White Sauce Pesto Lasagna

Easy steps how to make the perfect white Pesto béchamel sauce for White Sauce Pesto Lasagna! Delicious dish made with chicken sausage and whole wheat pasta!

Friends, this delicious Pesto White Sauce Lasagna is amazing, but a little warning—it is a bit more involved and takes time to make.

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White Sauce Pesto Lasagna

Well, this amazing lasagna is not for the faint of heart.

Please take the time, slow down, and make this recipe!

I call this recipe a “dreamy” lasagna recipe. You might even say that it’s “cozy.”

Abby made it for us over Mother’s Day weekend and let’s just say, none of us were disappointed.

We devoured very bite.

Serve with a green salad and hot crunchy bread.

Ingredients you will need

To make the Pesto béchamel sauce: Fresh basil leaves, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, pepper (we love white pepper), butter, flour, milk and spices.

Make the sauce creamy and cheesy with parmesan and white sharp cheddar cheese!

For the sausauge and veggies mixture: Chicken sausage, mozzarella cheese, asparagus, green beans, shallot, celery, carro, oil and salt.

Use a good quality of pasta. We love Dellalo whole wheat lasagna sheets (no boil). And then parsley for garnish!

I think about whether we’re making a meal for our family, or hosting a weeknight gathering, that whatever we make, it’s good enough.

An aspect of “good enough” is sharing ourselves, food and our tables, investing in one another, and just loving people!

Love is too great a gift not to share, friends.

Easy recipe to make ahead

Make this recipe a day in advance and refrigerate (just make sure to add about 15 minutes of extra baking time).

It’s also DELISH as leftovers!

Who will you invite over soon for lasagna?

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5 from 3 votes

Pesto White Sauce Lasagna

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lasagna, white sauce

Ingredients

Pesto béchamel sauce

  • 2 cups (packefresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil plus 2 Tbsp
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 small garlic cloves halved OR 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 c parmesan cheese plus 1/2 cup to top
  • 1 cup Sharp white cheddar cheese shredded

Chicken Sausage and Veggies

  • 1 lb mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 12 oz asparagus cut into thirds
  • 2 cups green beans cut into thirds
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • 1 cup minced carrot
  • 1 cup minced celery
  • 1.5 lb Italian chicken sausage removed from casing
  • Olive oil for sautéing
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 9 oz pack of Dellalo whole wheat lasagna sheets no boil
  • Parsley to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • On medium heat, toast pine nuts and garlic in a small skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When nuts and garlic are lightly golden and softened, set aside.
  • In a large sauce pan on medium heat, melt butter and whisk in flour until smooth. Reduce heat to low, and whisk for 1-2 minutes as sauce thickens. Next, whisk in milk 1/2 cup at a time, and bring heat to medium high. When the sauce begins to boil, add in nutmeg, cinnamon, salt to taste, pepper, 1 cup of parmesan and 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese and reduce heat to low.
  • In a blender, add toasted pine nuts, garlic, basil, and béchamel. Blend until smooth and thick, then set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup of olive oil on medium high heat. Add shallots, carrots, and celery. Reduce heat to medium and cook until soft, for 7 minutes. Next, add in green beans and asparagus. Cook on medium heat until veggies are soft, but still crunchy, for 8 minutes. Remove from skillet and put into separate bowl—set aside.
  • Using the same skillet, add in your sausage and 4 tablespoons of oregano. Cook until browned, on medium-high heat. When meat is cooked through, add veggies back in and bring heat to medium-high, and add 1/4 cup of white wine—scraping the bottom of the skillet to remove the brown bits (make sure to use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula). Squeeze 1/4 a lemon and continue mixing, until most of the moisture has evaporated. Set aside.
  • In a 9X13 baking dish, lightly grease the sides, then pour a small amount of béchamel on the bottom, and top with about 1/2 cup of sausage mixture. Layer on pasta sheets—about 4-5 sheets--then begin to layer the béchamel (make sure to reserve 2/3-1 cup for the top!), chicken and vegetables, mozzarella, and pasta sheets in even proportions, until all ingredients are used up. End the lasagna with a layer of pasta and the remaining sauce. Top with remaining parmesan cheese
  • Cover with foil and bake for 27 minutes. Remove foil and cook for additional 20-30 minutes, or until top has browned. (I prefer mine to be a little golden and crunchy on the edges, but to each their own.)
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving—don’t forget the fresh parsley!

Notes

Notes: this recipe can be made a day in advance and refrigerate (just make sure to add about 15 minutes of extra baking time).

3 comments on “White Sauce Pesto Lasagna”

  1. This was so good! My whole family loved it! The pesto bechamel was so rich and flavorful. It came together easily! 

  2. This recipe turned out fantastic. Delicious!! Thanks for sharing it

  3. This looks very good. I will make it and probably freeze half and hope that turns out well. I have been making a similar pesto béchamel sauce and freezing it with a little olive oil on top to help prevent darkening. It’s a great sauce to pull from the freezer, warm gently and serve with pasta. That part of the recipe is identical. And I say why limit cooking/entertaining to one style….be flexible and do both. If you make this again and/or freeze it please share that with us.
    Thanks.

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