White lasagna with mushrooms

By | November 8, 2011

Growing up, lasagna was something of a Shabbos staple in my house. I know that for many of you, eating lasagna for Shabbos lunch is incomprehensible, but in my vegetarian family it was completely normal.

Because certain siblings of mine prefer their lasagna “kid style” it was always the classic pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese combo.

But at Grandma and Grandpa’s house in the summers, lasagna was made two ways, in two trays: One plain for the purists, one veggie for the rest of us. And with Grandpa, lasagna never had the same vegetables twice. Mushrooms, onions, carrots, zucchini, even beets — all were fair game. (And all delicious.)

Is there anything in the world that tastes better than the sizzling lasagna your grandpa made expressly for your arrival? I don’t think so.

So I decided to take a leaf from Grandpa’s book and play around with that classic recipe, though this time with the sauce instead of the filling.

A little help from Jamie Geller, and I was well on my way to making a white lasagna. If you’re thinking that white lasagna is like white pizza — skip the sauce, just enjoy the cheese — think again. This recipe replaces the traditional tomato sauce with a creamy white bechamel sauce that kicks up the flavor and (at least in my opinion) sophistication.

One suggestion: To make sure your lasagna keeps that creaminess intact, serve it fresh. Freezing just doesn’t give you the same results.

So yes, this white lasagna with mushrooms is truly delicious, and a great variation on the classic.

But what can I say? I’m a grandpa’s girl. And I’d take a piece of his lasagna over mine any day.


12 Comments

Malka on November 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm.

so i have to buy whole milk just to make this lasagna? is it really that good?

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Tali Simon on November 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm.

You really do. And if you need a way to use the rest of the liter, try my vanilla ice cream. (And then pick a spot in the freezer, and hide it.)

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Laura on November 9, 2011 at 4:30 am.

Interesting about the whole milk v. the skim, because I totally would have used skim otherwise. This looks really luscious. I’ve always wanted to try pumpkin lasagna, too, which I think is like this, but with pumpkin added.

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Tali Simon on November 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm.

Sounds delicious. I’ll have to put that on my “to cook” list.

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Keshet on November 11, 2011 at 3:26 am.

This looks delish–I totally have to try it!

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Debbie Oziel on November 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm.

Do you buy mozzarella mamash or emek?

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Tali Simon on November 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm.

Yavneh shredded pizza cheese. (Not sure if that qualifies as mozzarella mamash, though!)

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Amy on October 15, 2012 at 12:12 am.

Hi! I discovered your website a few months ago and love reading your recipes and the stories behind them.
Do you cover the lasagna when baking? This recipe doesn’t mention covering, but most similar recipes I read do have you cover the dish. Thanks!

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Tali Simon on October 15, 2012 at 10:32 am.

You’re right, good catch. I’ve adjusted the directions.

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Amy on October 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm.

Thanks. I made it last night and covered it halfway though when it looked like it was drying out. It still came out well, and the flavor was fantastic. I can’t wait to make it again.

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avigayil on May 16, 2013 at 10:45 am.

I add a layer of baked sweet potato slices in middle- adapted form Cafe Rimon’s mushroom-sweet potato cream lasagne. Thanks for an official recipe!
Heavenly :)

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Tali Simon on May 16, 2013 at 10:59 am.

Oh man. That sounds amazing!

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