Lasagna is a luscious dish in its traditional dressing with ragù, bechamel sauce and mozzarella. But during summer it is absolutely too much heavy. That is why a few years I started preparing these Lasagne with Basil Pesto, Bechamel Sauce, Cherry Tomato and Mozzarella especially during summer and spring time.
I call them Summer Lasagne or Italian Tricolour Lasagne. They are perfect when we sit to watch a football match during the World Cup for example, they augur well.
And it is like supporting our national team with our best first dish!
If you invite some guests for dinner to watch a football match it is also very funny to serve theme dishes. You can serve small portions of these lasagne and eat them watching the television!
for the Basil Pesto
- 60 g Basil Leaves (washed and dried)
- 20 g Pine Nuts
- 80 g Parmesan Cheese
- Salt to taste
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 120 g Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
for the Béchamel Sauce
- 1 L Milk
- 100 g Flour
- 50 g Butter
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 300 g Cherry Tomatoes (Pachino variety in this recipe)
- 500 g Mozzarella
- 50 g Parmesan Cheese
- 350 g Lasagne
How to prepare the Lasagne with Basil Pesto, Bechamel Sauce, Cherry Tomato and Mozzarella
Prepare the pesto.
Put basil, parmesan cheese, pine nuts and garlic in the bowl. 20 Sec. Speed 7.
Add oil and salt. Emulsify. 20 Sec. Speed 7. Put pesto aside.
Prepare the béchamel sauce. (don't worry if the bowl is dirty, we'll mix all together at the end :-))
Put all the ingredients for the béchamel sauce in the bowl. 12 Min. 90°C Speed 4.
Now start preparing the lasagna while béchamel sauce is hot.
Make alternate layers like this: lasagne, béchamel sauce, pesto, ground mozzarella, parmesan cheese and cherry tomatoes cut into pieces.
Put only béchamel sauce and pesto on the last layer.
Bake at 200°C for 30 Min.
You can replace traditional mozzarella with buffalo mozzarella if you like and if you can afford it. It all gets a special taste!!!!
Translated from the Italian recipe
Lasagne con Pesto, Besciamella, Pachino e Mozzarella: Ricetta Tricolore per l'Estate