Polenta lasagna style with vegetable ragout

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Polenta lasagna style with vegetable ragout

Details

. Difficulty: Medium . Serves: 4 people . Preparation time: 60 minutes . Variety: Filled pasta

Ingredients

375g Polenta Valsugana flour
750ml water
750ml milk
200g celery, diced (1cm)
200g carrots, diced (1cm)
100g chopped onion
3 bell peppers, diced (1cm) (1 red/yellow/green)
200g courgette, diced (1cm)
200g aubergines, diced (1cm)
100g tomato puree
10g thyme, chopped
10g chives, chopped
10g marjoram, chopped
200g Grana Padano Riserva
50ml extra virgin olive oil
70g butter
Salt and pepper
Lettuce, to serve

Preparation

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
Pour the water and milk into a pot and bring to the boil. Add a couple of pinches of salt and start adding the polenta flour, mixing with a whisk or a spatula. Cook for about 8 minutes or as indicated on the package. Transfer the polenta in between two sheets of baking parchment and use a rolling pin to flatten it down to 1cm thickness. Leave it to cool down completely
Sweat the onion in a sauté pan with the olive oil. Add all the diced vegetables. Cook for a couple of minutes then add the tomato puree. Season with salt and pepper and cook until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat and add all the chopped herbs, adjust seasoning, if necessary
Grease a baking tray with melted butter and cut the polenta sheet so it fits neatly into the greased tray
Top the first sheet of polenta with a spoonful of the vegetable ragout and a generous sprinkle of grated Grana Padano Riserva. Alternate the polenta, vegetable ragout until the tray is filled to the top
Add the grated Grana Padano Riserva and drizzles of melted butter to the top layer. Bake for about 20 minutes and serve with fresh lettuce.
Francesco Mazzei