Easy Spinach Lasagna
This Easy Spinach Lasagna is my go-to vegetarian lasagna. Layers of sauce, no-boil noodles, spinach ricotta & cheese combine for a tasty meatless meal!
Why You Must Make
- It was featured on Cook’s Country TV which shares well-tested recipes.
- It’s perfect for vegetarians.
- You can also jazz it up for carnivores by adding in some sauteed, sliced Italian sausages!
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 this easy spinach lasagna recipe while it was still available online.
- For the meat lover in your home, add some sliced sauteed Italian sausage to the sauce. I’ve made this recipe with half sausage and half without.
- Look for No-Boil lasagna noodles and that saves you the step and the pan needed to make traditional pasta. There’s enough liquid in the sauce to plump up the pasta as it cooks.
- Though you have to break out your food processor, it’s used twice. Once for finely chopping the spinach and again for mixing part of the spinach with the ricotta, etc.
- PRO-Tip: Grease one side of your foil so that the cheese will not stick as the lasagna cooks. I love non-stick foil as it saves a step, but spraying Pam on regular foil works well, too.
- PRO-Tip: If you don’t have fresh basil, you can substitute 1 teaspoon dried basil for each tablespoon of fresh basil.
- Defrost your frozen spinach overnight in the refrigerator. Squeeze dry before using. You can use a potato ricer, press and squeeze in a strainer, or squeeze over a bowl with clean hands.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a few things that make this a simple lasagna recipe. First are the no-boil lasagna noodles. They absorb liquid from the sauce to hydrate, eliminating the need to boil and cool them before using them. Then, since this is a vegetarian lasagna, there’s no need to get out another pan to cook hamburger or sausages. And, finally, using frozen chopped spinach entails defrosting and squeezing it dry instead of cooking and chopping, then squeezing out the excess liquid.
Ricotta is a soft Italian cheese that’s often used in lasagna. My mom used cottage cheese and that’s probably the best alternative. Other options include cream cheese, sour cream, tofu, and even goat’s cheese or yogurt.
Using a ricer works well, though it’s difficult to clean. You can also hand squeeze it with well-washed hands. I do that method over a strainer in the kitchen sink.
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A hearty, scrumptious pasta dish laden with spinach 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
- 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 for a non-vegetarian version
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 1218mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 7gSugar: 11gProtein: 24g
76 Comments on “Easy Spinach Lasagna”
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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 🙂
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!!
I just started getting that magazine and I love it. They have such great tips. This lasagna looks luxurious and fabulous!!
such a beautiful lasagna! sounds sooooo delicious on a cool day like today!
Oh, yes, yum! I LOVE spinach lasagna and yours looks fantastic. Now I’m getting a craving here!
I love lasagna! If only mine looked like this!! I always somehow end up with a sloppy mess. 🙂 Fabulous recipe, Lizzy!
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.
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!
Wow, you got your lasagna to hold together perfectly. What a fabulous-looking dish!
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!
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!
Look amazing!!!! Happy new year dear Lizzy and lots of beauty recipes like always you make!
I love spinach with ricotta and this spinach looks perfect! Perfectly comforting and delicious, and there’s spinach so it’s totally healthy!
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!
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.
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. ._.
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=)