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White Lasagna, Romanesco & Sausage

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White Lasagna is a fun twist on traditional lasagna! This white Lasagna has Italian Sausage and Romanesco, a delicious cruciferous vegetable!

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Once in a while, you just have to splurge on something that is delicious, decadent even, but certainly not low calorie, by any means!

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Since I did all of the great recipes for you for Valentine’s Day, before Valentine’s Day, I had to come up with something fun for my Valentine!

I have had this recipe idea on my schedule since last winter, but haven’t been able to locate Romanesco, until just recently! So without further ado, here is my version of White Lasagna!

What is White Lasagna

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White Lasagna is simply lasagna that is made without tomato sauce, or Bolognese sauce. Traditional, Italian lasagna combines a bechamel, or white sauce with a bolognese. The white sauce thickens up the tomato sauce, to make it creamy and delicious!

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This White Lasagna is made with a Parmesam bechamel and with ricotta, so it is super rich!

What is Romanesco?

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Romanesco is a cruciferous vegetable that has a very long history in Italy. It was very common even in the 16th century!

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Romanesco is also known as Romanesco broccoli, or Romanesco cauliflower. It has a flavor that is reminiscent of cauliflower, but with a more subtle flavor!

Romanesco is also a gorgeous vegetable, high in vitamins C and K. It is known as a fractal. It’s buds are arranged in an algorithmic spiral, following the Fibonacci series. (Think of the spirals on a snails’ shell).

Romanesco is available in our area, usually in the late Fall and early Winter, but I have not been able to find any this year until recently. We found it several years ago and are truly enamored with it’s goodness!

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The combination of the spicy Italian sausage with the Romanesco and the creamy sauce, is truly perfection!

How to make white lasagna

  1. Remove sausage from casing and break up.
  2. Brown on both sides.
  3. Blanch Romanesco for 2 minutes.
  4. Next make the cheese sauce. Dice onion and garlic.
  5. Warm chicken stock and milk in microwave.
  6. Melt butter in large saucepan.
  7. Soften onion and garlic in butter.
  8. Melt remaining butter.
  9. Add flour. Whisk until smooth.
  10. Cook about 2-3 minutes, until bubbly. Then add chicken stock and milk, all at once.
Raw sausage placed in cast iron pan. Sausage after cooking. Blanched romanesco. Ingredients for bechamel. Chicken stock in measuring cup. Melted butter in saucepan. Onion and garlic sauteing in butter. More butter added to pot. Flour added to pot. Cooked roux.Pin

How to build lasagna

  1. Grate fresh Parmesan (don’t use the pre-grated stuff with the cellulose in it).
  2. Cook until sauce thickens, then add Parmesan and white pepper to sauce.
  3. Cook and stir until sauce coats spoon. Taste for salt, now, and adjust.
  4. Add ricotta, egg and spices to small bowl.
  5. Mix.
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  1. Cook lasagna according to package directions. Spray lasagna pan with cooking oil and spread a few tablespoons sauce to the bottom of pan.
  2. Place single layer of pasta in pan.
  3. Spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture on top of pasta. Then add another layer of pasta.
  4. Place single layer of pasta in pan.
  5. Spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture on top of pasta. Then add another layer of pasta.
  6. Spread with 1/3 of the bechamel. Top with half of the Romanesco and sausage
  7. Repeat. Final layer is pasta topped with bechamel and mozzarella.
Creamy bechamel in saucepan. Sprayed lasagna pan. Cooked lasgana noodles lined up in pan. Noodles topped with ricotta. New layer of pasta with bechamel, sausage and romanesco added to top. Last layer is finished with bechamel and mozzarella cheese.Pin

There are quite a few steps to making this White Lasagna, but it is by no means difficult!

The other thing, every pot and pan and utensil will be dirty by the time this bad boy is in the oven! 😂 (well, not quite, but almost, and so worth it!) Next time you need a special dish to impress, this dish will certainly do that!

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Can White Lasagna be frozen?

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White lasagna freezes quite well, before baking, for 3 or 4 months, if it is well wrapped. Allow the lasagna to thaw in freezer for at least 2-3 days. Then bake as usual. (may take an additional 30 minutes or so to cook.)

Individual pieces of lasagna can be frozen after they are cooked. Thaw in the refrigerator and then microwave, or bake to reheat.

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There you have it! Delicious white lasagna!

Enjoy! And have fun cooking!

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White Lasagna, Romanesco & Sausage

White Lasagna is a fun twist on traditional lasagna! This white Lasagna has Italian Sausage and Romanesco, a delicious cruciferous vegetable!
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5 from 11 votes
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Course: entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 620kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $8

Ingredients

For bechamel, white sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 6 Tbsp Butter
  • 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock, warmed
  • 2.5 cups milk, warmed
  • 3 cups grated, fresh Parmesan cheese or mixture Parmesan and Romano
  • 1 tsp white pepper

Ricotta Layer

Instructions

  • Prepare Romanesco and sausage. Then set aside.

For Bechamel

  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large saucepan. Add onion and garlic and cook to soften
  • Add remainder of butter and melt. Add flour and whisk until smooth paste. Cook on low for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add warmed milk and chicken stock, all at once. Whisk, or stir until thickened over medium heat. (about 20 minutes). ‘once thickened add Parmesan and pepper. Once that is melted, adjust salt to taste. Set aside.

For Assembly

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare ricotta mixture. Boil lasagna noodles and drain. Work quickly now, so that lasagna doesn’t stick together.
  • Add a few tablespoons on sauce to pan, sprayed with no stick spray. Place layer of lasagna in a lasagna pan. Mine is 14.5″ x 10.5″, so if fits 5 noodles per layer. Yours may vary. 
  • Spread half of ricotta mixture on lasagna. Top with another layer of noodles. 
  • Spread about 1/3 of bechamel on top of pasta. Sprinkle with half of the sausage and half of the Romanesco. Repeat layers.
  • On top of last layer of pasta, spread with the rest of the bechamel and then with the sliced, or grated mozzarella.
  • Bake for 1 hour, or so until hot and bubbly. Let rest 15 minutes before slicing.
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Notes

Cover lasagna with foil if the cheese on top is getting too browned.
Can be made 1-2 days ahead. Refrigerate. Allow the pan to come to room temperature for at least 30-45 minutes, before baking. Bake at 300°F for 30 minutes. Then increase oven temperature to 350°F. Cook until hot and bubbly.
If lasagna is covered, don’t let the foil touch the top of the cheese. It will stick to foil.

Nutrition

Calories: 620kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1094mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 770IU | Vitamin C: 48.6mg | Calcium: 551mg | Iron: 3mg
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24 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is awesome! I was looking for a tasty way to finish up a head of romanesco cauliflower and this was perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    I didn’t know that Romanesco was a fractal! It’s certainly so pretty and I agree about its subtle and delicate flavor. I really love your white lasagna and your white sauce sounds flavorful to the max, definitely on my meal plan!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow, this looks so good! My mouth was actually watering when I was reading those ingredients! This lasagna is a must-try!

  4. 5 stars
    I love romanesco cauli, it is such a beautiful vegetable, something not said very often… It also tastes superb, I love the flavours in this lasagna it sounds delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    This looks awesome!! I love the idea because I sometimes can’t handle tomato sauce! Will def keep this in my back pocket!

  6. I have learned something new today. I have never seen or eatten white lasagna.. and the combination with the Romanesco sounds so delicious! Lovely share

  7. 5 stars
    This lasagna looks so comforting and delicious! I love the fractal appearance of Romanesco. So neat. Plus, white sauce and ricotta is so good too! Thanks for sharing.

  8. 5 stars
    Looks so delicious, Binky! I can’t seem to find romanesco here, could I substitute cauliflower instead?

  9. 5 stars
    This looks so delicious! I can’t get Romanesco around here. At least that I’ve noticed! I love white sauce anything and your lasagna looks perfect!

    1. Thanks so much Elaine! If you call the Wegmans that is near you, that is where I have found them. Although, inconsistently! If you can find them, you must try them! They are so good.

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