With Christmas comes calories and all things indulgent and once the New Year dawns, we simply must lighten things up. We don't lighten things up so that we have to eat tasteless, bland "diet" food. Oh no. That would never do around here; however, we look for ways to consume fewer calories and make things healthier without compromising flavor.
When I saw the recipe for Mushroom Lasagna in the January/February issue of Cooking Light magazine, I knew that I had to give it a try. After the lasagna that I told you about here and the thousands of calories consumed in eating it and amount of money that I spent in buying the ingredients to make that dish, this lasagna had its work cut out for it. I seriously did not know if it could even compete.
After giving it a try tonight, I have to say that this is way more than a cheaper and lower calorie alternative. This dish can stand on its own any day. With the "meaty mushrooms"....the garlic...the fresh herbs...the "lite" yet creamy and oh so flavorful sauce, the heavy cheeses and thick bechamel sauce that were in the last lasagna were not missed in this one. Don't let the awful photo fool you. It definitely does not do this dish justice. You simply must give this one a try.
Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/4 cups chopped shallots (about 4)
1 (8-ounce) package cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 (16-ounce) package white button mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
6 garlic cloves, minced and divided
1/2 cup white wine
3 oz. cream cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, divided
3 cups 2% reduced-fat milk, divided
1 cup broth
1 1/10 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/4 cup)
9 no-boil lasagna noodles
1/2 - 1 cup of fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil to pan along with the chopped shallots. Sauté 3 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sauté until mushrooms are browned, about 6 minutes. Add fresh thyme and 3 chopped garlic cloves. Sauté 1 minute and stir in wine. Bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until liquid almost evaporates, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen up any browned bits that may be on the bottom. Remove from heat; stir in cream cheese and 1 tablespoon chives. Set aside.
Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan and swirl to coat. Add remaining 3 garlic cloves to pan; sauté 30 seconds. Add broth, 2 3/4 cups milk, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a boil. Combine remaining 1/4 cup milk and flour in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add flour mixture to milk mixture, and simmer 2 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly with a whisk.
Spoon 1/2 cup sauce into an 13x9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, and top with 3 noodles. Spread half of mushroom mixture over noodles. Cover the mushrooms with fresh baby spinach. Ladle some sauce over the top. Repeat layers, ending with remaining sauce. Sprinkle cheese over top. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden. Top with remaining 1 tablespoon chopped chives.
I used what I had in the fridge for this recipe. I didn't have the interesting and exotic mushrooms. I didn't have light cream cheese. I had chicken broth to use in place of the "reserved porcini broth". We like cheese and I happened to have some Monterey Jack that was grated in the fridge so we added that on top along with the Parmesan Cheese. Even with that addition, it was still much less than we normally use in a dish like this. This recipe is so much easier and so versatile that I can see it being a great base recipe to alter and change according to what I have in the fridge. David and I were talking about that tonight as we prepared this together. Goat cheese would be a fantastic substitute for
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Have a blessed week!
This recipe is being shared here
with Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday.