portobell-oh my!

remember a certain portobello lasagna i was going gaga for? well, i attempted this weekend and… oh.my.word delicious.

the portobellos filled my kitchen with the most amazing earthy aroma. add some rosemary and what i had was an absolutely to-die-for combination.

it seemed at first glance to be a bit labor intensive (it’s really not. cook the noodles. carmalize onions, cook bellos, make sauce, assemble, bake.) hubs sat at the breakfast bar and read me the directions as i chopped and sliced and assembled away, and before i knew it, voila! ’twas fini!

i hope you try this out and that it’s as rewarding for you as it was for me!

Portobello & Carmalized Onion Lasagna
what you’ll need:
3/4 pound(s) dry lasagna noodles (false! you only use 9 noodles!)
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 large spanish onion, peeled, cut in half and sliced into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 Tbsp rosemary, fresh, chopped  (i used 1/2 Tbsp of dry)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Diet Coke, or other brand  (i used Pepsi Max)
1 spray(s) cooking spray (was all out – used a fat free spray butter)
6 medium portobellos, stemmed, sliced (i used one full container of baby portobellos)
1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, stems removed, sliced (again, i used one full container)
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3 cup(s) skim milk
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese, fresh, divided

what you’ll do:
1. Place a large pot of water over high heat; bring to a boil. Add noodles; boil for 10 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking. Drain noodles and briefly rinse under cool water to prevent sticking; set aside.

2. Place a very large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and onions; cook, without stirring for 3 minutes, and then continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 7 minutes. Add rosemary and water; scrape up any food from bottom of pan using a wooden spoon. Cook until water evaporates, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add soda and cook until onions are nicely browned and soft, about 3 to 4 minutes; remove to a large bowl and set aside.

3. Coat same skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, without stirring, until they start to brown, about 2 to 3 minutes; sprinkle with salt and stir. Continue to cook mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until liquid evaporates and mushrooms are browned, about 3 to 4 minutes; add to onion bowl. (If mushrooms are too cramped in skillet, either use 2 skillets or cook them in 2 batches.)

4. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

5. To make sauce, place same skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and butter; allow butter to melt. Add flour, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until combined, about 1 minute. Add milk, a little at a time, stirring to prevent lumps; bring to a boil. Stir in garlic and cook, stirring continuously, until thick, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add nutmeg and 2 tablespoons of cheese; stir to combine and set aside.

6. To assemble lasagna, spread 1/3 cup of sauce over bottom of a 9- X 11-inch lasagna pan or baking dish. Place 3 noodles over sauce in a single layer; spread with 1/3 cup of sauce and about 1 1/2 cups of onion-mushroom mixture. Top with 1/4 cup of sauce and then 3 more noodles; spread with 1/3 cup of sauce and about 1 1/2 cups of onion-mushroom mixture. Top with 1/4 cup of sauce and then 3 more noodles; spread with 1/3 cup of sauce and about 1 1/2 cups of onion-mushroom mixture. Top with 1/4 cup of sauce and then top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of cheese.

7. Bake for 20 minutes; change oven temperature to broil. Broil until top of lasagna is crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 to15 minutes before slicing into eight pieces.

i served this slice of amazement with a simple green salad dressed lightly with olive oil.

you may remember, i was loving smittenkitchen’s recipe. however, i used a lighter one since i am currently immersed in an epic weight loss battle.

happy cooking!

post script: i’m posting this beginning-ish of the week because there will be lots ‘o leftovers to enjoy all week long.

pics: moi
recipe from here: http://www.weightwatchers.com

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5 thoughts on “portobell-oh my!

    • I also was aghast! But now I wonder: is this the secret to the carmalizing onions? I have tried so many times and fail, fail, failed.

      • i’m telling you! for the first time, i had real life, true blue super easy carmelization. i think it was fated. we nevah-no-nevah have soda in the house, but the captain is adjusting to new schedule so picked some up for the caffeine kick. try it, you never know!

  1. I love this recipe!! I can’t wait to try it out and I may add some fresh tomatoes from my garden to it to add a bit more color. I love the Funghi!!! Give it to me, whether it is a button, portobella, cremini, shitake, string, or morel – I love them all. Interested in the diet coke addition. So that is for the carmelization??

    Smooches! Keep em coming.

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