Open Lasagna of Mushrooms, Pine Nuts, and Thyme

Open Mushroom Lasagna Recipe

We’re usually quite taken with tradition. That said, we’re also quite smitten with this unconventional approach to lasagna. It defies tradition by ingeniously slicing fresh (read: store-bought) lasagna noodles and stacking them to create individual portions that are embarrassingly easy to assemble yet seemingly quite elegant. Seeing as how this little number captures the richness to which we’re accustomed with relatively little effort, we dare say that usurping tradition, in this instance anyways, is for a just and noble cause. After all, when’s the last time you had homemade lasagna on a Tuesday?–Renee Schettler Rossi

LC Lasagna Like You Like It Note

As mentioned in our gushing MASH note of a headnote above, we quite like the ease and elegance of this recipe. But don’t be a slave to it. The basic concept is easily translatable to just about any pasta-ish ingredients you fancy, including more conventional lasagna fixings such as simple sausage and tomato sauce. Regardless, we think you’ll quite like this blueprint of a recipe. But don’t limit yourself to lasagna sheets. Even though we love the manner in which they drape themselves over other ingredients, a long and slender pasta shape such as tagliatelle or fettuccine will also do the trick—and won’t require fussing with a knife at the table.

Open Mushroom Lasagna Recipe

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  • Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces (2 medium) fresh lasagna sheets
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 10 ounces assorted mushrooms, such as cremini, portobello, or shiitake, thickly sliced (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 bacon slices, cut into similar size pieces as the mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 really quite heaping tablespoon pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup roughly shredded pecorino cheese, plus more to taste

Directions

  • 1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Cut each lasagna sheet into eight 3 1/4-inch squares (you will need sixteen squares total). Boil half of the pasta squares until al dente, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer to a bowl of cold water, leave for 15 to 20 seconds, then drain. Place the pasta squares flat on a dry towel, unfolding them if they clump together, and cover with another dishtowel. Don’t worry if some of the squares have cooked to uneven sizes; it doesn’t matter. Repeat with the remaining pasta squares.
  • 2. Meanwhile, heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet or saucepan. Add the mushrooms and bacon and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for 1 minute. Spoon off all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat from the pan. Add the pine nuts and cream and stir until combined. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • 3. Preheat the broiler to medium-high. Place a pasta square in each of 4 shallow heatproof pasta bowls. Place a heaping spoonful of mushrooms and sauce on top of each pasta square. Repeat the layering twice so you end up with a stack containing 3 layers each of pasta and sauce. Top each stack with another pasta square, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with the cheese. Place the bowls of lasagna under the broiler until the cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve hot or warm.
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Angie Hsing

Feb 07, 2011

Simple, fresh lasagna with classic flavors of mushroom and thyme make this a great, earthy pasta dish. Next time I’ll try different types of mushrooms (I used cremini and shiitake).

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Dan Kraan

Feb 07, 2011

This Open Lasagna with Mushrooms, Pine Nuts, and Thyme (not to mention other goodies), was surprisingly light. This would make a great appetizer portion or, perhaps by adding a side salad, a light lunch. All the flavours come together very nicely to create an intriguing alternative to regular lasagna.

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Jeremy Schweitzer

Feb 07, 2011

This was a fast and easy recipe for an open lasagna; however, in the future I would switch this to a pappardelle and just toss the sauce with the noodles. Why? This was a little hard to eat. My guests ended up slicing the noodles, eating it like a tossed pasta anyway, so why not meet expectations.

That said, we all thought the result was delicious—despite my forgetting to follow the last instruction to drizzle more olive oil over the top. (We agreed that the extra oil might have been too much.) I used a mix of cremini and shiitake mushrooms.

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Jackie G.

Feb 07, 2011

As my husband and I ate, we kept saying that this is a “restaurant quality” dish. The flavors are rich but not fussy. We made our own pasta, which was light, and it created a very nice platform for the sauce. At first, I was unsure about cooking the mushrooms and bacon together, but they caramelized so beautifully. I guess that’s what good extra-virgin olive oil, butter, and bacon fat will do!

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Kristina R.

Feb 07, 2011

This deconstructed lasagna is an easy and light supper. I used a mix of shiitake and cremini mushrooms. I also used dried thyme and grated Parmigiano cheese since that’s what I had on hand. The only downside was that it was a bit messy to eat, so I’d probably be inclined to use a different pasta in the future, maybe fettuccine.

Comments
Comments
  1. Sarah Rachel says:

    When planning dinner tonight one thing I thought of was a deconstructed lasagna (there were only two of us eating), but I couldn’t think of the right things to put inside. This looks so delicious! Thanks for the great idea!

    • Allison Parker says:

      Great minds think alike? Glad you like the idea of this as much as we did. Thanks for commenting. Please let us know if you try it.

  2. Tanya says:

    Having just had my first-EVER success with lasagna, I can’t help but think this deconstructed lasagna idea is GENIUS! And I’ve got most of the ingredients in my fridge right now. Can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks!

  3. Janet Foster says:

    This sounds fabulous. How can you go wrong with bacon and cheese in the same dish. I love white lasagna. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Dan Kraan, LC Community Moderator says:

      Bacon and cheese are two of my favourite food groups! As fabulous as this sounds, the lasagna is just as easy to prepare.

  4. Deena says:

    This recipe looks so yummy. I recently came across this blog and have been reading some topics. I thought I would leave my first comment. I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    • Dan Kraan, LC Community Moderator says:

      This recipe is definitely yummy, Deena. It’s also adaptable and easy to scale for surprise dinner guests.

    • Renee Schettler Rossi, LC Editor-in-Chief says:

      That’s a compliment of the highest order, Deena. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We look forward to hearing more from you…

    • David Leite says:

      Welcome, Deena. We hope to hear more from you in the future.

  5. Joey says:

    I made this last week, following the commentor’s suggestion to use parpadelle instead of stacked lasagna. It was so good, I ended up eating the leftovers for dinner three nights in a row. And it was so fast and easy! Definitely going in the regular rotation.

    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      Joey, thrilled to hear that you like this pasta tactic as much as we do. We’re quite fond of it, too, no matter what longish, wide-ish strands of pasta we try—and we’ve tried many!

  6. Mrs E says:

    This is a great recipe, so simple. I doubted my bacon would brown in 6 to 8 minutes but it did! The mushrooms get caramelized and the whole dish is just delicious. I made fresh homemade pappardelle and added the freshly cooked noodles to the pan, the dish was so comforting and delicious. This is an easy weeknight dish. The only thing I wanted to do was add the slightest amount of freshly grated nutmeg but I forgot…next time.

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