Friday 6 July 2012

Capricorn Goats Cheese Blogger Challenge recipe #4 : Goats Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Lasagne

My last couple of recipes for the Capricorn Challenge have been very simple, so I decided to push the boat out today and get a bit more creative, combining a few more punchy flavours without being totally sure they'd work together ! Well, I'm pleased to announce they do ! Here's the recipe we made - a pure Madhouse Family invention !

Goats Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Lasagne

Ingredients :

6 tomatoes
3 big mushrooms
a large onion
8 rashers of bacon
1 Capricorn goats cheese
1/2 jar of pesto (or make your own !)
1/2 box dried lasagne sheets

Get prepared by frying the bacon and putting it to one side. In the bacon fat (add a small amount of water if it's dried and stuck to the bottom of the pan), fry the sliced onions and mushrooms. In the meantime, slice the tomatoes.

Place a layer of tomato slices in the bottom of an ovenproof dish.

Top with a layer of lasagne sheets and spread a generous dollop of pesto over the lasagne sheets.

Cut the cooked bacon rashers into large pieces and distribute evenly over the pesto-covered lasagne sheets.

Spread out a generous ladleful of mushrooms and onions and dot with pieces of goats cheese.

Start all over again, layering tomatoes, lasagne sheets, pesto, bacon, mushrooms/onions and goats cheese. Now, having given this job to Sophie, we ended up with a final layer of goats cheese on dry lasagne sheets. I would have preferred finishing with "wet" ingredients (tomatoes or mushrooms and onions) to prevent the final pasta sheet drying out too much.

After 3/4 hour in the oven (at 180°), sure enough, the top layer was totally dry and crispy but, just as I was about to throw it in the bin, Juliette sauntered past, tasted a bit and declared it totally delicious - you choose then ! If you like Parmesan crisps it's the same idea but with goats cheese !

The goats cheese and pesto totally disappear and intermingle, creating a delicious and unique flavour that infuses the tomato and lasagne sheets. It's really juicy and delicious, as well as being lower in fat than traditional lasagne. (You could make it even more diet-friendly by leaving out the bacon and reducing the amount of goats cheese.)

Disclosure : I received a hamper of goodies including some Capricorn Goats Cheese to help provide inspiration for creating some tasty new recipes.

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