• Burrata lasagna (comfort food for sure)

    Photo: Randy Graham, Valley Vegetarian

    What is Burrata? Burrata is a semisoft white Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream.  The outer shell is solid mozzarella, while the inside contains both mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual texture. It is to die for.

    What is lasagna? I say it is the ultimate one-pot meal. In its most basic form, lasagna is a layered dish of long, wide noodles with blankets of sauce, cheese, and other tasty ingredients in between. When you use Burrata cheese in lasagna, the end result is amazing.

    This is a make-ahead recipe, if you want, for two hungry adults. Make it the night before you need it, cover and put in the refer until ready to bake the next day.

    3 tablespoons unsalted butter (divided)
    2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
    ¾ pounds Chanterelle mushrooms (chopped)
    ¾ pounds Cremini mushrooms (chopped)
    Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
    1 large shallot (chopped fine)
    ⅓ cup dry white wine
    1 cup ricotta cheese
    ¼ cup heavy cream
    12 lasagna noodles (cooked according to pkg directions)
    2  4-ounce rounds Burrata cheese (torn into large pieces)
    6 teaspoons Parmesan cheese (grated fine)
    5 teaspoons fresh marjoram leaves

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

    Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add Chanterelle mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and starting to crisp — about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

    Do the same with the Cremini mushrooms, 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil. Mix in first batch of mushrooms and add shallot, wine and remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushroom mixture is considerably reduced — about 5 minutes. Return mushroom mixture to bowl and set aside.

    Combine ricotta and cream in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.


    There will be 6 layers of noodles. To begin, spread a thin layer of ricotta mixture in a small baking dish (I use a large bread loaf pan) and top with 2 noodles side by side. Spread 1/5th of the ricotta mixture over noodles, layer with 1/5th of the mushrooms, then a few pieces of Burrata. Top evenly with 1 teaspoon Parmesan and 1 teaspoon marjoram leaves. Repeat layering process (starting with noodles and ending with marjoram) 4 more times.  Dust the top with the last of the Parmesan and a bit of fresh ground pepper.

    Cover with foil and bake until warmed through — about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until golden brown — about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for at 5 minutes before serving.

    Serve with a fresh garden salad and vinaigrette dressing.

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