Asparagus lasagna…

by Sunita on June 1, 2007

Mention lasagna and all four of us stand to attention. Well, for that matter, any pasta dish has that effect. A week passed without pasta is a week incomplete…yes, that’s how much we love it…

Whether the dish is hot or cold, vegetarian or non vegetarian, the options with pasta are limitless.

The word pasta comes from Italian pasta which shares its origins with “paste”, meaning “dough”, “pasta”, or “pastry” as in “small cake”. As recently as 1918 the English word “paste” was used instead of or alongside the Italian pasta.[1] is a type of food made from the flour of certain grains mixed with water and/or eggs, which is then kneaded and formed into various shapes, and boiled prior to consumption. Pasta can be found in numerous different forms; both fresh and dried and in many different shapes and varieties, probably the most famous of which is spaghetti.

Lasagna, also lasagne (pronounced /lə’zan.jə/), is both a form of pasta in sheets (sometimes rippled, though seldom so in Italy) and also a dish, sometimes named Lasagne al fornocheese, and sometimes ragù (a meat sauce). (meaning “oven-cooked Lasagne”) made with alternate layers of pasta,

So much for the pasta…as for the British asparagus, it is locally available during the months of May-June…it not only tastes divine , but is one of nature’s superfoods. Asparagus is one of the leading suppliers among vegetables of folic acid.When picking the asparagus, one should look for firm, green spears with tight, crisp tips.
Both these ingredients are loved by us, so when they were put together along with a fresh tomato based sauce, it was a bit irresistible and went down very well at the dinner table a couple of nights ago.

So here goes-

What’s needed-

6 sheets of lasagna
250 gms of asparagus, the tips separated and the rest chopped into small pieces
1 onion, chopped
3-4 pods of garlic, chopped
2 carrots, cut into sticks
1 pepper(any colour), sliced
200 gms of cheese(I used mature cheddar), grated
8-9 tomatoes, sliced
7-8 button mushrooms, sliced
1 C sweetcorn
1 and 1/2 tsp dried or chopped fresh herbs(rosemary, thyme, parsely)
4-5 tblsp olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

How to-

Pre heat the oven at 180 deg cel, gas mark 4.

Heat 2 tblsp of oil in a pan and add the onion, garlic,carrots and sliced pepper. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and stir fry for 5-6 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and herbs and simmer till the tomatoes are mushy and the sauce begins to thicken( approximately 15-20 minutes over low heat).

Add the tomato mixture to a blender to make a smooth sauce. Keep aside.

Microwave the asparagus including the tips with 2 tblsp of water for 4-5 minutes or until tender. alternatively,place them in a pan of boiling water and simmer till tender.

Heat 2-3 tblsp of oil in a pan and fry the mushrooms, sweetcorn and asparagus till the mushrooms soften. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Pick the tips and keep aside.

Grease a baking dish. Spoon 1/3 of the mushroom-sweetcorn-asparagus mixture. Sprinkle a little cheese( not much is needed at this stage as enough needs to be saved to cover the top), cover with 2 sheets of lasagna followed by 1/3 of the tomato sauce.

Repeat the last process 2 more times.Arrange the asparagus tips on the last layer of sauce and cover with the remaining cheese.

Place the dish in the centre of the pre-heated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.
Divide into portions and serve hot with fresh salad and bread ( we had the salad but forgot to put in on the plate while clicking(!!!), as for the bread, if there’s pasta, no one touches it, so…)

The lasagna tasted heavenly…the kids did not talk too much while eating (which is always a good sign as that means that either they like the dish or are too hungry to talk…the latter option can be ruled out as they had been stuffing themselves not so long ago, so…), neither did we grown ups…all of us too engrossed in savouring the dish and the the kids and their dad had their eyes especially on a second helping…which is always a very good sign… I can say that I usually manage to turn out fairly decent pasta dishes, but this one was one among the higher echeleons of my list. And again, since I’m so pleased with the way the dish has turned out, I’m sending the recipe over to Ruth , the host of Presto pasta night .

Enjoy!!!

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Richa June 1, 2007 at 3:11 pm

wow! that plate of lasagna looks Yum-O! i want a piece now :) what a beautiful creation, u always have such nice variations, love it!
thanks!

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2 sunita June 1, 2007 at 3:15 pm

Richa,thanks…wish I could hand you some…nice to have you over…

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3 trupti June 1, 2007 at 3:48 pm

Delicious combination of flavors, Sunita. I have always loved steamed Asparagus…and adding this to Lasagna is a great way to enjoy it.
Have a lovely weekend!

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4 Asha June 1, 2007 at 4:00 pm

I got a bunch of Asparagus too,love them sauteed.Lasagna of course looks delicious,who wouldn’t like that?!:))

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5 sunita June 1, 2007 at 4:06 pm

Trupti, thanks… I love asparagus in all it’s forms…you too have a great weekend…

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6 sunita June 1, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Asha,thanks and have a nice weekend…

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7 Mishmash ! June 1, 2007 at 4:30 pm

“..Mention lasagna and all four of us stand to attention. ” heheh, I am imagining you all in that position :) ) lasagna is my fav too with some meat in that obviously ;P

Shn

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8 sunita June 1, 2007 at 4:35 pm

Shn,for heaven’s sake,now that you mention it,I can’t stop thinking the same and my sides are literally splitting…

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9 JennDZ - The Leftover Queen June 1, 2007 at 4:52 pm

That looks beautiful Sunita. I love the addition of the asparagus!

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10 Kribha June 1, 2007 at 5:02 pm

Dear Sunita,
First time here. I liked many recipes. Will have to go thru everything in leisure.I have never tried lasagna, but I love pasta and cheese. Asparagus is a nice addition to it. Will try it sometime.

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11 sunita June 1, 2007 at 5:33 pm

Jenndz, it did taste good…nice to have you over…

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12 sunita June 1, 2007 at 5:38 pm

Kribha, welcome to my world…do try the recipes that catch your fancy…

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13 Seema June 1, 2007 at 8:51 pm

Sunita, I made lasagna too over the weekend but i made spinach lasagna. Asparagus lasagna sounds so very yummy girl. I love Asparagus and always bookmark recipes from it. Am gonna make it and let you know sometime soon. Thanx a bunch for the recipe.

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14 sunita June 1, 2007 at 9:29 pm

Seema,you’re most welcome…do give it a try…

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15 Suganya June 1, 2007 at 10:46 pm

Lasagna is always heavenly. Nice recipe

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16 Cynthia June 2, 2007 at 3:38 am

I like pasta too! Will try this asparagus-lasange recipe.

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17 sunita June 2, 2007 at 6:36 am

Suganya, we love lasagna…nice to have you over…

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18 Sig June 3, 2007 at 4:48 am

Sunita, don’t shoot me, but I don’t like lasagna… :( Your picture looks tempting though, and I love asparagus…

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19 sunita June 3, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Sig, I haven’t got a gun, so rest assured…I do hope you get tempted enough to get used to it…nice to have you over…

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20 Anonymous June 3, 2007 at 9:50 pm

Sunita,
You have a lovely blog with a wonderful collection of recipes. I really like this one and I am going to bookmark this recipe to try when I next buy asparagus.

Mamatha

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21 sunita June 3, 2007 at 9:56 pm

Mamatha, welcome to my world…do give it a go…nice to have you over…

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22 Dumela June 4, 2007 at 9:21 am

wow, looks sooooo divine… never tried it with asparagus, will def try it…

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23 sunita June 4, 2007 at 1:40 pm

Dumela,thanks and welcome to my world…do give it a go…nice to have you over

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24 Ruth Daniels June 6, 2007 at 2:47 pm

It IS a beautiful creation – and I’m sorry it got missed last week over at Presto Pasta Night. It definitely will be “on the menu” this time around.

Thanks so much for joining in PPN fun.

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25 Prema Sundar June 6, 2007 at 3:27 pm

lasagna looks great … I too made one last week.. will post it sometime later

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