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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Italian Flag Lasagna

This is SO yummy that I just have to share it with you!  (Recipe from Everyday with Rachel Ray)


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt
  • Ground nutmeg
  • One 28-ounce can tomato puree
  • 12 no-boil lasagna sheets
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • One 18-ounce bag shredded mozzarella cheese
  • One 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Slowly add the milk and cook, whisking continuously, until thickened, about 8 minutes. Season the cream sauce [to your taste] with salt and nutmeg.
  2. Coat the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with 1 cup tomato puree and cover with 4 lasagna sheets. Layer the lasagna as follows: tomato puree, basil, zucchini, mozzarella, ricotta, cream sauce, Parmesan and lasagna sheets. Repeat the layering, gently pressing down each layer. Finish with a layer each of tomato puree, basil, zucchini and cream sauce. Top with the Parmesan. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Let sit for about 5 minutes before cutting into squares.
We made a half recipe and it was plenty for two meals for us! (edit: it really is quite enough for three meals for us!)
Also, I learned about freezing zucchini here Out of season it's ridiculously expensive produce up here, so we're going to try it. I think this recipe would be good with diced or shredded zucchini too... Bon Appétit!

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