Suitable for rock stars and 4-year old beet lovers alike. Okay, technically it was only taste tested by one rock star and one 4-year old… but Amanda F*ing Palmer and Ella F*ing Gaines are both badass, trustworthy ladies, and both heartily approved. I thought of naming this post something like “my house as a one star restaurant” or “a Rock Star is better than a Michelin” or something equally cheesy, but decided the cheese is definitely best left on the plate.
Roasted Beet & Fennel Lasagna with Cashew-Chard Pesto
4 large or 6 small beets
2 small fennel bulbs
1 + cup cashews
4 garlic cloves
1 bunch swiss chard
1-2 cups fresh spinach
Olive oil, sea salt, pepper
6 oz goat cheese
8 oz mozzarella
Peel beets, slice ¼ – ½” thick, coat with olive oil and salt on a sheet pan. Roast beets at 350 for about 20 minutes, flipping once.
Slice fennel ½” thick to yield about 2 cups. Lightly coat with olive oil and salt and roast on separate sheet pan 15 minutes or until soft, flipping occasionally.
Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles (GF Tinkyada pasta works fine).
Toast cashews, then transfer to a food processor with 4 garlic cloves, pulse until finely chopped. Add swiss chard and spinach, pulse until finely processed. Add olive oil until pesto looks fairly moist. Add 6 oz goat cheese. Salt and pepper to taste.
Shred 8 oz mozzarella.
Coat lasagna pan with a little olive oil
Beets and Fennel
Pesto (it’s thick, just drop teaspoons of pesto on beets)
Mozzarella and black pepper
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and beginning to brown around edges.