Main Dishes Salsas and Sauces — By Ben on 17 March 2009
Salsa Verde Lasagna

Green salsa lasagna

When I published my tomatillos post yesterday I didn’t realize St. Patrick’s Day was today. But when I saw that green was popping up everywhere I decided to join the party. Don’t you love green? Green is life, like the saying goes. Green announces the coming of spring after a long, cold winter and green is the color of some of my favorite produce (avocados, tomatillos and poblanos) so making food with that lovely color is always a lot of fun for me.

I wanted to prepare something with the beautiful tomatillos I used for my pictures yesterday and I wanted to try something different. I thought long and hard (about 5 minutes) and decided to make a salsa verde lasagna. I love regular tomato sauce lasagna, but I also love experimenting with it.

What I did for this lasagna was very similar to my pumpkin lasagna only with some changes:

For the salsa verde I used:

  • 1 lb tomatillos
  • 1 onion
  • cilantro
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 cup Guinness
  • salt, pepper and spices (you know the ones you always use to make Italian food taste better)

I didn’t put any peppers in it since I used spicy Italian sausage

The preparation was simple:

  • Roast tomatillos and blend with onion, cliantro and chicken broth.
  • In a saucepan saute garlic in olive oil and add Guinness. Bring to a boil and pour salsa verde. Season to taste and add spices.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and if the salsa is too tart for you add 1 TBSP of dark sugar.

The filling was the same than in this recipe (minus the pumpkin) and I cooked 1 green bell pepper with the Italian sausage. The result was a very unique lasagna. I love tomatillos and I love lasagna, so in my mind it was the perfect marriage. And in reality? Well, I can only say that I will be making it next time I want to impress somebody. Yup, it was a new tomato experience.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and buen provecho!

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(24) Readers Comments

  1. Ben, it looks so delicious and perfect for today!

  2. Wow you used guiness , that is really new for me.
    Lasagna looks delicious, i especially love those crunchy green asparagus in the side.

  3. The Guiness is a great twist Ben!

  4. I love lasagna! Any lasagna really but this one sounds terrific – apart from the fact that I will probably not be able to find any tomatillos anywhere in Holland..:(

  5. Love Tomatillos! I could just slurp salsa verde all up just like that. Unique recipe fit for the day!

  6. Green is a beautuful colour Ben. Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you as well:D

  7. I have never had tomatillos before and I know that I am missing out big time! The lasagna looks delicious!!!

  8. Wonderful colours and the lasagna does sound unique! Happy St Pats Day Ben!

  9. ay que rico!! lasagna nunca me ha gustado mucho pero si hecho super rico, me’ncanta!

  10. Happy St. Patrick’s Day Ben and your lasagna sound delicious with the Guiness.

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