Tuesday, August 16, 2022

White Lasagna inspired by The Woman in the Library

This fun murder mystery within a murder mystery was the first novel I have ever read by Australian author Sular Gentill.  It will not be the last.

The Woman in the Library

I listened to this novel, downloaded from the library onto my phone, during my daily walks.  I can't wait to listen to the next that I will be downloading as soon as I'm done listening to my current Dean Koontz novel.
White Lasagna

This novel, starts off in the reading room of the Boston Public Library, where author, Winifred (Freddie) has gone to work on ideas for a new novel.  The table at which she sits is occupied by three others that Freddie dubs, The Handsome Man, Freud Girl and Heroic Chin.  

Suddenly there is a scream in the library that starts the four occupants of the table to conversation that leads to friendship and, of course, romance because as Freddie's on line friend Leo, an aspiring novelist himself, says "All novels are romance novels".

During the onset of the book, as the characters are getting to know each other, they end up in an Italian Restaurant.  As luck would have it, I was making a White Lasagna, on the day I read that scene so I waited to share the recipe with you until I was done with the novel.

During this novel, the author Hannah who is writing about the Woman in the Library, is living in Australia.  Her novel, set in Boston, is being written during the pandemic.  A fellow author, Leo, volunteers to do research as Hannah is unable to due to travel restrictions.

Leo becomes very involved in the novel and his research becomes very in depth, causing Hannah to contact the authorities in Boston.  All this is happening as Hannah's protagonist, Freddie, finds herself embroiled in the middle of a homicide investigation in which The Handsome Man, Cain, is the main suspect.

This presents a problem because, of course, Freddie is falling in love with Cain and is sure of his innocence.

White Lasagna

This is one of the most fun reads I have listened to this year.  This lasagna is one of the best dinners that I made this month.  Try them both, I think you will love them as much as I.

I am also sharing this post over at Foodies Read.  Stop by for more reading inspiration.

Entrees, Pork, Casseroles, Lasagna, Pasta
Yield: 12 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
White Lasagna

White Lasagna

This comforting, delicious lasagna contains no tomatoes but instead is made in a creamy white sauce remeniscent of Alfredo.
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 30 M


  • 9 oven ready lasagna noodles
  • 5 links Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, scraped, cut in quarters and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. dry white wine
  • 1 c. light cream
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, cubed
  • handful of fresh basil leaves, minced
  • 1/2 t. dried oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c. shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 c. cottage cheese
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg. fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded Gouda cheese


  1. In large skillet, over medium high heat, cook the sausage, carrots, onion, and garlic, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until the sausage is browned and crumbly. Drain and return the skillet and contents to the heat.
  2. Add the wine. Bring to a boil and cook, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan, until wine is mostly evaporated.
  3. Stir in the cream, cream cheese, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring until cream cheese has melted and mixture has thickened.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the egg with the cheddar and cottage cheese.
  5. Place a layer of the sausage mixture onto the bottom of a 9x13" baking dish. Lay 3 of the noodles on top.
  6. Place 1/3 of the remaining sausage mixture over the noodles, followed by 1/2 of the cottage cheese mixture. Repeat and then finish up with the last 3 noodles, topped with the remaining sausage mixture and sprinkle with the Gouda cheese.
  7. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 375* oven for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes until top is golden brown and casserole is hot and bubbly.
  8. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.


Adapted from a recipe found at Taste of Home.

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