Creating an AIP Paleo Lasagna recipe that could allow all the gluten, dairy & grain free eaters to enjoy this masterpiece of Italian cuisine was something I have been wanting to do for a very long time.
For an Italian, Lasagna is the quintessential celebratory food. It’s the main protagonist of any family lunch and, on Sundays, walking through the alleys of any Italian town, the delicious smell of this dish inebriates the air and puts a smile of people’s face.
What better recipe could I choose for the first page of my AIP ITALIAN COOKBOOK?
One would say it’s impossible to make a version of this dish that’s AIP and paleo compliant. Thinking to replace all the cheese, tomato sauce and gluten filled noodles, it almost feels like we are left over with no lasagna at all!
The good news, all my AIP paleo friends, is that with this recipe you can have Lasagna anytime you want!
With delicious baked celeriac in place of the noodles, a nutritious meat sauce filled with veggies and a cheesy dairy free Bechamel sauce made with gut healing bone marrow, this dish will soon become a favorite in your kitchen!
Don’t get scared if the procedure seems a bit long. It’s easier than you think… and hey, like I said in the beginning, this a Sunday lunch type of dish. And taking some time for your self, cooking up a delicious AIP Lasagna is an activity I find extremely healing as well! :)
Grain Free & AIP Lasagna
For the Grain Free Lasagna Noodles:
- 1 large Celeriac Root
For the Ragout:
- 1 tbps Olive Oil
- 1 clove of Garlic (crushed)
- 1 sprig of Rosemary
- 6 leaves of Sage
- 250 gr ground beef (replaceable with Bison or Horse if you are in Europe)
- 1 Fennel
- 2 Carrots
- 1 stalk of Celery
- 30 gr Kabocha Squash (or Pumpkin)
- ¼ tsp Himalayan Salt
- ¼ tsp Turmeric
- Water, as needed
For the Dairy Free Bechamel:
- 2 tbsp Bone Marrow (replaceable with Olive Oil)
- 1 ½ tbsp Arrowroot (or Tapioca Flour)
- ½ cup warm Coconut Milk
- ¼ cup warm Broth (or warm Water)
- ¼ tsp Himalayan Salt
- 1/8 tsp Dehydrated Garlic Powder
- 1/8 tsp Turmeric Powder
To Garnish (optional):
- 1 sprig fresh Rosemary
- 1 tsp Plantain Flour (see how to make your own here)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Peel the celeriac and slice it with a mandolin in thin circular slices. If you don’t have the mandolin, use a large knife and slice it by hand.
- Place the celeriac slices on a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes, until they are soft (make sure they don’t dry too much and get crispy).
- In the meantime, prepare the ragout.
- Grind carrots, fennel and celery in a food processor (or grate them by hand with a grater if you don’t have one).
- On a cutting board dice the squash, crush the garlic and finely chop the herbs.
- Heat up the olive oil in a large non stick pan. When it starts to sizzle, toss in the herbs and garlic and let them cook on low heat for ½ a minute.
- Place the ground beef in the pan and break it down with a wooden spoon making sure it gets seasoned all the way through.
- Lastly, toss in the vegetable mixture, salt and turmeric and mix well.
- Put a cover on the pan, raise the flame to medium and let the ragout cook for about 40 minutes. Make sure to add some water if the meat sauce starts to stick to the pan.
- To prepare the Dairy Free Béchamel, heat up the bone marrow in a small sauce pan over low heat. I prefer this over olive oil because it adds a cheesy flavor and it allows you to create a very “nutrient dense” dish, that’s compliant with the AIP protocol.
- Toss in the arrowroot and mix well, until you will get a thick paste.
- Half a minute later, start pouring in the warm liquids, always mixing constantly.
- Add in the salt, turmeric and garlic powder and keep on mixing well for 3 or 4 minutes, until you get a thick sauce.
- Assemble the lasagna by placing a slice of baked celeriac on large pan, top with 1 tbsp of horse ragout and 1 tbsp béchamel. Make 4 to 5 layers, sprinkle with a bit of plantain flour and a bit of rosemary.
- Bake your lasagna for about 5 minutes and serve!
I hope you guys enjoyed baking this AIP Paleo Lasagna and now I would love to hear from you!! How did it come out? Did you use any replacements? Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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