Sweet Corn and Basil Lasagna

Do you remember those Garfield cartoons in which the fat cat dumps an entire pan of lasagna in his mouth? That’s pretty much how I feel about lasagna.

Here’s a totally new take on the pasta dish from Food Network star Giada Di Laurentiis:

Sweet Corn and Basil Lasagnaserves 4 to 6
Vegetable oil cooking spray
3 cups frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups grated pecorino romano cheese
Grated zest of 1 large lemon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 packed cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp provolone cheese
6 no-boil lasagna sheets (about half a 9-ounce box)
Olive oil, for drizzling

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray an 8-inch square glass baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray.

In a food processor, blend the corn, cream, and garlic until chunky. Add the mascarpone cheese, 1 cup of the Romano cheese, the lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Add the basil and pulse until just combined.

Spread one-third of the corn mixture on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with one-third of the provolone cheese. Place 2 lasagna sheets on top.

Repeat twice with the remaining corn mixture, provolone cheese, and lasagna sheets. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup Romano cheese and drizzle with olive oil.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Cool for 10 minutes.

Cut into 6 pieces and serve.


Copyright © 2012 by Giada De Laurentiis. Photographs copyright © 2012 by Amy Neunsinger.

Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner by Giada De Laurentiis

Published: Mar 27, 2012 by Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 9780307451026
Price: $35.00



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Cassandra Sadek is a thirty-something mama to an active boy who loves to help her cook and make messes in the kitchen. Balancing a career and a family leaves very little time for dinner prep, so she’s always looking for easy meals that are freezable. Cass has recently been bitten by the running bug, and is training with The Running Room and Goodlife Fitness. To keep her motivation going strong, she is participating in #GoTheDist2013 and is keeping her eye on Disney's Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Follow Cass on Twitter at @literalicious or @RandomHouseCA.


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