Perfecto Pesto Prosciutto Lasagna

Perfecto Pesto Prosciutto Lasagna 15

Although I had some amazing pasta dishes in Italy, this recipes origins is a little closer to home – would you believe Montana?  I first had this amazingly fresh and surprisingly easy to make dish at a small 50’s diner by day/fancy restaurant by night in the sleepy boarder town of Eureka, Montana. It was a random find but a happy one as this Pesto Prosciutto Lasagna is now a favorite of mine and is in regular dinner rotation.

Give this twist on a classic a try next time you are looking for a pasta fix.


 

Before you Start:

Prep time: 80 min
Cook time: 20 min
Serves: 8-10

To make things easier:

– Pasta machine

Ingredients:

Pasta

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3 eggs
Coarse salt to taste

Lasagna2-3 medium tomatoes
Fresh basil
1 cup pesto sauce
12 slices of prosciutto
3-4 balls of fresh buffalo mozzarella

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Directions:

Pasta:

1.Working on a clean and dry surface form a well in the center of the flour and then crack the eggs in the middle. Add a pinch of salt then using your fingers (or fork) carefully add small amounts of flour to the eggs. Continue adding in small amounts until eggs and flour are fully incorporated.

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2. Lightly flour work top and knead dough until smooth and no longer sticky.  Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rest for 45-60 minutes.

3. Flatten dough with rolling pin then cut into ~3 inch strips using a knife or pizza cutter.

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4. Lightly dust strip with flour then pass through pasta machine 3-4 times to thin it out. Hang pasta then repeat process with next strip.

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5. Working in small batches cook pasta in lightly salted water for ~90 seconds. Transfer cooked pasta to strainer and rinse with cold water. Lay pasta out on dish towels to dry while repeating process.

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Lasagna:

1. Lightly coat bottom of casserole dish with pesto then add layer of pasta. Be sure to cut it to length of dish.

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2. Brush top of pasta with pesto then add slices of tomato, fresh basil, proccutio, and mozzarella.

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3. Repeat previous step for each layer until you reach the top of the casserole dish. Top with pesto, cheese, and basil.

4. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Finish with broil to brown cheese on top.

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 5. Enjoy your Perfecto Pesto Prosciutto Lasagna!

Note: Not the most photogenic dish although I believe Martha Stewart would enjoy as per her Instagram shots!

It does however look pretty good when viewed all together:

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