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Crabmeat Basil Lasagne

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Ingredients
  Milk 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Clam juice 8 Ounce (1 Bottle)
  Dry white wine 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), minced or crushed through a press (Large Clove)
  Freshly grated nutmeg 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cayenne pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Black pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  All purpose flour 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Powdered mustard 1 Tablespoon
  Freshly grated parmesan cheese 2 Ounce (1/2 Cup)
  Lump crabmeat 1 Pound (Fresh, Picked Over)
  Fresh lemon juice 2 Tablespoon
  Chopped fresh basil 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Lasagne noodles 5 Ounce (6 In Number)
  Sweet paprika 1 Teaspoon
Directions

1. Adjust a shelf to the upper third of the oven and preheat to 400°. Put a large pot of lightly salted water on to boil while you prepare the sauce.
2. In a heavy medium nonreactive saucepan, combine the milk, clam juice, wine, garlic, nutmeg, cayenne, salt and black pepper. Place a sieve over the pan and gently add all of the flour to the sieve but do not sift it through. Lightly tap once, so just a film of flour sifts through. Whisk it into the liquid until smooth and then tap again. Repeat until all of the flour has been whisked in and the mixture is smooth.
3. Bring the sauce to a boil, whisking constantly, over moderate heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, whisking, until very thick, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 6 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese. Remove 1 cup of the Parmesan sauce and reserve for the top. Stir the crabmeat, lemon juice and basil into the remaining Parmesan sauce.
4. Add the lasagne noodles to the boiling water and return to a boil. Stir carefully without tearing the noodles, cook until almost tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Pat dry on paper towels.
5. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the sauce from the crabmeat filling in a 12-by-8-by-2-inch glass baking dish or shallow casserole. Cut 2 lasagne noodles in half crosswise and place in the dish, crosswise, to make a single layer. Spread with half of the crabmeat filling. Cut 2 more noodles as before and arrange over the crab. Spread with the remaining crabmeat filling. Top with the 2 remaining lasagne noodles, cutting them as before. Spread the reserved Parmesan sauce over the top. Sprinkle on the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan and the paprika. Bake until the lasagne is hot and bubbly and lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Let stand for about 15 minutes. Cut the lasagne into 6 equal squares. Serve hot, with steamed broccoli and lemon wedges.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Lasagna
Ingredient: 
Crab

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