Spinach Lasagna

Spinach-Lasagna
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I caught an episode of Cook’s Country TV one Saturday when they featured this Spinach Lasagna. Knowing any sort of spinach pasta would be a huge hit with my daughter, I printed off the recipe while it was still available on-line. To make the resident carnivore happy, I  tweaked the recipe by sauteing some mild Italian sausages…and added slices to half the tomato sauce. It uses no boil pasta, so that decreases the dishes by at least one pot. But the food processor is needed to finely chop the spinach and mix some of it with the ricotta. Still even with the usual array of dirty dishes, it was worth it for a dinner that all 3 of us enjoyed.

 

This could easily be made vegetarian by leaving out the sausage…it’s hearty enough to stand on its own. Hope you give it a try!

 

Spinach Lasagna~

Ingredients

  • Adapted from Cook's Country
  • 3 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes, I used Tuttorosso, made by Red Gold
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided
  • 3 cups (24 ounces) ricotta
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12+ no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded mozzarella
  • 3-4 mild Italian sausage links, sliced and browned, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Microwave spinach in covered large bowl until completely thawed, about 15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Squeeze spinach dry, reserving 1/3 cup liquid. Pulse spinach in food processor until ground, 8 to 10 pulses, scraping down bowl every few pulses. Wipe out large bowl with paper towels. Transfer spinach to now-empty bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, ½ cup processed spinach, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and cook until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Off heat, stir in 3 tablespoons basil; set aside.
  3. Process ricotta and reserved spinach liquid in food processor until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add Parmesan, remaining 3 tablespoons basil, eggs, 1½ teaspoons salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and process until combined. Stir ricotta mixture into remaining processed spinach.
  4. Cover bottom of 13 by 9-inch baking dish with 1¼ cups sauce. Top with 3 noodles and spread one-third of ricotta mixture evenly over noodles. Sprinkle with 2/3 cup mozzarella and cover with 1¼ cups sauce and sprinkle with sausage pieces, if using. Repeat twice, beginning with noodles and ending with sauce. Top with remaining 3 noodles, remaining sauce, and remaining 1 cup mozzarella.
  5. Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil sprayed with vegetable oil spray and bake until bubbling around edges, about 40 minutes. Discard foil and continue to bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes. Serve.
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Comments

  1. Even though I’m not a great fan of spinach, I’m almost certain that I will like it in this dish. Bye-bye my diet, hello spinach lasagna=)

  2. Hey, something my dad could eat. All I’d have to do is remove the garlic and onions because he hates those for some reason. ._.

  3. This is a masterpiece of a spinach lasagna, Lizzy! I have to make this soon!

  4. I would have to add the sausage for my resident carnivore, too. Looks delightful, though. Never met a lasagna I didn’t like, er, love. Hope your new year is off to a great start, Lizzy. Your photographs are absolutely gorgeous.

  5. Love the combination of pleasing the daughter and the carnivore. Paul would be very appreciative of the sausage links! Saving this – such comfort on a winter’s night. Happy 2013!

  6. I love spinach with ricotta and this spinach looks perfect! Perfectly comforting and delicious, and there’s spinach so it’s totally healthy!

  7. Look amazing!!!! Happy new year dear Lizzy and lots of beauty recipes like always you make!

  8. This has got to be the most perfect spinach lasagna I’ve EVER seen. I love adding spinach to lasagna – and really, any pasta dish. I want a huge chunk of this for lunch today!

  9. Lizzy, this looks fabulous. I never tire of Italian or Asian. Your piece is cut perfectly too, I never seem to have a neat looking lasagna that is picture-worthy – BRAVO!

  10. Wow, you got your lasagna to hold together perfectly. What a fabulous-looking dish!

  11. This looks like the perfect cold-weather comfort food dish! Love all those cheesy layers, and major kudos for making one of the ugliest foods so beautiful!

  12. This looks like a fun way to use more veggies in lasagna. I’ve never tried the no-boil lasagna noodles but have heard really good things about them – definitely something I should try. Super recipe – thanks.

  13. I love lasagna! If only mine looked like this!! I always somehow end up with a sloppy mess. :) Fabulous recipe, Lizzy!

  14. Oh, yes, yum! I LOVE spinach lasagna and yours looks fantastic. Now I’m getting a craving here!

  15. such a beautiful lasagna! sounds sooooo delicious on a cool day like today!

  16. I just started getting that magazine and I love it. They have such great tips. This lasagna looks luxurious and fabulous!!

  17. I didn’t know you changed your blog address and I missed a lot of your posts! :( Glad to have found my way back again.

    I love a good, hearty lasagna, and this looks like it fits the bill. Yum!!

  18. trying to find meat free dishes that hubby would like and believe this would work. I don’t buy no-boil noodles. learned a trick eons ago from a friend to just use reg. noodles and maybe a bit more sauce. It bakes up great and is easier to slice. Thanks for the recipe, am new to your site and looking forward to recipes from you this year.

    • I hope your hubby likes this lasagna…mine did! I use that same trick with dried pasta…sure is easier than boiling! Glad you found your way to my blog :)

  19. Now this is what I call a LA-SA-GNA!! Wow… it’s beautiful. Mine always falls apart and it never serves up so perfectly. Gorgeous job!!

    PS… my resident carnivores would approve of your tweaking with sausage. :)

  20. Liz this looks delicious! I love spinach lasagna and haven’t made it in years. My family is funny about eating too much pasta something I’ve been craving lately. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely try it.

  21. You’re right – I had to subscribe to your blog again. Which I just did. We now have an 11-year old vegetarian living in our family (thank goodness her Iowa great-grandparents are not alive to know this). This spinach lasagna minus the sausage looks delicious. She’ll love it. As will her mother.

  22. I as crazy about spinach as Popeye the Sailor Man! And I’d love to make this to add it to my lasagna repertoire! Delicioso Liz! I think that you just may have an Italian gene inside of you! Sorry for not commenting lately (I HAVE been reading each post tho) . . . Dad in Mary Greeley, double pneumonia, influenza and cancer . . . this is where we’ve been throughout Christmas. Stopped in Indiana for word to return to IA, but he stablilized and we moved on to SC. He’s out of ICU and will be in the ‘pital for at least another week. So that’s why I hadn’t posted or commented in the last week. I promise to catch up on your delicious posts . . . pinky promise!

    Happy New Year!

  23. This is a superb lasagna Liz! I always get an urge to make most things I see on tv but hardly ever do it.

  24. These are some of your best photos yet!

  25. Awesome photos of your masterpiece lasagna! Wow! Have a great week, Lizzy.

  26. How funny, for the last week or so I have been craving lasagna. I haven’t had it in years and aren’t a big fan of the traditional variety. This sounds just perfect and I can’t wait to give it a try.

  27. This lasagna looks like perfection, Lizzy! I’m dying for a slice right now…! Happy New Year ;)

  28. Lizzy,
    Your Spinach Lasagna looks perfect, and so good with all of that spinach. I haven’t made lasagna in eons, but now it’s time, and your recipe is the winner,

  29. I love spinach lasagna, this is gorgeous!!

  30. Just wonderful and perfectly done!

  31. Looks delicious! Definitely worth a try..

  32. Love this version of lasagna too. And those cheesy layers.. boy they are certainly comforting and a great way to kick start this new year. Moussaka is another favorite of mine. Happy New Year 2013 Lizzy! Thanks so much for your support throughout these 3 years of my ever so slow food blogging journey. Here’s wishing you and your family filled with good health and wealth. ♥ Jo

  33. Wow, that looks delicious. Lucky daughter! Curious as to whether Bill was a fan. :)

  34. My carnivore would love the addition of sausage. Great job adapting this recipe to suite your family! It looks delicious.

  35. This looks delicious!! I thought you must have been on vacation until I realized that your post updates are not showing up on my sidebar!!! Sorry I’ve been missing your posts – I will take some time and read back through them. Have signed up for the email alerts now….Happy New Year to you and yours Lizzy!!!!

  36. I am with your daughter, any dish with spinach pretty much rocks:-) Your lasagna looks like cheesy happiness!!! Yum, Hugs, Terra

  37. Amazing! I could definitely use a couple of servings of this right about now, especially since I love incorporating spinach to my dishes.

  38. carol | a cup of mascarpone says:

    Absolutely amazing…I can’t wait to try this recipe! I literally want it this minute for breakfast!!!

  39. A must try item for sure!! Healthy stuff

  40. Love that drizzle down the side… and I wont miss a thing got that covered your on my subscribed list! Love this one so nice and thick!

  41. Looks yummy! I am sure that I also would enjoy this lasagna!

  42. I love lasagna and spinach so this is the perfect combination for me…it looks divine!

  43. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

    Oh boy, this would be a big hit with me! Love lasagna:@)

  44. That sounds delicious! Think I’ll make it for our dinner tomorrow night. Thank you for sharing the recipe! Happy New Year!

  45. hi lizzy , i love your spinach lasagna!

  46. Adding spinach to a lasagna dish certainly makes it stand out from the rest, Liz! Won’t u send me some??

  47. This dish brings back fuzzy warm feelings of my days in Australia when I had loads of yummy spinach lasagna. this recipe sounds so good – Bookmarked to try asap! Thanks for sharing this Lizzy. I just know my family will enjoy this, most of all, ME ;)

  48. This is SOOOOOOOO hearty and delicious! I love it!

  49. I love all the delicious, lovely layers!

  50. Lizzy,

    Who can say no this yummy dinner, love this spinach lasagna and wine.

  51. This would be my perfect lasagna, it does look delicious.
    Hope you are off to a great 2013!

  52. Lizzy, this is just gorgeous!! You are so very talented. I love spinach lasagna and much prefer it over the meat version!

  53. Maybe it’s just the time of year, but lasagne sounds soooo good right now. I’d take half of the pan of your spinachy goodness Liz.

    Happy New Year and good luck to the Pack this weekend!

  54. I was vegetarian for 3 years and although I now eat meat, I STILL prefer a vegetarian lasagna. SO good. This one looks perfect :)

  55. I’m with the carnivore, I like a little sausage in my lasagna, lol. I love lasagna, a little too much if you know what I mean. Usually my will power doesn’t last long and I should be ready for one soon. Hope you are having a wonderful week Miss Lucky Lizzy!
    -Gina-

  56. Lizzy, I’ve never worked with frozen spinach. Would fresh spinach be just as good in this, do you think? We also use another green called Silverbeet instead of spinach quite often – it has a slightly stronger taste than spinach. Hope you are having a good week.

  57. Lasagna can be hard to photograph but you nailed it, looks delicious Lizzy!!

  58. Lizzy, are you ok? Just noticed you haven’t posted for a while! Hope it’s because you have been having a nice holiday and not something not as nice. Take care. Hope you see you soon.

  59. I’m a huge spinach fan – maybe watched too much Popeye growing up. This would be a hit for the winter-that-will-not-go-away. And we would all do this meatless (although meat is good, too).

  60. My son loves lasagna, but guess what? I’ve never eaten it in my life!! To me, Lasagna is Garfield’s food! I can’t bear to fight with him. Hahaha!

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