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!
Have a slice of Authentic Italian Pesto Lasagna by Cinfully Simple

#Vernazza #CinqueTerre Most Colorful Cities in the World! @rick.steves @cinque.terre2.0 @pinterest

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Cinque Terre 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.
We couldn’t have picked a better spot to introduce us to the Italy and it’s food! OMG the entire Italy adventure was a veritable cornucopia of amazing flavors and tastes and Cinque Terre scored big on the Pesto and Lasagna scale!
Authentic Italian Pesto Lasagna prep
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
Authentic Italian Pesto Lasagna prep
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!
Authentic Italian Pesto Lasagna ready for the oven
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


Fontana Candida by Banfi Wines Rosso Bianco on table with lake in background

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!
Authentic Italian Pesto Lasagna by Cinfully Simple
 
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! 
Italian flag in shape of boot with social media icons surrounding it. It says tour of Italy taste of Italy continues
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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)!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Recipe Creator Cinfully Simple

Ingredients

  • 1 c Cinfully Simple Fresco Pesto any variety - we like Rocket Fresco Pesto!
  • 2 c bechamel sauce see our How To Video!
  • 1 pkg lasagna noodles cooked aldente
  • 1/2 c Italian blend shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a 9 x 12 pan spread a thin layer of pesto on the bottom,
  3. Place a layer of lasagna noodles as the base.
  4. Spread a generous layer of pesto on the base layer.
  5. Place another layer of lasagna noodles in the pan.
  6. Spread 1/2 of the béchamel (warmed if you made in advance) on that layer.
  7. Another layer of noodles then pesto.
  8. Another layer of noodles then the rest of the béchamel (warmed if you made in advance)
  9. Another layer of noodles then pesto.
  10. Top with shredded Italian cheese.
  11. Bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is nice and bubbly!
  12. Remove from oven, cut and serve.

Notes

Serving Suggestion:
This dish is great with a nice green salad! Try this one!

Pairing Suggestion:
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!


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CC

Super foodie sidekick to #DrDP; digital storyteller, part time ginger and queen of convenience with more ideas than time. I go by #CC #CinfulCindy #CinfullySimple

2 Comments

AC · 07/02/2016 at 3:02 PM

This is an amazing spin on lasagna!

    CC · 07/09/2016 at 11:37 AM

    Why thank you! We think so too!

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