Northern Italian Lasagna

Prep Time: ? minutes | Cook Time: ? minutes | Total Time: 2 minutes | Yield: Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese or Romano cheese
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 cups milk

Filling:

  • 1 ¾ cups crumbled firm tofu (drained)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can cut tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped carrot
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon vegetable bouillon granules
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup light cream or milk

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan (or Dutch oven) cook tofu until browned.
  2. Add undrained tomatoes, onion, carrot, celery, parsley, tomato paste, bullion granules, nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper to tofu. Stir.
  3. Stir in wine and ¼ cup water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat.
  4. Boil gently, uncovered, for 45 to 60 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  5. Cook pasta in boiling water just until tender; drain. Rinse with cool water.
  6. Combine cheeses.
  7. For the sauce melt butter in saucepan. Stir in flour, pepper, nutmeg, and ½ teaspoon salt. Add milk; cook and stir until thick and bubbly (don’t let burn!).
  8. Arrange a single layer of the pasta in the bottom of a greased 13”x9”x2” baking dish. Spread 1/3 white sauce over noodles. Spread 1/3 Tofu “meat” filling over white sauce. Spread 1/3 cheese over tofu. Repeat layers of pasta, sauce, tofu mix and cheese 2 more times.
  9. Cover with foil and bake at 350degrees for 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven. Let stand 10 minutes.

Notes:

Recipe Origin:  We’ve made this probably dozens of times. No one ever suspects there is tofu in there. It tastes just like the lasagna my friend’s Northern Italian mother makes.

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