The New Comfort Food

Creamy Potato Lasagna - Comfort food without the guilt.Traditional lasagna calls for pasta, tomato sauce, meat, and ricotta cheese … and is pretty high in fat. But this lasagna is anything but traditional.

And that’s one of the great things about lasagna…it’s a dish that’s quite amiable toward change. Its flexibility is the reason we see probably hundreds of variations of this traditional Italian dish.

Creamy Potato Lasagna
 
The new comfort food!
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Ingredients
  • 4 - 5 cups peeled and diced potatoes
  • 2 3/4 cups water – divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups very hot water
  • 9 uncooked Tinkyada lasagna noodles (Using other types of noodles might work with this recipe, but I don't know since I haven't tried it.)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil – divided
  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 12 ounces silken tofu
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder or granulated onion
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder

    GARNISH
  • paprika
  • parsley
Instructions
  1. Place diced potatoes, 1 cup of water, and 3/4 teaspoon salt into a medium-large pan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook at a low boil until potatoes are very tender.
  2. Meanwhile, place very hot water and uncooked pasta in a large, flat dish to soften noodles. Set aside.
  3. Sauté onion in 2 tablespoons of oil in a small pan over medium heat until onions begin to turn translucent.
  4. Place cashews and remaining 1 1/2 cups water in blender and blend until mixture is very smooth with no grit. Add tofu, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and seasonings and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour one cup of blender mixture into the bottom of an oiled 9” x 13” baking dish.
  6. When potatoes are tender, remove from heat, and add 2/3 cup of blender mixture. (Do not drain potatoes.) Mash potatoes with a potato masher or an electric mixer. Add a small amount of water if necessary to achieve a very soft mash potato consistency.
  7. Stir approximately 1/4 cup of sautéed onion into mashed potatoes. Stir remaining onions into remaining sauce in blender. (Do not blend).
  8. Place 3 drained lasagna noodles into baking dish over the sauce. Spread half of potato mixture evenly over noodles. Place 3 more noodles over potatoes and then spread remaining mashed potatoes over noodles. Place remaining 3 noodles over potatoes. Pour blender mixture over noodles taking care to cover noodles completely.
  9. Cover and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.

    Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.
Notes
Soaking the pasta in water and covering the dish tightly before putting it in the oven are both essential steps for the noodles to be properly cooked.

I've been doing a little experimenting with this dish, thanks to some suggestions that Cynthia left in the comments section. We love it! (I made the adjustments in the recipe as of 11-19-08.) Hope you like it too!

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8 Responses to “The New Comfort Food”

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  1. celeste says:

    Hey, I love your photos….they are really nice…

  2. Jennifer White says:

    Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the photos; most of them are done by my son, Josh.

  3. Debbie Ann says:

    This recipe looks & sounds so good. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

  4. Jennifer White says:

    Hi Debbie Ann,
    You are very welcome. I hope you and your family like it.:)
    We really do. When I made it again today, both Josh and Sarah said to me, “You really should make this more often.”
    Thanks for your comment.

  5. Cynthia says:

    Hi Jennifer…I LOVE this recipe, although I add a little more potato & nutritional yeast & I use cashews & macadamia nuts to make it a little cheezier. My family loves this dish so much! Thanks!!! Cynthia!

  6. Jennifer White says:

    Hi Cynthia!!
    Good to hear from you! How’s the weather in Arizona? It’s coooollldd here this morning.

    I’m glad you and your family like this dish. We do too. Thanks so much for the “tweaking” ideas. I will definitely try that next time I make it.

    Take care,
    Jennifer

  7. ~yolanda says:

    Wow this looks great. I’ll have to try this one.

  8. Jennifer White says:

    Hi Yolanda! Hope you like it. I made a few adjustments to the recipe based on Cynthia’s suggestions and we think its scrumptious!
    btw, the last post on your blog made me laugh!
    Happy day!
    Jennifer

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