Portobello Mushroom & Almond Pesto Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 large portobello mushroom caps, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 14 1/2 ounce can  diced tomatoes with Italian herbs
  • 3 cups (about 10 ounces) sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 6 no-boil lasagna sheets
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup olive oil over high heat. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add the tomatoes to the skillet, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, and cook until softened, 6 to 7 minutes.
  2. Using a food processor, process the toasted almonds, parmesan, garlic, lemon peel, lemon juice and remaining 1/2 cup olive oil into a coarse paste. Transfer the pesto to a bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. In an 8-inch square baking dish, spread half the tomatoes across the bottom. Place 2 lasagna sheets on top. Spread a third of the pesto over the sheets; sprinkle with half the mozzarella and then half the mushrooms. Add another layer of lasagna sheets, pesto, mozzarella and mushrooms. Top with another layer of lasagna sheets, spread with the remaining pesto and then the remaining tomatoes. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes more. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

My friends the Kredits had a potluck at their house and I brought this lasagna. I guess word got I was cooking this dish and people were anticipating me bringing it (I was late of course). It was a hit and I look forward to making in again the future for get togethers. Below are some pictures of some other great food that was there.

 

 

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