Cashew Pesto Lasagna

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep
30 mins
Cook
40 mins

This is a completely different variation from the traditional Lasagna that most of us make. It will make a nice change from your regular recipe and should be added to everyone's cookbooks who likes Italian food. For those who think that you can't make a good pesto without pine nuts...I found out that cashews are marvelous instead.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Place the first five ingredients (using only 1/2 of the cashews) into a food processer and pulse or use a hand blender until you have a moist paste
  2. Add the cottage cheese and the eggs to the pesto sauce and blend again until just blended together but tiny chunks of cashews are still visible
  3. Do not overmix
  4. Set aside
  5. Saute the mushrooms and onions with the butter and the salt and pepper until the most of the butter is absorbed
  6. Add the cooked chicken to the mushrooms and onions and the other half of the chopped cashews
  7. Mix well
  8. Set aside
  9. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan
  10. Pour 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the pan
  11. Lay 3 cooked lasagna noodles side by side on top of the sauce
  12. Pour a line of the pesto/cottage cheese/egg mixture along the middle of each noodle putting about 1/6 of the mixture on top of each one
  13. Mix the 1 1/2 cup of morzerella and the 1 1/2 cup of Monterey Jack cheese together and put 1/2 of the mixed cheeses over the pesto/cottage cheese/egg layer
  14. Sprinkle half of the mushroom/onion/chicken/cashew mixture over the previous layer
  15. Pour 1 cup of spaghetti sauce over the mushroom/onion/chicken/cashew layer
  16. Make another layer of ingredients following instructions from # 7 to # 11, ending with the spaghetti sauce
  17. Sprinkle the 1/8th cup of morzerella cheese over the top
  18. Bake 350 degrees farenheit for about 40 minutes
  19. It should be only slightly brown on top
  20. Let casserole sit for 10 minutes before serving for the dish to hold together better
  21. Cut between noodles and then horizontally to make 12 servings
  22. Serve with Salad and Garlic Bread