Hmmm. Am I going too far here?
Some of you disowned me when I put sprouts in a quesadilla. But I mean, this is just lasagna. So it’s basically veggie lasagna. Wait. Did you hear that? VEGGIE LASAGNA. Here!
I don’t even know me anymore.
The Brussels sprouts… ugh. I just cannot stop. I am in love. It hits me every autumn but it’s never been like this. It reminds me of when I finally decided that I liked kale and that relationship is still going strong. So I’m hopeful.
Maybe I’m also reaching. How many of you can I really convince here? Brussels in your lasagna? Are we making this a thing?
Oh but we are.
So I didn’t care for lasagna when I was a kid because of… tomato sauce. Yeah I know. But I just wasn’t a big lasagna person. My dad pretty much refuses to consume anything casserole-like or a bunch of ingredients thrown together in a dish so my mom never made it. When I got married, Eddie had no interest in lasagna because he “hates” ricotta cheese. Spoiler alert: he’s now eaten it about 50 times in the last five years because I’m the ultimate trickster.
It wasn’t until I made this butternut sweet potato lasagna a few years ago that I was hit with the lasagna bug. Then back in October I had Heidi’s version which I have made twice since because I just can’t quit it.
Brussels just happened to be the next logical step.
Anyhoo… this lasagna is also full of garlicky mushrooms, lots of cheese and whole wheat no-boil lasagna sheets. These sheets are the same ones I’ve used in my other lasagna recipes and are by far my favorite. So freaking simple!
This is also what happens when you’re a food blogger and run out of dishes. I’m pretty sure these little plates aren’t even real dishes. Totally meant to be decorative. Not any more, says I. I walked in my into living room, grabbed them off the table, washed them and threw this lasagna on top.
I even ate it right off of those plates too.
So much class. So much.
Yield: makes one 9x13 dish
Total Time: 1 hour
1 package no-boil whole wheat lasagna sheets
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound brussels sprouts, stems removed and sliced
1 shallot, diced
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
12 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
12 ounces shitake mushrooms, stems removed
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 3/4 cups milk (2% or whole will work best)
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
8 ounces provolone cheese, freshly grated
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated pecorino romano cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the brussels, shallots and 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper, stirring to coat. Cook until the sprouts soften and become bright in color, stirring occasionally, for about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and cook for another minute. Remove the sprouts from the skillet and set them aside in a bowl.
Using the same skillet, add the remaining olive oil. Add the mushrooms and garlic, stirring well to coat. Cook until the mushrooms are soft and juicy, stirring occasionally, about 6 to 8 minutes. Turn off the heat and add 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
In a saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Once it's sizzling, whisk in the flour to create a roux. Cook the roux for 2 or 3 minutes, until it becomes golden and fragrant. Whisking with one hand, slowly stream in the milk, stirring constantly as the mixture comes together. Cook the milk, stirring constantly, until it starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Season the mixture with the remaining salt, pepper and nutmeg.
To assemble the lasagna, add about 1/4 cup of the sauce to the bottom of the 9x13 dish. Add a layer or lasagna sheets, then top with 1/3 of the brussels and 1/3 of the mushrooms. Sprinkle on 1/3 cup of cheese and using your fingers, sprinkle on 1/4 cup of the ricotta. Drizzle 1/3 of the sauce on top. Repeat that layer two more times. Finish off the lasagna will any of the remaining cheese, the pecorino and the remaining sauce, evenly drizzled on top.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbly. Let sit for about 20 minutes before slicing. I like to serve this as a side dish or as a main meal with a large salad.
The cheese makes up for everything though.