This dish amps up the flavors of traditional lasagna with earthy, assertive ground lamb, plump, juicy roasted tomatoes, creamy white bean spread and woodsy rosemary. I prefer sturdy whole wheat lasagna noodles in this recipe, but feel free to use whatever you like. Just be sure to use no-boil lasagna. —mariaraynal
grape or cherry tomatoes
sea or kosher salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper to taste
15 ounce cans cannellini or navy beans, rinsed and drained
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread tomatoes on parchment or Silpat-lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper and use your hands to combine. Roast for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
Put beans in the bowl of a food processor. Add anchovy paste, rosemary and garlic. Process until smooth. Then, add olive oil in a slow stream, continuing to process until well combined.
Saute onion, salt and pepper in a large skillet until soft. Add garlic, cook for a few more minutes, then move onion mixture aside in pan and add ground lamb. Brown lamb for several minutes, then break up with a spatula and add rosemary. After several minutes, stir in tomato paste and allow to cook down. If the mixture looks too greasy, remove a spoonful or two of fat and discard. Add roasted tomatoes and gently combine. When just cooked through, deglaze with wine and reduce.
Spray large casserole dish with olive oil or cooking spray. Arrange four lasagna noodles to cover bottom of pan, then spread about a third of the white bean mixture on top of the noodles. Spread a third of the lamb mixture on top of beans, then sprinkle with about a cup and a quarter of the mixed cheeses, or more if you wish. Repeat. If you choose to do a third layer, go for it and add an additional cup and a quarter of mixed cheeses. Otherwise, use the leftover bean spread for crackers or crudites and use the lamb to top pasta.
Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Allow to rest for 15-20 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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