Award-winning chef. Successful restaurateur. Iron Chef judge. Social media star. Donatella Arpaia has done it all. Still her favorite thing to do is working in the kitchen, creating inspiring dishes using the freshest, most authentic ingredients—including Galbani® cheese. Explore her latest menu ideas and learn tricks of the trade from this inspirational entrepreneur.

Galbani® Garden Fresh Lasagna

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

VEGETARIAN BOLOGNESE

2 tbsp. Olive oil
1 Large onion, finely chopped
  Celery, grated
  Carrots, grated
3 Large zucchinis or 2 large eggplants, trimmed and grated
3 cups Button mushrooms, coarsely chopped
2 Garlic cloves, smashed and coarsely chopped
1 Sprig fresh rosemary
  Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 28-oz. can Italian tomatoes
  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

SUMMER LASAGNA

2 tbsp. Olive oil
1 lb. Galbani Whole Milk Fresh Ricotta Cheese
2 Large egg yolks
¾ cup Galbani Grated Parmesan Cheese
1¼ cups Galbani Premio Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 Large shallot, finely chopped
1 tbsp. Dry white wine (or vermouth)
2 tbsp. Flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. Kosher salt, divided
1 box No-boil lasagna noodles
1 tbsp. Pine nuts
  Breadcrumbs
  Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  Fresh basil leaves for garnish
  Optional garnish: Zucchini flowers

METHOD

VEGETARIAN BOLOGNESE

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the grated onion, celery, carrot, zucchini, mushrooms, garlic, rosemary, and red-pepper flakes. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables release their moisture and begin to soften, about 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Season well with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  4. Drain the tomatoes, reserving the juices. Use your hands to crush the tomatoes directly into the pot. Add the reserved tomato juices and stir.

  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the sauce is thickened, about 15 minutes. Season again with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.


SUMMER LASAGNA

  1. Coat a 9"×12" baking dish with olive oil. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Combine the Ricotta, 2 egg yolks, and ½ cup of Parmesan in a bowl and mix together.

  3. To the mixture, add the shredded Mozzarella, chopped shallot, white wine (or vermouth), parsley, 1 tsp. kosher salt, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Combine thoroughly.

  4. Arrange 3 sheets of lasagna on the bottom of the baking dish. Spread one-quarter of the Ricotta mixture over them. Spoon about one-third of the vegetable Bolognese mixture on top.

  5. Repeat step 4 twice more, making sure there are no exposed noodle edges that are not covered with Ricotta.

  6. Top the last layer of lasagna noodles with the last quarter of the Ricotta.

  7. Combine the pine nuts, breadcrumbs, and remaining ¼ cup of Parmesan in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the Ricotta.

  8. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

  9. Remove the foil, raise the heat to 450°F, and bake 8 to 10 minutes more, until golden. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.

  10. Garnish with the fresh basil, cut into squares, and serve. Garnish with optional fried zucchini flowers if desired.

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