This open lasagna of mushrooms, pine nuts, and thyme with a garlic cream sauce is the fastest and easiest lasagna we’ve ever made.
Open Mushroom Lasagna
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- 25 M
- 25 M
- Serves 4
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Cut each lasagna sheet into eight 3 1/4-inch squares (you will need 16 squares total).
Boil half 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 towel. Repeat with the remaining pasta squares.
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.
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. Originally published February 7, 2011.
We quite like the ease and elegance of this recipe as-is. But don’t be a slave to the specifics. 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. Similarly, even though we love the manner in which the lasagna noodles drape themselves on the plate, 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.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
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).
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!