greek lasagna

Most Friday nites we eat dinner with our neighbor. A few weeks ago I had the idea to make a Greek lasagna, and I picked up things from the store that I thought would go well together. I'm not a big meat eater (but I love lamb) so I knew I wanted to incorporate a few vegetables along with the lamb. I came home, threw it together, and when it was time to eat I told my family and dinner guest, in advance, that I was sorry if it wasn't any good. We ended up eating the entire lasagna, between 4 people.

This whole recipe was something that happened out of sheer luck. Everything works so well together. The wine, the red bell pepper, the cinnamon and nutmeg. Everything is just so perfect. I've made it once more, since then, for my fiance's family and everyone loved it. His Grandmother even told me that she never has seconds, while she was eating her second portion. :] My point is, it's delicious. Surprisingly delicious. If you're a vegetarian, try it without the lamb, and just mix the cinnamon & nutmeg into the sauce.


ingredients:
1 small zucchini, sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 shallot, minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lb ground lamb
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup red wine
1 box lasagna pasta
1/2 jar light alfredo sauce
3 tbsp basil pesto
1/3 cup crumbled feta
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella, plus a handful more for the top

directions:
Start by slicing and chopping everything. I slice my zucchini and bell pepper on a mandolin, because they need to be sliced thin. Set aside.


In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat, then add the garlic and shallot. Cook for a few minutes, until the shallot is softened. Add the ground lamb, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg & wine. Turn the meat to medium high and simmer until the lamb is done and the wine has been cooked off. Drain the fat and set aside.


Mix the feta, mozzarella, pesto & the alfredo in a bowl and set aside. 


Boil the lasagna noodles for 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain. 


Preheat oven to 350ºF.


In the bottom of a baking dish, spread around a couple of spoonfuls of the cheese/alfredo mixture. 


Place the first layer of lasagna noodles down, and then spread another spoonful of sauce on top of the noodles. Layer half of the bell pepper, tomatoes, zucchini & lamb, then place another layer of noodles and spread some more sauce on top of the them. Repeat with the other half of the vegetables and lamb, and top with another layer of noodles. Spoon the rest of the sauce on the top of the noodles, and sprinkle with a handful of mozzarella. 


Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes or until the cheese on top is browned. 

23 comments:

  1. Ohh, I'm going to have to try this. The last veggie lasagna I made with white sauce had NO flavor. : ( I was so bummed. But that looks amazing!

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  2. Holy YUM. This looks and sounds so so so super delish. I love ANYTHING Greek.

    Your photographs are lovely.

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  3. The lasagna looks so delicious, can't wait to try it <3
    http://cupcakesandtreacle.blogspot.com/

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  4. i can't visit here when i've had cereal for dinner :(

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  5. omg omg omg will you PLEAZE come over to my place and make dinner? i'm looking at a two-day-old rotisserie chicken carcass and some old bean sprouts in my frige.

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  6. i never think to eat lamb, but maybe we should try this! looks yum!

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  7. Yum, that looks so good! I've never had much Greek food, so it'd be fun to try it!

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  8. This looks so delicious! I'd love to try and thank you for sharing :) Your Portrait Giveaway

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  9. this is something i know i'd like but has too much stuff to buy for it

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  10. Thanks, you guys!

    Heather - that's blasphemy! I only think to eat lamb. haha. It's just so expensive.

    Mat - it really is a lot of ingredients, which is usually not my cooking style. It's also not a cheap meal to make.. but its one of those things I would make on a lazy Sunday or for guests.

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  11. I am going to try this out. :-) And EXCELLENT pictures.

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  12. Srsly Hollie! I can't seem stop by here without getting an acute hunger problem ;)

    Hugs and a happy new week to you!
    Signe

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  13. omg this looks AMAZING!!!!!! hi hollie...this is your newest follower here...also a hollie :)

    small world!

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  14. That looks totally incredible. I made a mexican lasagna last night and it was super good. Will have to try this out.

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  15. omg! i ve spent more than an hour going through your cook blog and its amazing!!! I love all the photos you take, its so pro!!
    thanks for sharing!

    if you like we can follow each other on bloglovin :)
    let me know!
    STYLE DECORUM

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  16. This looks so delicious! The colors are beautiful...

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  17. Oh by the way...it looks like you spelled the word "Pill" on your chopping board. hehe.

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  18. lovelovelove these photos. and being in rome has put lasagna at the forefront of my brain. YUM.

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  19. I. die. That looks soooooo tasty!! YUM!

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