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Asparagus Lasagna (lasagne agli asparagi) – The Pasta Undertaking


This conventional Italian asparagus lasagna is a lightweight and flavourful asparagus pasta recipe from the place I stay in Veneto, Italy.  Additionally recognized domestically as ‘pasticcio di asparagi’ or ‘lasagne agli asparagi’, that is a straightforward spring lasagna recipe with just some principal substances. Good for particular events like Mom’s Day and Easter, in addition to Sunday lunch!

Asparagus lasagna (lasagne agli asparagi).

Historical past.

Folks have been consuming asparagus in Europe since 3,000 B.C! The traditional Greeks, Egyptians and Romans cherished them. The Historic Romans even took asparagus into the Alps to freeze them for the feast of Epicurious and the Emperor Augustus is alleged to have had ‘an asparagus fleet’ used to move asparagus all around the Empire!

After all, these days we don’t must freeze asparagus within the mountains. We now have fridges, freezers and different methods to protect them.

Asparagus lasagna (lasagne agli asparagi) in oven dish ready to serve.Asparagus lasagna (lasagne agli asparagi) in oven dish ready to serve.

Right here in Veneto, Northern Italy, asparagus are virtually a staple ingredient within the spring kitchen. It is because this area cultivates probably the most asparagus in Italy. Roadside asparagus sellers are typical throughout the season and asparagus fields are a typical sight.

Evidently, there are many native recipes for asparagus right here. Nevertheless, the preferred methods to serve them are in soup, risotto or with pasta.

Ingredients for aparagus lasagna (lasagne agli asparagi) on marble work top.Ingredients for aparagus lasagna (lasagne agli asparagi) on marble work top.
Collect your substances: lasagne, asparagus, leeks, grated cheese and milk, flour, butter and nutmeg for the béchamel.

Substances on this asparagus lasagna (lasagne agli asparagi).

As talked about above that is a straightforward lasagna. All you want is lasagne pasta sheets, recent inexperienced asparagus, the substances for béchamel (if making your personal), leeks, grated Parmigiano or vegetarian parmesan and seasoning.

The pasta: You should utilize selfmade egg pasta sheets (lasagne), ready-made recent pasta or dried lasagne. If utilizing the latter, it’s greatest to blanch the pasta in boiling water earlier than assembling your asparagus lasagna. Contemporary pasta must be skinny sufficient to see your fingers via the sheet. You then don’t need to pre-cook it. I used ready-made recent lasagne sheets this time.

Someone holding a thin sheet of fresh lasagne with their hand visible behind.Someone holding a thin sheet of fresh lasagne with their hand visible behind.
My lasagne sheets had been skinny sufficient to see my hand via them.

The asparagus: You may use recent inexperienced or white asparagus. Nevertheless, I desire inexperienced. The asparagus on this recipe are roasted earlier than assembling the lasagna. Roasting the asparagus spears actually offers them a beautiful candy extra concentrated flavour. Plus, the guidelines get a bit crispy within the oven. You can too, steam, boil or sauté the asparagus should you desire.

Washed asparagus in white colander and discarded stalks in yellow bowl.Washed asparagus in white colander and discarded stalks in yellow bowl.
Step 1 Wash and put together the asparagus.

The béchamel: Béchamel (white sauce) is fairly simple to make at dwelling and I normally make my very own. After all, you need to use ready-made béchamel for a quicker prep. Nevertheless, you could must skinny it a bit with milk or broth as ready-made white sauce is commonly fairly thick.

The leek: I really like utilizing leeks instead of onions. They add a candy oniony flavour which is sort of distinctive. You possibly can substitute the leeks with a candy yellow onion or shallots should you desire.

Asparagus spears on oven tray lined with baking paper.Asparagus spears on oven tray lined with baking paper.
Step 2 Bake the asparagus.

Nutmeg: this spice is a typical ingredient in béchamel recipes (besciamella in Italian). I desire freshly grated nutmeg, however you possibly can add a small pinch of prepared floor nutmeg as an alternative. As a result of this spice has a powerful aroma and style, you solely want little or no so as to add a heat, nutty flavour to your white sauce.

The cheese: Since this asparagus lasagna recipe is from Northern Italy, the cheese is historically freshly grated Grana or Parmigiano. However, if you wish to make this recipe vegetarian, you will want to make use of a vegetarian parmesan. Italian Grana and Parmigiano are made with animal rennet.

Oven baked asparagus ready on oven tray.Oven baked asparagus ready on oven tray.

Step-by-step directions for asparagus lasagna.

Preparation.

1. Wash the asparagus and take away the robust woody ends. One of the simplest ways to make sure you get one of the best half solely is to bend every asparagus whereas holding every finish and it’ll break naturally in the best place. You can too simply minimize them.  

2. Place the asparagus spears on a baking tray lined with oven paper. Sprinkle with olive oil and salt. Then bake till cooked. Relying on the dimensions of your asparagus this may occasionally take 15-Half-hour.

Thin slices of leeks in frying pan.Thin slices of leeks in frying pan.
3. Sauté the leeks.

3. Whereas the asparagus are baking, sauté the leeks. First wash your leeks, take away the darker outer leaves, and minimize off the ends of the white half the place there are typically some small roots. Then finely slice the leeks. Sauté in butter with a bit olive oil till clear and starting to brown very barely.

Make the béchamel.

4. In case you are making your personal béchamel. Soften the butter on a low warmth in a saucepan large enough to carry no less than 1 litre of milk. As soon as the butter has melted, sift within the flour stirring repeatedly till you might have a paste/roux.

Subsequent add the milk a bit at a time and proceed to stir consistently. When you begin to get a easy white sauce, use a handheld whisk to stir out any lumps. When the sauce is thick sufficient, take away from the warmth and add the nutmeg. Your béchamel is thick sufficient when it coats the again of a picket spoon should you dip one within the sauce.

The béchamel might thicken even additional when you are getting ready the remainder of the lasagna. Simply stir in some extra milk should you suppose it’s too thick. It must have the consistency of a thick custard.

Roasted asparagus on oven tray cut into pieces.Roasted asparagus on oven tray cut into pieces.

5. When the asparagus are cooked minimize most of them into 3-4 items. Depart 4-6 asparagus entire to position on the highest of the lasagna.

Assembling the asparagus lasagna.

6. Utilizing an oblong oven dish, pour some béchamel into the underside of the dish and unfold it evenly. Place 2 sheets of lasagne on high of the white sauce. My ceramic oven dish measured 20 x 27 x 6 cms. That is equal to approx 8″ x 11″, however an ordinary 9″x13″ would work nice. Use extra pasta sheets in every layer if essential.

7. Then unfold some cooked leeks and asparagus over the pasta. Subsequent add some grated cheese and extra béchamel. Every layer of filling must have the substances properly unfold out.

8. Add one other layer of pasta sheets, then asparagus and leeks with grated cheese and bèchamel.

A second layer of lasagne sheets on top  of other ingredients in oven dish.A second layer of lasagne sheets on top  of other ingredients in oven dish.

9. Proceed till you might have used up the leeks and minimize asparagus. The ultimate layer of pasta must be lined in béchamel and grated cheese with the intact asparagus spaced out on the highest.

Top layer of asparagus lasagna with béchamel, grated cheese and whole asparagus spears.Top layer of asparagus lasagna with béchamel, grated cheese and whole asparagus spears.

In complete, I made 4 layers of pasta, and the lasagna gave me 4 regular parts.

10. Bake the lasagna in a preheated oven at 180°c (356°F )for 20-Half-hour till the highest is browned and the pasta is cooked. To test the pasta for doneness, pierce it with a pointy knife.

Ready asparagus lasagna in oven dish.Ready asparagus lasagna in oven dish.

Allow you to lasagna relaxation earlier than serving.

It is extremely necessary to let your asparagus lasagna relaxation for a while earlier than serving. After all, the lasagna can be scalding sizzling straight out of the oven. However, resting it lets the dish agency up a bit. In the event you serve asparagus lasagna—or any lasagna—direct from the oven, it might collapse once you serve it.

The longer you wait, the firmer the dish can be. A ten-15 minute wait is the minimal, however you possibly can let it relaxation for as much as Half-hour. And don’t fear, it’ll nonetheless be good and heat.

One serving of asparagus lasagna in a white bowl.One serving of asparagus lasagna in a white bowl.
Is that this recipe vegetarian?

Sure, should you use a vegetarian cheese. The parmigiano or grana cheese is the one ingredient that is not vegetarian as each are made with animal rennet.

Can I make this recipe gluten free?

Sure, you possibly can! This lasagna is well made gluten free through the use of gluten free pasta sheets and gluten free flour within the bèchamel.

What to do with leftovers.

I do not like freezing cooked pasta, so I do not suggest freezing leftovers of this asparagus lasagna. Nevertheless, leftovers will be saved in a sealed container within the fridge for 2-3 days. Reheat them within the microwave or in a sizzling oven, lined with aluminium foil.

Ingredient substitutions and additions.

This recipe is the best Italian lasagne agli asparagi. You possibly can add different greens together with the asparagus and leeks. I believe, spinach, mushrooms and zucchini would go very well. After all these would have to be sautéed or cooked beforehand.

If you need so as to add some protein, I recommend chopped cooked ham, or fried pancetta or bacon. Alternatively, some sautéed shrimp can be pretty.

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Long verticle image of asparagus lasagna with text for Pinterest.Long verticle image of asparagus lasagna with text for Pinterest.

Let me know what you suppose.

I actually love how simple this asparagus lasagna is to make. It would not take that lengthy to make and requires just some substances. That is now one of many recipes on my impress your company listing. I’m positive should you attempt it, you’ll be including it to yours too!

In the event you do do that Northern Italian lasagne agli asparagi, please let me know what you suppose! Write a remark right here on the weblog or put up a touch upon the Pasta Undertaking Fb web page.

Your suggestions means lots to me!

Buon appetito!

Different asparagus pasta recipes to attempt.

  1. Carbonara with asparagus.
  2. Spaghetti with asparagus and walnuts.
  3. Salmon and asparagus lasagna
  4. Asparagus and shrimp pasta
Asparagus lasagna (lasagne agli asparagi).Asparagus lasagna (lasagne agli asparagi).

Asparagus Lasagna (Lasagne agli Asparagi).

Jacqui

This conventional Northern Italian asparagus lasagna is a lightweight and flavourful asparagus pasta recipe. Additionally recognized domestically as ‘pasticcio di asparagi’ or ‘lasagne agli asparagi’, that is a straightforward spring lasagna recipe with just some principal substances.

Prep Time 30 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 1 hour

Course Dinner, lunch, Major Course, starter

Delicacies Italian, Mediterranean, Northern Italy, Veneto

Servings 4

Energy 828 kcal

Gear

  • 1 rectangular ceramic or pyrex oven dish mine is 20 x 27 x 6 cm . A normal 9″ x13″ would work nice.

  • 1 saucepan for béchamel.

  • 1 flat oven tray to bake asparagus.

  • 1 small frying pan to sauté leeks.

Substances 

 

  • 9-10 ounces recent lasagne sheets
  • 1-2 leeks
  • 2.2 kilos recent inexperienced asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon further virgin olive oil.
  • 5 ounces Parmigiano or Grana cheese or vegetarian parmesan.

For the bèchamel

  • 2 pints recent milk you could want a bit extra.
  • 3.5 ounces butter plus a bit extra to sauté leeks.
  • 3.5 ounces flour Italian ’00’ flour or all-purpose flour.
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • salt to style
  • freshly floor black pepper. to style

Directions 

Put together the lasagna substances.

  • Wash the asparagus and take away the robust woody ends. One of the simplest ways to make sure you get one of the best half solely is to bend every asparagus whereas holding every finish and it’ll break naturally in the best place. You can too simply minimize them. 

  • Place the asparagus spears on a baking tray lined with oven paper. Sprinkle with the olive oil and a few salt. Then bake till cooked. Relying on the dimensions of your asparagus this may occasionally take 15-Half-hour.

  • Whereas the asparagus are baking, sauté the leeks. First wash your leeks, take away the darker outer leaves, and minimize off the ends of the white half the place there are typically some small roots. Then finely slice the leeks. Sauté in butter with a bit olive oil till clear and starting to brown very barely.

  • When the asparagus are cooked minimize most of them into 3-4 items. Depart 4-6 asparagus entire to position on the highest of the lasagna.

Make the béchamel

  • In case you are making your personal béchamel. Soften the butter on a low warmth in a saucepan large enough to carry no less than 1 litre of milk (2 pints). As soon as the butter has melted, sift within the flour stirring repeatedly till you might have a paste/roux.

  • Subsequent add the milk a bit at a time and proceed to stir consistently. When you begin to get a easy white sauce, use a handheld whisk to stir out any lumps. When the sauce is thick sufficient, take away from the warmth and add the nutmeg. Your béchamel is thick sufficient when it coats the again of a picket spoon should you dip one within the sauce.

  • The béchamel might thicken even additional when you are getting ready the remainder of the lasagna. Simply stir in some extra milk should you suppose it’s too thick. It must have the consistency of a thick custard.

Assemble and bake your asparagus lasagna.

  • Utilizing an oblong oven dish, pour some béchamel into the underside of the dish and unfold it evenly Place 2 sheets of lasagne on high of the white sauce. Then unfold some leeks and asparagus over the pasta.

  • Subsequent add some grated cheese and extra béchamel. Every layer of filling must have the substances properly unfold out. Add one other layer of pasta sheets, then asparagus and leeks with grated cheese and bèchamel.

  • Proceed till you might have used up the leeks and minimize asparagus. The ultimate layer of pasta must be lined in béchamel and grated cheese with the intact asparagus spaced out on the highest.

  • Bake the lasagna in a preheated oven at 180°c for 20-Half-hour till the highest is browned and the pasta is cooked. Let your lasagna relaxation for no less than 5-10 minutes earlier than serving.

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Notes

In complete, I made 4 layers of pasta, and the lasagna gave me 4 regular parts.
For information about leftovers and ingredient substitutions or additions see principal textual content above.
To make this recipe 100% vegetarian, substitute Italian Parmigiano or Grana cheese with vegetarian parmesan.
To make this recipe gluten free, use gluten free pasta sheets and gluten free flour within the béchamel sauce.

Vitamin

Energy: 828kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 36gFats: 43gSaturated Fats: 24gPolyunsaturated Fats: 2gMonounsaturated Fats: 12gTrans Fats: 1gLdl cholesterol: 152mgSodium: 844mgPotassium: 1079mgFiber: 6gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 3567IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 803mgIron: 9mg

Key phrase asparagus, asparagus pasta, lasagna, lasagne al forno

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