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
To make things easier:
– Pasta machine
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. Lightly coat bottom of casserole dish with pesto then add layer of pasta. Be sure to cut it to length of dish.
2. Brush top of pasta with pesto then add slices of tomato, fresh basil, proccutio, and mozzarella.
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.
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: