Mamma Mia! Dr. Double Portions is a Lasagna connoisseur and we found the MOST UNIQUE lasagna ever in Cinque Terre Italy, in the town of Vernazza, near the castle at Ristorante Al Castello; and I set out to recreate it! We can’t wait until you try this Authentic Italian Pesto Lasagna! It’s Molto Buono (very good)! + Vegetarian Friendly + EASIEST LASAGNA EVER!
is a series of five coastal towns built on the mountain bluffs of Northern Italy. The Parco Nazionale Delle Cinque Terre
is one of the most traveled, hiked and photographed areas of Italy, and it was our first exposure to the country.
So what’s SOOOOO special about this lasagna? Well, for starters it’s GREEN! Y’all know anything green is gonna be high on my list! Plus, it’s super unique. Dr. DP and I have never had green lasagna before—which by the way was like a head slap moment—cuz’ WHY? We’d actually never seen it before on a menu. Have we been living under a rock? Me thinks she doth blog too much
Green lasagna is the SHIZZLE! It’s pesto-ey goodness made it super fresh tasting! Now here’s the real secret to this melt in your mouth dish: Béchamel Sauce
! Béchamel is a big deal in Northern Italian food, especially lasagna. I found this out a few years ago and started adding it to my own lasagna recipes. Mainly because Dr. DP went on an exhaustive world wide lasagna search to find it!
Here’s Dr. DP to share the whole never met a lasagna she didn’t like back story…And keep watching for how to make the béchamel sauce because it’s a main ingredient to this Authentic Italian Pesto Lasagna!
Authentic Italian Pesto Lasagna Pairing Suggestion
Since coming back from Italy we have made friends with the folks at Banfi Wines
. They were digging our Italy posts and we dig them! We hope that someday they will be our sponsors on a tour of their wineries in Tuscany! In the mean time, they sent us some lovely wines to try and I have to say that so far they are all IMPECCABLE!
That said, the one I recommend the most for this dish is Fontana Candida Roma Bianco. A lovely white wine with a hint of fruit and a lot of character! It will make this Authentic Italian Pesto Lasagna melt in your mouth! Mangiare! (Eat)
…And if you get to the real Ristorante Al Castello, tell Francesco we sent you! Gratzie!
Listen Kiddies, #TasteOfItaly “Month” may be over but don’t worry, there’s still more Italy to come! We’ll continue posting about our Italian adventures throughout the summer so that you can get the most out of our #TourOfItaly! Don’t forget to check our social media channels and YOUTUBE to catch up on all those Italian independent shorts that we’ve created just for you.
And, if you LOVE this lasagna as much as we do, we’re really appreciate it if you would SHARE it on your social media pages and comment here! Gratzie!
Authentic Italian Pesto Lasagna | Taste Of Italy Month
Mamma Mia! Dr. Double Portions is a Lasagna connoisseur and we found the MOST UNIQUE lasagna ever in Cinque Terre Italy, in the town of Vernazza near the castle at Ristorante Al Castello; and I set out to recreate it! We can’t wait until you try this Authentic Italian Pesto Lasagna! It’s Molto Buono (very good)!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cinfully Simple Fresco Pesto
any variety - we like Rocket Fresco Pesto!
see our How To Video!
Italian blend shredded cheese
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
In a 9 x 12 pan spread a thin layer of pesto on the bottom,
Place a layer of lasagna noodles as the base.
Spread a generous layer of pesto on the base layer.
Place another layer of lasagna noodles in the pan.
Spread 1/2 of the béchamel (warmed if you made in advance) on that layer.
Another layer of noodles then pesto.
Another layer of noodles then the rest of the béchamel (warmed if you made in advance)
Another layer of noodles then pesto.
Top with shredded Italian cheese.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is nice and bubbly!
Remove from oven, cut and serve.
This dish is great with a nice green salad! Try this one!
Serve with a Fontana Candida Roma Bianco white wine!
Optional Add Ins:
If the carnivore in you needs a little protein fix, try browning up some mild ground Italian sausage and placing it in the layers!