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Winter Cravings: SPINACH AND MUSHROOM LASAGNE

In the cold cold weather outside, really really chilly, what could be more comfortable than the whole family coming together and devouring on this comforting, rich and hearty layers of greens, bursting with the flavours of basil and taste and nutrition of the wild mushrooms,  mmm....for all those winter cravings!  Eating absolutely the tops first!  Enjoy this epitome of versatility !


Ingredients
115 gms butter,
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped,
115 gms shallots,
225 gms wild mushrooms,
450 gms spinach, cooked drained and finely chopped,
280 gms freshly grated Cheddar Cheese,
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg,
1 tsp chopped fresh basil,
55 gms plain flour,
600 ml hot milk
8 dried pre-cook lasagne sheets,
Salt and black to taste

Preheat the oven to 200C/ f00F/ Gas Mark 6. Lighly grease an ovenproof dish with a little butter.
Melt the butter in the pan on low heat, add the garlic while the butter is not too hot,  tip in the shallots, and then the wild mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes, tip in the cooked spinach, 225 gms of the Cheddar cheese, the nutmeg and the basil.
Season with salt and black pepper and keep aside.
Melt the remaining butter in another pan over a low heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring continuously for one minute. Slowly add in the hot milk, stirring until smooth. Stir in 25 gms of the remaining cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper
Spread half of the mushroom and spinach mixture over the base of the prepared dish. Cover with a layer of lasagne, then with half the cheese sauce. Repeat the process and sprinkle over the remaining cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve immediately

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IPS Khurana said...

intense desire...to taste this...thanks !

Nandita said...

Appetizing!...and quite a mouthful.....can't resist this one during the cold winters :-)

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