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Bosc Pear Lasagna with Almonds and Brie

Bosc Pear Lasagna with Almonds and Brie

YIELD: 12 servings

1 qt. béchamel sauce
1 lb. brie, trimmed and cubed
2 Tbsps. ground anise
2 lbs. ricotta cheese
6 large eggs
4 medium Bosc pears, peeled, cored, cut into ½" cubes
salt and white pepper, as needed
1 lb. (12 pieces) lasagna noodles, dry
2 oz. (½ cup) sliced almonds, toasted

1. Combine béchamel with half the brie and 1 Tbsp. anise. Heat over low heat just until brie melts. Set aside.

2. Combine ricotta, eggs, remaining brie and pears. Season with salt and white pepper.

3. Spread 4 oz. brie and béchamel mixture on bottom of half-size pan. Arrange 4 uncooked lasagna noodles on top of mixture.

4. Top noodles with ½ the ricotta and pear mixture and ⅓ of the almonds and 8 oz. of the brie and béchamel.

5. Repeat layers of noodles, remaining ricotta and ⅓ of the almonds and 8 oz. of the brie and béchamel.

6. Cover and bake at 350°F for 30-45 minutes or until noodles are al dente. Sprinkle with remaining almonds and bake uncovered 15 minutes longer or until top is golden brown. Let stand 5-10 minute before slicing.

Recipe: developed by Chef John Jefferson, Sodexo; submitted by Food Marketing Resources on behalf of the Pear Bureau Northwest Photo: Pear Bureau Northwest

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