White Seafood Lasagna
Total TimePrep: 1 hour Bake: 40 min. + standing
This was wonderful. I prepared cheese sauce and ricotta filling ahead so that it was easier to put together when we were at our cabin. Careful shopping for Shrimp and scallops and the gift of crab from a friend made it much more affordable. Also used 12 noodles instead of 9. Used fresh spinach and some beet greens, cooked and squeezed out and chopped. Frozen chopped spinach has a much stronger flavor, reminds me of chopped alfalfa. Will have to do it at least once a year because everyone loved it.
Whenever I come across an interesting new recipe, I always read all the comments, especially in this case because of the investment in ingredients. There were two schools - make it exactly as written and then a variety of expansions calling for more bechamel and or seafood, generally double one or the other or both. When I make a new recipe, I make it as written to draw my own conclusions as someone else’s personal tastes may not match my own. I found this to be excellent as written and wouldn’t make any changes. As one person suggested, I followed the instructions exactly as written to the point of measuring the cheese sauce out as I did the layering. The only compromise I made was because I couldn’t find 31-40 shrimp the day I was making this, so I had to go larger. I sautéed them as directed and then cut them to match the size of the bay scallops. I wanted even distribution of the seafood. So my final comment is make it exactly as written, and if you enjoy sweet seafood in a creamy, cheesy sauce, you’ll love this. It’s a once a year meal and would feed eight to twelve people. It cost me about $80 to make, $60 in seafood. Costco had fresh dungeness crab for 28.99 a pound which beat the price at the seafood market where I got the scallops and shrimp by $16. It was great leftover too.
First, I’m just a moderately experienced home cook. This recipe was difficult for me. Second, although it came out OK and my family liked it, the taste did not reflect the cost of ingredients or prep effort. If I make it again, I will heat the seafood for a minute or two to drain out some of the excess water (I used frozen) before sauteing. Also my cheese sauce never thickened properly; now I understand that I need to whisk it in slowly. Anyhow, probably a recipe for experienced home cooks. At least I think I learned something!
Note to Beverly, it’s such an outdated rule not to mix seafood and cheese. It’s absolutely fine to do so. Bechamel sauce is made with milk and cheese (most of times) and it’s also fine to use it with seafood.
? I always was told not to mix cheese with seafood? Might try a bechamel sauce instead.
I made this the first time for Christmas Eve, 2016. My husband's grandfather emigrated to the US from Italy, but his children abandoned their heritage. We decided to reclaim it in some way. This is one of the most delicious ways of doing this,
this is a very tasty alternative to the traditional lasagna. love it!!!
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Delicious. Wonderful flavor. Much lighter meal than I anticipated. The only change I made was to sprinkle the bread crumbs on top instead of mixing them with the ricotta. I will definitely make this again and again.