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”
Looks yummy! I am sure that I also would enjoy this lasagna!
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!
A must try item for sure!! Healthy stuff
Absolutely amazing…I can’t wait to try this recipe! I literally want it this minute for breakfast!!!
Amazing! I could definitely use a couple of servings of this right about now, especially since I love incorporating spinach to my dishes.
I am with your daughter, any dish with spinach pretty much rocks:-) Your lasagna looks like cheesy happiness!!! Yum, Hugs, Terra
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!!!!
My carnivore would love the addition of sausage. Great job adapting this recipe to suite your family! It looks delicious.
Wow, that looks delicious. Lucky daughter! Curious as to whether Bill was a fan. 🙂
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
Looks delicious! Definitely worth a try..
Just wonderful and perfectly done!
I love spinach lasagna, this is gorgeous!!
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,
This lasagna looks like perfection, Lizzy! I’m dying for a slice right now…! Happy New Year 😉
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.
Awesome photos of your masterpiece lasagna! Wow! Have a great week, Lizzy.
These are some of your best photos yet!
This is a superb lasagna Liz! I always get an urge to make most things I see on tv but hardly ever do it.
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!