoes and cheeses and some basil. Season.
- STEP 4
Finish with a layer of lasagne, the last of the sauce, pesto, cheeses and the tomatoes, including those on the vine. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden. Scatter with the last of the basil leaves and serve.