Make Ahead Pesto Polenta Lasagna Recipe

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60 mins (prep 30, cooking 30)
5 ingredients
6 servings
This recipe is from, submitted by Fiffen. It is a super simple do ahead dish. All it requires is layering purchased ingredients, packaging, and baking. Sometimes you just need a plop and drop dinner. This one is rich and satisfying, a small serving is filling. Serve with a green salad and vinaigrette on a meatless Monday. Prep the lasagna and freeze some for later. Layer in small ceramic or glass containers with tight fitting lids. Package just one or two portions per container. This is what personal chefs do for clients everyday. Proper containers are one of the secrets to successful make ahead meals. We use mostly small Pyrex rectangles that hold 3 1/2 cups. They hold 1-2 portions, have tight fitting lids, and stack well. There is an example of these containers on Amazon. If you have a Wal-Mart nearby, you can buy these small rectangles individually, no need to buy an assortment. Wal-Mart is not my favorite store, but we have not found this size in singles anywhere else. The lasagna in the photo is made in a CorningWare container. This style makes a nice presentation, oven to plate. Make sure to get ones with tight fitting lids, not the loose glass lids. Small containers make thawing and heating quicker. Pull your dish from the freezer and thaw overnight in the fridge. Meals can be refrigerated for several days. So it isn’t critical if you need to change your dinner plans. I use Frieda’s prepared polenta. It comes in many flavors, and several work here. I like mushroom and onion, basil and garlic, even dried tomato and garlic. I get whatever the store has. Look for it in the refrigerated produce section. Classico marinara is the brand I by. All flavors are gluten free. I usually buy the roasted garlic flavor because it is lower in calories and sodium than the other flavors. But choose what you like. Roland Pesto is my purchased pesto of choice. It is smooth, flavorful, and deep green. Classico pesto is leafy and unappealingly brownish. :( Shredded cheese makes prepping this recipe quick. I like Sargento brand 6 Cheese Italian for the flavor. It is a handy mix of mozzarella, smoked provolone, asiago, romano, parmesan and fontina cheeses. Simple shredded mozzarella works too. Sometimes you will see warnings on the internet that shredded cheese may be dusted with wheat flour to prevent clumping. Most often, it is not. And if it is, wheat must be printed on the label.

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Serving Size (130.3 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 133.86 Calories from Fat 85.05
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.45g 87.22%
Saturated Fat 0.75g 22.64%
Trans Fat 0.01g %
Cholesterol 2.38mg 4.75%
Sodium 496.34mg 124.08%
Total Carbohydrate 10.4g 20.8%
Dietary Fiber 2.55 g 61.17%
Sugars 6.91 g %
Protein 3.22g 38.62%
Vitamin A 772.68IU% Vitamin C 2.46mg%
Calcium 33.89mg% Iron 1.55mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
prepared polenta, shredded cheese