Daring Bakers:Lasagne of Emilia Romagna

Posted by: on Mar 29, 2009 | 11 Comments

The March 2009 challenge is hosted by Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Melbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande. They have chosen Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna from The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper as the challenge.

I was expecting something sweet for this month’s Daring Bakers, and I have to admit that I put off making this lasagna until the last possible moment.  Between being overloaded with work, going to conferences and reading the Twilight books, my free time has been  pretty limited.  I wasn’t in the mood for meat and I decided to make a mushroom ‘ragu’.  I am always in the mood for mushrooms.  Shitake mushrooms have become on of my favorite things over the last year.  I thought that the mushrooms went really well with the delicate spinach pasta.  I used a pasta machine, and found this dough to be really easy to roll out.  My husband helped, and we had long green noodles draped over the kitchen drying.  It looked a little nuts like green snakeskins…yum.  The whole project was well worth it.  In the end, this was a really delicious dish that I will make again.

Thanks so much to this month’s hosts: Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Melbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande! You can find the complete recipe for the pasta and lasagne assembling on their blogs.  Check out the other Daring Bakers’ creations on the fabulous brand new site or the blogroll!

Mushroom Ragu
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cups diced portobello mushrooms
3 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
3 cups sliced button mushrooms
1 cup sliced shitake mushrooms
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp ground pepper
1/4  tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 cup whole milk

Saute the mushrooms in the olive oil.  Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.  Add the spices, tomatoes and milk and bring to a low simmer, partially covered for at least an hour.



  1. Rosa
    March 30, 2009

    What beautiful layers! Your lasagne look perfect and ever so good! Great job!



  2. Lisa
    March 30, 2009

    Those layers and layers are magnificent as are the photos! Everything came out perfect, awesome job!

  3. kat
    March 30, 2009

    Its so beautiful with those green noodles

  4. katie
    March 30, 2009

    I made a mushroom ragu as well! Mmmm…it was tasty! Great job on your challenge! I love all the layers!

  5. ciaochowlinda
    March 30, 2009

    I love your interpretation of this classic dish. It makes me want to crank up my pasta machine right now.

  6. Chelsea Rose
    March 30, 2009

    Both a vegetarian and meat eater’s dream! mmmm

  7. Audax Artifex
    March 30, 2009

    Bravo on the great results I just love the photo and the extra thin layer you achieved

  8. Maggie
    March 30, 2009

    I love the chunks of mushroom peeking out! It looks delicious!

  9. Jude
    April 1, 2009

    Such perfectly defined layers. I wish I had time to participate in this month’s challenge.

  10. Dragon
    April 4, 2009

    Your lasagna looks amazing! Great job with the challenge.

  11. Ting
    October 18, 2010

    Hi Jillian, I came cross your site today while looking up for some pumpkin recipe. This lasagna looks BEAUTIFUL!! I can’t resist and noodle looks in green (either has spinach or green tea powder). Keep the great job!

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