Mushroom Lasagna with White Sauce

I’ve waited months, all in the name of snapping a semi-decent photo, to share this delectable lasagna recipe with you. The delay has seriously benefited my family since we’ve enjoyed this at least three or four times and absolutely sighed and moaned over it’s deliciousness each time.

I tried it out on Christmas Eve, when we do our usual lasagna-inspired meal (I served it with my favorite Classic Italian Lasagna) and it is the perfect way to compliment a traditional, rich red-sauce lasagna. However, since then, I’ve made it twice or so just on it’s own and served it with breadsticks, green salad and a steamed veggie and it has made for a perfect family dinner.

Now, here’s the deal, friends, if you don’t like mushrooms, this probably isn’t the lasagna for you. It’s chock full of the tender little beauties and packed with delicious mushroom flavor. So in the name of helping me avoid 3 1/2 minutes of screaming in my pillow, please refrain from asking if there is something you could sub for the mushrooms. I’d recommend just going with a different lasagna: like this veggie one or why not a Mexican version?

But if you do like mushrooms and you do crave a deliciously tender lasagna noodle infused with a creamy, garlic white sauce and a smattering of Parmesan cheese, then do yourself a favor and make this. You’ll love it.

General Life Update: Not that you care, but I thought I’d check in on a personal level (since I am still reaping the benefits of the prescheduled blog posts I prepared before Miss C’s arrival) to let you know we are still loving and snuggling on our baby girl. Her four brothers have surprised me with their patience – and for the record, I never knew their little voices could reach such a high pitch when talking to their baby sister. Apparently, the higher the voice goes when speaking baby talk, the more devoted a brother you are. Bring on the ibuprofen. Camryn is as cute as ever and is even surprising us by sleeping about a 5 hour stretch at night (do I hear a Hallelujah from the heavens??) which leaves me wondering why on earth I am still so terribly tired. She wowed us by modeling her first-ever church dress earlier this week. Her excitement is palpable (not!) and her faux-hawk just keeps getting higher and higher. Thank you for your continued patience as I very slowly get back into the swing of blogging and replying to comments and emails. Love to all of your guts!

What To ServeRoasted Asparagus
Divine Breadsticks
Spinach Salad with Sweet-Spicy Nuts, Apples, Feta & Bacon or Strawberry Spinach Salad

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Mushroom Lasagna with White Sauce

Yield: Serves 6

Mushroom Lasagna with White Sauce

Note: If you don't care to use no-boil noodles or don't have them on hand, substitute regular lasagna noodles, boiling and draining them prior to assembling the lasagna.

Ingredients

  • 12 no-boil lasagna noodles (I prefer the Barilla brand)
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons or 1 1/2 sticks) butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 pounds cremini or baby bella mushrooms (or a combination of both)
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. For the white sauce, bring the milk and garlic to a simmer in a medium saucepan, or heat it in your microwave in a glass liquid measure, and set it aside. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons or 1 stick) butter. Add the flour and cook for one minute over low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon. Pour in the hot milk, a little at a time at first and whisking until combined. Once you’ve added half of it, you can add the second half all at once, along with 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt, the pepper, and nutmeg. Cook the white sauce over medium-low heat, stirring or whisking frequently, anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes, or until thick. Set aside.
  3. To prepare the mushrooms, slice the mushrooms 1/4-inch thick, trimming stems if desired (I left them on). In a large 12-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the mushrooms with a couple pinches of salt and cook for about 5 minutes, until they are tender and release some of their juices. Stir occasionally to make sure they cook evenly.
  4. To assemble the lasagna, lightly coat with cooking spray the bottom and sides of a 9X13-inch baking dish. Spread 1/4 cup or so of the white sauce in the bottom of the dish. Arrange a layer of noodles on top (I used 3 no-boil noodles for each layer without overlapping them - just laying them next to each other), then more sauce (about 1/4 of what remains), 1/3 of the mushrooms and 1/3 or so cup of the grated cheese. Repeat two more times then top with a final layer of noodles, your remaining sauce and last 1/4 cup of cheese.
  5. Bake the lasagna for 45 minutes, or until top is browned and the sauce is bubbly. Remove from oven and let sit, lightly covered for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  6. Make Ahead Instructions: Follow the recipe directions, letting the white sauce and mushrooms cool to room temperature (stirring the white sauce occasionally so it doesn't form a skin on top while cooling) before assembling. Cover the prepared lasagna with a layer of plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 12 hours before baking. Bake according to the recipe, adding 5-10 minutes if needed since it was chilled in the refrigerator.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/mushroom-lasagna-with-white-sauce/

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Smitten Kitchen, originally from Ina Garten

74 Responses to Mushroom Lasagna with White Sauce {and a Brief Personal Update}

  1. Kim in MD says:

    YUM! I have made Ina’s lasagna, and I agree that it is absolutely delicious!

    Camryn just gets more adorable every day, Mel! I love her bright little church dress, and her little orange knitted booties are precious! Thanks for sharing her photos with us! :-)

  2. Amber says:

    Oh, of course we care how you’re doing!! That baby is an absolute angel, and I agree that brothers have a tender spot for baby sisters, it’s sooo much fun to see, isn’t it? Oh, and the lasagna looks good too, but that baby is perfection! Congratulations again!

  3. Oh, Mel! She’s beautiful! Just beautiful! xo

  4. Leigh Anne says:

    What a delicious recipe! I LOVE mushrooms….the rest of my fam, not so much, so I will have to eat the whole thing myself! Which, I’m not opposed to…haha!
    Thanks for the update & pics! She is just adorable! I just wanna squeeze her through the screen w/ those cute cheeks & fuzzy hair. So happy for you & your family :)

  5. Geneil says:

    OK. I’m one who doesn’t like mushrooms… but Camryn is adorable. She rocked that dress!

  6. Martha says:

    Thanks for the peek of Camryn, she is just beautiful and so stylish!

  7. Alyssa B says:

    I hate mushrooms, but came over for the update anyway. She’s adorable. Love the dress.

  8. I loooove mushrooms! So this is just for me!

  9. Jane says:

    We totally care! And what a beautiful little girl!

  10. Anne says:

    The baby gets more beautiful every day. You are truly an inspiration- I don’t know where you find the time in the day to accomplish all you do. I have just two children and I’m exhausted by 7:30 every night. I have been following your blog for about 6 months now, and have a stack of bookmarked recpies to try. Wednesday night we made the sweet and sour chicken- it was fabulous. Absolutely can not wait to make this mushroom lasagna- I have a feeling even my two boys will enjoy this. I may even work up the courage to try a yeast bread in the near future!!

  11. glad to hear your new family is doing well :)

  12. Melinda says:

    I’m with Alyssa B.–hating on mushrooms but loving on family updates. Adorable pics of your new little one. Love the church dress! And those sweet big brothers. Bless their hearts! Speaking of blessed, that’s all of us who have kiddos. Truly a gift from God. :)

  13. Lisa says:

    Thank you Mel! For the record, I LOVE getting an update on your kiddos and how you are coping. You are truly an inspiration for all mothers – young & old. I appreciate all you do for us and pray for a smooth transition through this first year of crazy sleep schedules. I’d wish you many more blessings, but you’ve got all you need right there in front of you. Take time for yourself and don’t worry about us. We have a catalog of recipes to keep us entertained!

  14. Kara says:

    Totally got a laugh out of the “high pitched voice” thing. My boys did the very same thing when we brought Rachel home. :)
    She is an absolute doll and I love her in that fun colorful dress. Such a cutie!

  15. Michaela says:

    thank you for sharing! I DO care! and pictures of cute babies never hurt, right?

  16. @crushgear says:

    So happy to hear that you’re doing well. And, I LOVE mushrooms! :)

  17. Sarah Jane says:

    Thanks for the update! Cutest baby ever, so stylish, and I loved the part about the brother’s high voices. I can just picture it perfectly in my head. Take care!

  18. That rainbow dress looks so cute on your absolutely adorable daughter!
    The mushroom lasagna is a must-try, especially since you made it so many times!

  19. Melanie Miller says:

    Yes, I do care! Thanks for the update and picture. Miss C is precious! I wanted to kiss those lovely cheeks! Nothing in the world like baby skin. Enjoy your family!

  20. Laura D says:

    She is HEAVENLY!! I love baby faux-hawks…and her darling cheeks. The lasagna looks yummy, too.

  21. Kelley Fletcher Flores says:

    Always love to see pictures of beautiful babies!!!
    Congratulations and Blessings to you and all your boys!

  22. Gina says:

    I LOVE mushrooms, unfortunately no one else does so I will have to wait to make this when I have a dinner party :( I’ve made Ina’s mushroom lasagna years ago and it was delicious! I cant wait to try your recipe!

    Glad you guys are doing good! Miss C is so adorable! I love her knitted booties, super cute!

  23. Rachel R says:

    I LOVE mushrooms:) and my whole family does too!!! We will be making this as soon as we can move out of this dang house.

    Your baby is precious!!!

  24. Tami says:

    She is definitely the best thing you’ve ever cooked. I cannot get over the hair.

  25. Sue W. says:

    Thank you for all the recipes. I now check your site while I make out my grocery list for the week. Can’t wait to try the mushroom lasagna, I never really cared for veg. lasagna, but this sounds wonderful. Do you think mozz or provolone cheese would work in it?

  26. Ashli says:

    So cute!! And I thought my boys were the only ones who made their voices go super-sonic when talking to the baby! Too funny!

  27. Sheila says:

    I will have to make a smaller version of this and a red, classic version for the fam. You never disappoint!!!
    I am the mom to 4 boys and one girl (but she was already 8 when I came into her life). You just keep on prescheduling the blog posts and snuggling her while somehow managing to play with and feed the rest of the family.
    Incredible. Thanks.

  28. g says:

    What a cute baby. Love her dress!!!

  29. Valerie says:

    Oh Mel – of course we care how you and your family are doing. The baby is so cute – how could her brothers not love her and be patient. I worry for the boys when she starts to date!! Can’t wait to make this recipe – maybe this weekend. We love your guts too!

  30. DEE says:

    Oh my…..how can you stand such cuteness!!! Camryn is ADORABLE (faux-hawk and all!!) And what a perfect 1st Sunday dress. Bright and sunny like she makes people who see her feel! I had to laugh reading about her brothers and their high pitch talking! :)

    Mushroom Lasagna….that is blissful…I’m going to put this on my menu soon! Thanks for doing this in spite of your exhaustion. No wonder you are tired! ;)

  31. Kathy says:

    Your little gal is so adorable! I know I don’t have to tell you to enjoy this infant stage because it passes so quickly. Isn’t it fun to dress little girls?! Bless you for taking time to think of us when you are so busy!
    Love your recipes but we’re not fond of mushrooms so will bypass this one. It’s highly unusual because I usually save about all your recipes!

  32. Chris says:

    YUM! Mushrooms are my favorite veggie – ever. What a great way to enjoy a meat-free meal.

  33. Liz says:

    Hi Mel! I love mushrooms and lasagna so I’m thinking I can’t go wrong. I had a little girl in March and she has a TON of hair only it’s jet black! So funny, since our oldest is a little blondie. Since I have had my baby, we have had your sweet and sour chicken once a week, at least! My husband and I, and even our three year old, are seriously obsessed. I always buy extra chicken and make extra sauce thinking that we will have lots of leftovers but we usually just eat more! The other day, I made it and didn’t fry it first in an attempt to save a step. Definitely not the same. Anyway, I am just thrilled for you and your family. :)

  34. ashley says:

    What a doll!!! She is absolutely adorable! I especially love all of that hair!

  35. Teresa R. says:

    Thanks for the update! I was so happy to read that you and your precious children are doing so well. Keep snuggling and rest when you can.

  36. Stacie D. says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for the personal update! I can give you five reasons you are tired all the time: child 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. :) I am still tired and my baby just hit three months! Anyway, Camryn is beautiful…thanks for the latest photo! Where did you get that adorable clip? My baby has a head full of hair, and those would be perfect on days when a headband doesn’t match or work. Thanks!

  37. Hillary says:

    I hate mushrooms, but that baby is sure cute!

  38. scrappysue says:

    what an adorable dress! don’t you hate the fact that the T is next to the Y on the keyboard!!!

  39. gail says:

    That Baby is the sweetest little thing ever. Love her hair!!! So happy for you.

  40. I wish I liked mushrooms more, but I just *barely* like them. I can do mushrooms in some dishes but it is not something I ever crave or seek out. Maybe what was always missing is a boat load of butter and cheese!

  41. Oh BTW, I love hearing the updates about your adorable family!

  42. Karen says:

    Camryn is beautiful! Congrats again, and thanks for keeping us posted.

  43. Allyson…Dixies sister here.
    First of all….AWESOME amount of hair your sweet baby has.
    Secondly….my new baby girl has that EXACT same dress and she wore it to her second church outing. I love it and all it’s rainbow bright freshness.
    Thirdly….oh how I LOVE mushrooms. If only I could get my husband and kids on that same train with me. Sadly I probably shall never get to enjoy this delectable dish.
    Anywho, yay for matching baby dresses and sweet little girls!

  44. Diane says:

    She is so Precious!!!

  45. TrishInFL says:

    I don’t care for mushroom, so I won’t be making this lasagna, BUT, I just needed to tell you how adorable your daughter is (as if you didn’t already know). :-)

  46. Judi says:

    I love mushrooms and your site, even though I don’t usually post comments. But baby Camryn took me out of my lurker status to say she is precious!

  47. Maria says:

    Congrats on your precious baby girl!

  48. Amy Duke says:

    Oh she is ADORABLE! Such a cutie. You take all the time you want with her. But may I just say…four boys, one girl, AND a lover of mushrooms? We ARE kindred spirits!

  49. Oh my goodness! Camryn is a doll! Her hair rocks! I had my baby boy, Isaac, on March 19 and haven’t been reading your blog as faithfully so I missed the actual birth info and will have to scroll back. I bought a friend who had a baby a week after me the exact same colorful dress by Carter’s that your babe is wearing. Congratulations, Mel!

  50. Lana says:

    I love how you sweetly ask that no one ask for a sub for mushrooms or you’ll scream for hours into your pillow. HA! That made me laugh. I don’t know how you answer all the questions you do anyway. You’re so smart. PS–I love mushrooms. SO. MUCH.

  51. Sarah says:

    I care about your personal updates and of course all things mushrooms. Your new baby girl is stunning! On a side note, great dress, my twins wore the very same one!

  52. Jennifer says:

    Oh yes we do care!! Baby pictures are just as necessary as food pictures. Glad she is sleeping so well and hope you start to feel more rested. Blessings!

  53. Anona Davis says:

    Your personal update was so funny to me! I have three boys and then a little girl and it made me laugh when you talked about your boys voices getting so high when talking to their baby sister. =) Our boys do the same thing when talking to baby sister! I love watching the boys dote on their little sister and love to get attention from her. Thanks again for the great recipes! Your mom was at my house just as she left you to come help Erin. She is such a sweet lady! =) Good luck with your new little one =)!

  54. Cammee says:

    I am a mushroom and baby lover so thanks for including both! Might I add that in the little sneak peak of you, you are looking great as well. I’m glad that everything is going well and your hard work before baby Camryn is still paying off. You’re better than me, I think I use a new baby way too long as an excuse to stay home from church. :)

  55. Jeanie says:

    So no suggestions for substitutions, eh? Bummer. I kid, I kid. I LOVE mushrooms with all my heart so this is going at the top of my “Recipes To Try ASAP” list. I just stumbled upon your site via pinterest and can already tell I will need to renew my gym membership pronto.

  56. Shannon says:

    Camryn is adorable!

  57. Hi Mel! So many of your recipes look sooo delicious, including this Mushroom Lasagne. It sounds so comforting. Congrats on your sweet baby girl! She’s a doll. Wishing you lot’s of sleep and cuddles.

  58. Saskia says:

    This sounds really good. And thanks for the personal update as well, your girl is adorable!

  59. Holly says:

    We love all of your delicious recipes at our house. Thanks for all of the hard work. Enjoy that sweet little girl and your handsome boys. Thanks for the update!

  60. Toni McD says:

    Your baby girl is too too cute! I wouldn’t be getting anything accomplished with such a sweet little thing around. Congrats.

  61. Christine says:

    I just made something similar for my freezeer stash of food for after my son was born ( I had an April baby too!), but instead of layering the cheese with the white sauce I just put mozzerella and parmesan into the sauce once it thickened to make a cheese sauce. I also sauteed a bunch of fresh spinach with the mushrooms so it had tons of veggies (I’m a vegetarian and hate doing more than one thing at a meal so everything we eat tends to have lots of veggies in it). I also topped it with mozzarella. It turned out great and my non vegetarian husband and non vegetarian and mushroom hating sister both loved it and it did not last long! It also freezes great!

  62. [...] declared Monday’s as our big cooking day together.  Last Monday we made mushroom lasagna (which was fabulous), chocolate chip cookies, and banana bread.  The boys love to help me cook and [...]

  63. caitlyn says:

    We just made the mushroom lasagna this weekend, and it was delicious! Even my picky toddler gobbled it up! Next time, I might try substituting half of the whole milk for reduced fat/lowfat milk. Have you ever tried that before?
    Thanks so much for the recipe! I am new to your site, but will definitely try more recipes in the future.

  64. Mel says:

    Caitlyn – I’ve never tried a lower fat milk but I definitely think it’s worth a try!

  65. k says:

    I made this last week and loved it! SO good. I made half a batch because of my picky eaters, but they all liked it. Hooray! I only had a half cup of half and half, so I used that and skim milk for the rest of the milk and it worked out just fine. Served it with spinach and my boys asked if I could put the spinach in it next time. I think it’d be great too. I have three boys and a newborn girl and it IS all about the high voices! Ha ha!

  66. Lorrie says:

    Do you think I can prepare this a day in advance then cook it?
    thanks and just read your guest spot on the Time out for Women and the cobbler looks so yummy and I am so glad you survived the move!
    thanks
    Lorrie

  67. Heidi says:

    Can I follow the instructions for making ahead and then freeze it? Do you think it will freeze and reheat well?

  68. Mel says:

    Hi Lorrie – the most I’ve made this in advance is the morning of but I think the day before might work ok. I worry a little that it might get kind of dry so make sure the components are all room temperature before assembling (so the noodles don’t continue to absorb liquid).

    Heidi – I’ve never frozen but the original source (Smitten Kitchen) has freezable directions, I believe, so you might want to check out the original link below the recipe for details.

  69. Melissa says:

    WOW WOW!!! This was SO amazing!!! Loved it! Even my non mushroom liking kids ate it!!

  70. Alanna B says:

    whoaaa this is awesome. Everytime I visit my family I am begged to make this again.. delicious!

  71. Alanna B says:

    P.S – I have made this lasagna and frozen it BEFORE baking, and it did not turn out. It is much better to bake it, and either freeze individual portions and reheat, or freeze the whole pan after baking. If you don’t bake it before freezing, I find that it gets really watery and has a weird texture

  72. k says:

    I made this again last night but used broiled eggplant in place of the noodles. It turned out great! Who knew?

  73. Elaine says:

    When you say clove garlic do you mean one clove of a head of garlic or a whole garlic head? Sorry if it’s a stupid question.

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