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Lasagna with Basil Pesto

Lasagna with Basil Pesto


For the béchamel sauce

  • Heat the milk in a pot.
  • Melt the butter in another pot.
  • Add the flour to the melted butter and sauté.
  • Add the milk in small batches while whisking continuously so that no lumps form in the mixture.
  • When all of the milk has been added, cook until the béchamel sauce thickens.
  • When ready, remove from heat and add salt, pepper and ground nutmeg.

For the basil pesto

  • Add all of the ingredients for the basil pesto, apart from the parmesan, in a blender. Puree.
  • Add the parmesan (or combination of parmesan and mizythra) at the end while still beating.
  • Try some and adjust according to taste.

For the lasagna

  • Preheat the oven to 180* C (350* F) Fan.
  • Grease a 25x35 baking pan with butter.
  • Spread 2-3 spoonfuls of béchamel sauce on the bottom of the pan, using the back side of a spoon.
  • Place a layer of lasagna sheets over it, one next to the other. Cut them if necessary, so they can fit perfectly in the baking pan.
  • Spread about ½ cup of béchamel sauce over them.
  • Spread 4 tablespoons of the basil pesto on top.
  • Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan.
  • Repeat the same process until you have added all of the ingredients. Cover the last layer of lasagna sheets with bechamel sauce, basil pesto and grated paremesan.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, until the surface is golden and the lasagna are cooked through.
  • When ready, remove from oven. Set aside for 5 minutes before cutting into pieces.
  • Sprinkle with grated parmesan and drizzle with some olive oil. Serve.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
24 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
45 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
53 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
12 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
5 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
32 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
9 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
10 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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