Poached salmon and asparagus lasagne al forno


5 from 4 votes
Poached salmon and asparagus lasagne al forno
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Resting time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

A divinely delicious baked pasta with fresh seasonal asparagus and fresh salmon

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Northern Italy
Servings: 4
Author: Jacqueline De Bono
  • 300 g fresh salmon fillets skinless
  • 200 g lasagne pasta sheets fresh or dried ( I used fresh from Giovanni Rana)
  • 30 g grated Parmesan
  • 1 kg asparagus
For salmon poaching
  • 1 white onion peeled and sliced
  • 1 stalk celery washed and cut into pieces
  • 1 sprig dill
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt
For béchamel
  • 100 g all purpose flour
  • 100 g butter
  • 1-2 tsp lemon zest
  • 130 g stracchino cheese or burrata or grated parmesan (60 g)
  • 1 Lt fresh milk
  • 1 tsp dill chopped
  • salt
Poach the salmon
  1. Place the skinless salmon fillets into a poaching tray with some dill, the bay leaf, the peeled and sliced onion and the celery stalk washed and cut into pieces. 

  2. Add enough cold water to cover the fish and add the juice of one lemon. Poach covered from cold on a moderate heat until the salmon is cooked. (about 20-25 minutes)

  3. When the salmon is cooked take it out of the poaching liquid and put it on a plate to cool.

Cook the asparagus
  1. Wash the asparagus and cut off the hard part at the bottom of the stalk ( You can do this by bending the stalks and they will break at the right place)

  2. Boil or steam the asparagus until they are still a little firm. I boiled them in bundles for 5 minutes. Then plunge them in cold water to prevent them continuing to cook.

  3. Cut the asparagus stalks into small pieces keeping the spears intact. Set aside.

Make the béchamel
  1. In a saucepan, let the butter melt over a moderate flame. Add the flour a little at a time, stir carefully and make sure any lumps of flour dissolve. Then pour in the milk a little at a time, continuing to stir until it starts to thicken. 

  2. Add salt, some chopped dill, lemon zest and the Parmesan cheese, if you are using it. Continuing stirring until the cheese melts and the béchamel is thick enough. If it gets too thick you can add more milk.

  3. If you are using stracchino or burrata add once the béchamel is ready and cream with a hand held blender. 

Assemble your poached salmon and asparagus lasagne
  1. Put a small ladlful of béchamel in the bottom of a rectangular or square oven dish and spread it evenly. Place one layer of lasagne sheets on top. Then make a layer of asparagus stalks and salmon. Spread some more béchamel on top of the salmon and asparagus. 

  2. Add another layer of pasta sheets, then some salmon and asparagus stalks and more béchamel. Repeat if you have enough salmon and asparagus stalks. Finish with a layer of pasta. Cover this with the asparagus spears and finally the last of the béchamel and a light sprinkling of parmesan and a few small pieces of butter.

  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 180° for about 20-25 minutes (until the top starts to brown) Be careful not to let the asparagus spears burn. 

  4. Let the poached salmon and asparagus lasagne rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

I used fresh lasagne sheets so I didn't par-boil them. If you are using dried lasagne you will need to cook themin boiling salted water first. Be careful not to overcook them (half cooked if enough) as they will continue cooking in the oven and can get too soft and mushy. 

For a very quick version of this recipe you can use tinned salmon and ready made béchamel, but I would recommend using homemade béchamel and poaching the salmon yourself for best results.


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    Victoria Cauchi
    December 27, 2018 5:32 pm

    Can I make poached salmon and asparagus lasagne a few day ahead ,can I freeze it, Thank you for the delicious recipes.

    • Jacqui
      December 27, 2018 9:08 pm

      Hi Victoria! I’m happy you like my recipes! I think you can freeze this lasagna but I have never done it, so am not sure how good it will be from frozen. However, lasagna is one of the few pasta dishes I do freeze even if I have never frozen this version. Best to cook from frozen rather than let it defrost as the pasta can become soggy!

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    Joe LaMarco
    December 13, 2018 8:59 pm

    Some Italians would say that you NEVER serve a seafood dish with cheese. I believe that we should eat what we like and let others eat what they like. I will try this recipe WITH the cheese, thank you very much!

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    Stephanie Simmons
    May 14, 2018 4:43 pm

    This is such a unique take on lasagna! It looks and sounds absolutely delicious!

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    May 13, 2018 4:09 pm

    I am yet to try asparagus, sounds weird right?. The lasagna looks so creamy and tasty for a nice and filling dinner.

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    Stine Mari
    May 12, 2018 2:34 pm

    I don’t eat fish, but it still looks really tasty! Do you think I could use some other meat other than seafood?

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    Casey Rodweller
    May 12, 2018 11:18 am

    You can never go wrong with salmon, and all the flavors in this look spectacular!

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