I know, I know.
The "red" is better for you. Yes, the red does have less calories, but butter isn't bad as we were led to believe. And while I love the traditional red sauces, I have a thing for the white counterparts of the red classics. Like my white enchiladas or white chili. I just like the fun and different variations of the dishes we all know and love.
When I visited home last week, my Mom had started to make this for dinner but the Peanut was begging to go outside and play, so I shooshed my Mom and Peanut out the door and I took over in the White Lasagna preparation. I would definitely make this one at home if seafood wasn't so expensive, as this is my kind of dish!
2 (14 oz.) cans plain artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
2 lbs. large shrimp, cooked and tails removed
1 Tbsp olive oil
8 oz. lasagna noodles
1 box frozen chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed completely dry of moisture,then crumbled to small pieces)
2 cups cheddar cheese (white cheddar is even better--you know, to make this "white")
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp seasoning salt
1/8 tsp pepper (white if you have it)
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/3 cup white wine
2 cups Ricotta cheese (cottage cheese works too, although Ricotta has a smoother texture)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cups fresh, grated Parmesan cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling salted water with 1 tablespoon of oil until just shy of al dente. Rinse in cold water and drain.
Sauce: Melt butter over low heat. Add onion and cook until tender. Add in flour, salt, and pepper to make a roux. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture bubbles for about two minutes. Whisking constantly, pour in milk, chicken stock and white wine. Bring to a simmer, whisking until mixture thickens--about five minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to layer with other ingredients.
Filling: Mix together Ricotta (or cottage cheese) and egg and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan. Combine with cream sauce.
Place 1/3 of lasagna noodles in bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spread with 1/3 each of artichoke hearts, shrimp, spinach, cheddar cheese, and sauce. Repeat twice and top with remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan.
Now here's another trick when making any type of lasagna: When layering your lasagna noodles, start the bottom layer of the noodles going one direction (usually the length of the dish), add your fillings/sauce, then with the next layer of noodles, alternate the direction of the noodles. Continue alternating the direction of the noodles with each layer thereafter. What this will do is provide a little more structure/sturdiness to the lasagna so when cutting into it (and when combined with the cooling tip as suggested below), you it won't just be a mess'o'lasagna.
Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until the middle is heated through. Let stand (covered in foil) 20-30 minutes prior to serving. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
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