I’m in the middle of this salad love affair thing at the moment.

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I know. Odd.

But don’ freak out – I think you all know what kind of salads I like to eat. The vegetableless kind. Or the kind with the fewest vegetables possible. The kind with lots of cheese and chips and bacon and cheese. I have another one coming your way and, well… it feels like a copout but is just so darn good.

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So it makes complete sense that I want something hearty and soul warming. Right? That’s how I’m justifying it. That’s how I’m justifying that I made freaking lasagna in the SUMMER. Time consuming, cheesy comfort food that takes an hour or more. In the summer.

I’m clueless.

Also, this lasagna was a complete rip off of my white pizza dip. You know, the dip that four of us ate in one sitting? Yeah. That. I freaking love that stuff. I freaking love those flavors.

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I also made it because lasagna isn’t a frequent meal around here… whatsoever. If you’ve been reading along then you may know that italian food is my least favorite cuisine due to my lack of love for tomato sauce. And then there is this whole thing where my husband claimed that he hated ricotta cheese, blah blah blah, but over the last few years he’s accidentally eaten so much of it that the argument no longer stands.

Marriage secret: trick your spouse into eating things. 

This might be the worst time ever to share lasagna, after all so many of my Junes have been consumed with graduation parties and the standard rigatoni, lasagna and fried chicken that I am over anything even remotely close to that. BUT! It may also be the best time. It works for Sunday dinners and you can even just prep a big pan and freeze some leftovers and have a meal in a minute. Or ten.

This big dish of love is made with whole wheat lasagna noodles, my favorite roasted grape tomatoes, tons of garlic and basil and oodles of cheese. We are talking, like – tons of cheese. Tons of different cheeses. It’s a total cheese fest.

Get on board.

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White Pizza Lasagna

Yield: makes one 9x13 dish

Total Time: 1.5 hours

Ingredients:

4 pints grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

12 whole wheat lasagna noodles
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon flour
2 1/2 cups whole milk
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 ounces mascarpone cheese
4 ounces freshly grated mozzarella cheese
4 ounces freshly grated provolone cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

12 ounces freshly grated fontina cheese, separated into 4 equal portions
1/2 cup freshly chopped basil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Add tomatoes to a nonstick baking sheet and toss with salt, pepper and olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are slightly bursting - yes, they will sort of burst even though they are cut in half. Once finished, remove and set aside until ready to use. I found it was easiest to "divide" them (with a spatula) into three equal portions on the baking sheet.

While tomatoes are roasting, prepare water for the lasagna noodles and boil according to directions - only halfway since they will cook in the oven.

Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat and add butter. Whisk in flour to create a roux, cooking for 1-2 minutes until golden. Add in milk and stir constantly until slightly thickened, then reduce heat to medium-low and add mascarpone, garlic, mozzarella and provolone. Continue to stir until cheese sauce is creamy and melty. Add in oregano, thyme, salt and pepper.

To assemble lasagna, place three noodles on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Cover in roasted tomatoes, a handful of basil, a handful of fontina cheese, then a few ladles of cheese sauce. Layer three more lasagna noodles on top. Repeat this two more times, finishing with four lasagna noodles on top. Cover those with remaining fontina and any extra cheese if it looks like it needs it. Ladle any extra sauce on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until cheese on top is golden and bubbly. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving, so lasagna can kind of hold together.

[inspired by my white pizza dip]

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89 Responses to “White Pizza Lasagna.”

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    Robyn — June 10, 2013 @ 6:49 am

    Not odd at all. Looks great!

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    Julia of fight off your demons — June 10, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    This lasagna looks so good! I need to make this.

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    Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers — June 10, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    Mmmm, the hubby would loooooove this! Thanks for sharing.

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    Quinn Cooper — June 10, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    This looks super delicious.
    My husband doesn’t like tomato sauce either, so this recipe is completely up his alley. I’ll have to attempt this for him.
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

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    Amy — June 10, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    You’re killing me, here.

    Also, my boyfriend insists he doesn’t like steak. I snuck it into sandwiches, pasta bakes and burgers for two years until he finally changed his mind. Has to be done.

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    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — June 10, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    That lasagna would feed an army. I’d have leftovers for days (which I secretly love. Makes my life way easier).

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 10, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    Just gorgeous! I haven’t had a good lasagna in a long time and your white pizza lasagna sounds amazing and the pictures, oh man, I am drooling! So you can say, I love the recipe!

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    Tieghan — June 10, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    I am so on board with this! White lasagnas are my favorite. I prefer them to the ones with sauce, cause I am not really a fan of the red sauce. I am really all about the cheese and noodles! This looks a freaking amazing!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 10, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    Oh dear, YES. If this has anything to do with your white pizza dip, which is INSANE, then I am IN IN IN.

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    Molly @ Baklette — June 10, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    I would like to hop on board this cheese fest! :D

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 10, 2013 @ 7:33 am

    That is some gorgeous lasagna! I am not one to ever make it, just because, well, not a huge Italian food fan and because it makes a ton! But that can be a good thing. Your version, white with those great little grape tomatoes, mmm, totally perfect!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — June 10, 2013 @ 7:33 am

    I love a nice big salad this time of year, but pasta is always welcome at our dinner table and this… Well, this looks just incredible

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — June 10, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    One of my favorite comfort foods!!!! can’t wait to try yours

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    Amanda N — June 10, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    I made lasagna last night for dinner ….one to freeze for future and one for last night. I regretted my decision when it went into the oven and I had been working on it for 1.5 hours and I was so hot. Glad to know I’m not the only crazy one that makes lasagna in the summer :) At least yours looks more summery since its “white!”

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 10, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    Gorgeous white pizza lasagna! I’m definitely on board with this one.

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    bridget {bake at 350} — June 10, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    Looks AMAZING!!!

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    Luv What You Do — June 10, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    I don’t even like Lasagna but that looks SO good!

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    DessertForTwo — June 10, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    This looks insane! Who cares if it’s hot outside, I neeeeeed this!

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — June 10, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    So I have to say…lasagna and pizza are two of my fav comfort foods. Now combine that into one meal…pure genius! This looks amazing!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 10, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    I’m completely craving lasagna right now.

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    Ashley — June 10, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    I’m all over this. ALL of it.

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    allison — June 10, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    I’m currently making beef stew,,,in June. When you live somewhere that experiences winter for 7 months and eat a ton of warm, hearty comfort food you’d think one would be over stews until October, not so much it seems. At least it’s rainy today; totally stew weather.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 10, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    I wish I were eating this cold for breakfast right now! Am I the only one that likes cold lasagna leftovers for breakfast?! MMmmmmMMM

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — June 10, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    You can feed me lasagna anytime girl. Also, I’ve been slowly tricking my husband into liking lemons for the past 12 months (I know, how does someone not love lemon flavor?) My dream is to make him fall in love with lemon cake. It’s a tough mission, but someone’s gotta do it!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 10, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Helllooooo beautiful.

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    stacy t — June 10, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    great. that just went to my thighs.

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    Zainab| Blahnik Baker — June 10, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    I love lasagna and this looks amazing! Using mascarpone cheese will be a first for me and I can’t wait to try it.

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — June 10, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    I can wait to try this. I am not a fan of the whole slice ones but I want to try this a free form lasagne. Such fresh flavours, so much better for you guys in summer

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    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — June 10, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    I like the nice, pop of tomatoes throughout instead of tomato sauce. Different and delicious!

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    Kylie @ immaeatthat — June 10, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    I love reading all of your marriage wisdom:) I’m getting married in December and will totally be guilty of tricking my spouse into eating things. He says he doesn’t like olives…but I can’t even take that dislike seriously because olives are just so delicious!

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    Chelsea — June 10, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    I LOVED your white pizza dip & this looks amazing too!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — June 10, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    Oh wow! I was raised on store-bought (probably Costco) lasagna, and as an adult can’t remember the last time I ate it because I think I overdosed as a kid. But this is clearly NOT your average lasagna!

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    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen — June 10, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    The cheese is hands down the best part of lasagne, so I love the overdose of cheese in this!

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    joelle @ on a pink typewriter — June 10, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    Mmm, lasagna sounds reeeeal good right about now.

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    allie@sweetpotatobites — June 10, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    mmm love white sauce! will need to try this recipe out!

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    Laurie E. — June 10, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    I’ll be making this- maybe adding some really great italian sausage into it. I’m from Wisconsin- we eat meat like we drink beer. :)

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    Kelly — June 10, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    i am placing my order now…for when these babies come and making dinner is the last thing on my mind :)

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    Barb | Creative Culinary — June 10, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    My favorite lasagna is very similar except that it also includes mushrooms. I could live without red sauce in lasagna or on pizza forever; it was a revelation to eat both of those without it and love them so much!

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    Katie @ Veggie and the Beast — June 10, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    So much cheese! This is super swoon-worthy. I love tomato sauce and Italian food in general, but I prefer white lasagna vs. the red-sauce drenched variety. I love that you roasted the tomatoes a bit first too – genius!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — June 10, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Lasagna is one of my favorite foods. Enjoyed best when made by mom. At least once a month in the summer, preferably the hottest day, i absolutely must make something that requires the oven on for an ungodly amount of time. Its how I roll and my husband hates, particularly because i also refuse to turn up the A/C.

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    Kristi — June 10, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    I love white pizza, so I imagine this would be just as fabulous.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 10, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    DINNER! Well, soon it will be. Yum!

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    Cristina — June 10, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    I can totally get behind this. It looks ridiculously good. I live in Miami where seasons hardly exist anyway. My take on living seasonally is like.. don’t wear hot pink nail polish in December. That’s about it. Warm cheesy comfort food is perfect absolutely any time.

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — June 10, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    Lol my kind of salad!! I’m exactly the same, if it’s covered in cheese then I’ll eat it, but if I was given a plate of naked salad I don’t even think I know what I’d do :O This looks so great, definitely making it, could really do with something comforting as the sun is hiding again and it’s all gloomy here :((

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    Jackie — June 10, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    I know that when you’re commenting on a blog you’re supposed to leave some sort of constructive thought, but all that I can think of right now is THAT I WANT THIS LASAGNA FOR MY NEXT FIVE MEALS. Also, it’s cold(ish) and raining where I am, so this looks peeeeeeerfect. Also, ALSO you are taking advantage of fresh summer-y ingredients like tomatoes and basil! Win-win-win!

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    Larry — June 10, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    My mouth LITERALLY watered when I looked at the last pic. Right now it’s gross and overcast and slightly muggy outside… in Cali-freakin-fornia. What? I think maybe it knew that you were making lasagna.

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    Cheryl — June 10, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    Lasagna is one of my all time favorites, so good. This dish looks incredible. Bring on the garlic, basil and crazy amounts of cheese :)

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — June 10, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    It’s summer outside, but the AC makes it feel like it’s winter inside the house. Therefore, this lasagna is absolutely necessary. CAN NOT wait to make this.

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    Casey — June 10, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    Funny, I just made the white pizza dip on Friday. In between shoving my face with huge globs of dip, I told my husband that we should try to mix it with pasta!

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    Amy — June 10, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    Oh man… I thought I was the only one! I HATE tomato sauce. I get sauceless pizzas and prefer butter, alredo, or pesto sauce rather than tomato sauce on my pasta. I will have to try this, it looks delicious!

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