*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
                             Asparagus  Lasagne
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : New Text Import
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2      Tbsp.         (1/4 stick) butter
    1      Med.          onion -- finely chopped
    2                    garlic cloves -- minced
    3      Tbsp.         all purpose flour
    2      C.            low fat milk
      1/2  Tsp.          grated lemon peel
      1/4  Tsp.          ground nutmeg
      3/4  Lb.           asparagus
    1 1/2  c.            ricotta cheese
                         6-9 lasagne noodles
    1 1/3  c.            shredded Swiss cheese (about 5 oz.)
    1      c.            diced Canadian bacon (about 5 1/2 oz.)
      1/2  c.            canned tomato sauce
                         Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
 Melt butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium low heat.  Add
 onion and garlic and saute onion until translucent, about 8 minutes.
 Add flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Gradually
 whisk in milk.  Simmer until mixture thickens, stirring constantly,
 about 2 minutes.  Mix in lemon peel and nutmeg. Remove from heat.  Season
 with salt and pepper.  (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover
 white sauce and refrigerate.)  Grease 8 square baking pan.  Steam
 asparagus over boiling salted water until just crisp tender, about 6
 minutes.  Refresh under cold water; drain.  Cut asparagus into 1
 pieces.  Combine asparagus and ricotta in small bowl.  Cook lasagne
 noodles in large pot of rapidly boiling salted water until just
 tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally.  Drain.  Rinse
 noodles with cold water and drain well.  Spread 1/2 of white sauce
 in bottom of pan.  Top with single layer of lasagne noodles,
 trimming to fit.  Cover with 1/2 cup white sauce.  Top with 1/2 of
 asparagus mixture.  Top with half each of Swiss cheese and bacon.  Top with
 another layer of noodles.  Cover with remaining white
 sauce.  Top with remaining asparagus mixture, Swiss cheese and
 bacon.  Cover with remaining noodles. Drizzle top with tomato sauce.
 Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  (Can be prepared 1 day ahead.   Cover and
 refrigerate.  Bring to room temperature before
 continuing.)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake lasagne until
 heated through, about 20 minutes.  Cool slightly before serving.  6
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