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Melt in your mouth Lasagna

go-ahead-its-gluten-freeHere it is-the gluten free, dairy free, soy free lasagna recipe I’ve been dying to try. I wasn’t just pleasantly surprised, I was shocked, at how good this lasagna turned out. ¬†I think it even gave the lasagna at True Food restaurant a run for its money ūüôā ¬†If you would like to make this dish vegan and egg free, just leave out the sausage and use an egg replacer. ¬†This is definitely one of the best dishes I’ve ever made.

1  1/4 cups whole coconut milk, stirred well before pouring to prevent separation

2  14 oz. cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained on a paper towel

1 tsp sea salt, divided: 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp

1 small clove garlic or 1/4 tsp garlic powder and 3 cloves garlic, minced

2 large eggs

1 tsp xanthan gum

1 Tbsp Italian flat leaf parsley, minced

11 brown rice lasagna noodles (Tinkyada brand worked well)

1  1/2 lb uncooked sweet Italian chicken sausage

2 Tbsp grapeseed oil

3  15 oz. cans tomato sauce

1  6 oz. can tomato paste

1/3 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped

Into a blender or food processor, pour the milk and 1/2 of garbanzo beans.  Blend or process until beans are roughly ground.  Add the remaining beans and blend again until creamy.  Scrape sides of blender as needed.  Add 1/2 tsp of salt, small garlic clove or garlic powder, eggs, and xanthan gum.  Blend for 20 seconds.  Stir in parsley and set aside.

Use a wide pan (12″ wide is best) to par-cook the lasagna noodles. ¬†Fill half full with water, bring water to a boil, and cook 1/2 the noodles at a time. ¬†Boil noodles gently only 6-7 minutes, or they will tear and be hard to work with. ¬†Drain and place noodles on wax paper to dry.

Meanwhile, pour the oil into a 6 qt. pot.  Squeeze the sausage meat from casings into the pot and cook on medium-high, stirring to crumble meat and cook it evenly.  Continue stirring and cooking until the meat is done.  Drain excess liquid.  Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, 3 cloves minced garlic, and remaining 1/2 tsp salt.  Cover and simmer 15 minutes.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. ¬†Into a 9×13 baking dish, spoon a small amount of sauce without sausage meat, just enough to cover the bottom. ¬†Lay 3 lasagna noodles in the pan and “patch” in the area needing noodles by cutting sections from extra noodles to fill in. ¬†Spoon 1/3 of garbanzo mixture over the noodles. ¬†Ladle 1/3 of the sauce with sausage over that. ¬†Repeat these steps 2 more times, beginning with noodles and ending with the sauce. ¬†Bake in oven uncovered 40-45 minutes. ¬†Remove from oven and allow to set 15 minutes before serving. ¬†Enjoy!

Serves 8

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February 20, 2013 Posted by | Food, Health | , , , | Leave a comment