Easy Spinach Lasagna

Easy Spinach Lasagna

When my family was here, I made food laden with calories almost every day. My brothers love cheese and sweets and they wanted to eat all the “special food” cooked by their sister before they leave. So, I made a lot of things like this nutella strawberry french toast and this cheesecake and I also made this Spinach Lasagna. The first time I had spinach lasagna was at a friend’s place 2 years back. My 1st reaction was, wow it’s delicious but that’s a lot of cheese! Well, there is a lot of cheese in lasagna, of course you can make the skinny version and all but if you want to real deal, then you have to add in cheese and some more cheese. It’s basically baked layers of pasta noodles, cheese mix and sauce. Speaking of sauce, I used marinara in this recipe, a lot of recipes use Bechamel Sauce (the white sauce). So you can use whatever you like.

When I made this at home, I thought I added enough cheese, like more than enough. And my brothers, even though they loved it they said – “umm, the cheese was little less”. What??!!! I can’t get the obsession with so much cheese! I just rolled my eyes and said “you both should probably eat cheese straight out of a packet if that wasn’t enough for you guys”!

Spinach Lasagna

These pictures were clicked in like less than 5 minutes so I am not really happy with them. I had no time, no props and everything was still unpacked then. But because the spinach lasagna was so good, I wanted to share even if the pictures don’t do justice to this recipe. Traditionally ricotta cheese is used in lasagna and that is what I have used here. You can even use paneer is place of ricotta cheese if you don’t have it. This is an easy spinach lasagna recipe. Easy because I used frozen spinach and store bought marinara sauce. All I had to do was layer everything together. I highly recommend cooking the spinach with garlic and onion before using it in the layers, adds so much flavor.

And guys it’s getting super hot so I have decided to dedicate next week to “frozen treats”. Yes, I will be sharing some easy popsicles and ice cream recipes that you can enjoy in this hot summer, so stay tuned for that.

PS: for those in the US, have a great long weekend! and Happy Birthday America! [wow it’s 4th of July already!]

 

Method

*Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.

In a pan on medium heat, add oil and butter. Once it melts add chopped garlic.

Saute garlic for few seconds, till you start getting a nice aroma and then add chopped onions.

Saute onions for 1-2 minutes or till they become translucent. Add chopped spinach [note: I cooked/thawed my frozen spinach according to instructions on the package before adding to the pan] to the pan and mix. Cook till there’s no moisture left. Season with salt and pepper.

Spinach Lasagna Recipe-Step-1

Transfer the spinach mixture to a large bowl. Add parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese to it.

Also add 1 egg, dried oregano and salt and pepper to taste.

Mix everything till well combined.

Spinach Lasagna Recipe-Step-2

And now basically you have to make layers using 3 ingredients – marinara sauce [divide in 3 equal parts], lasagna noodles and the spinach-ricotta mixture [divide in 3 equal parts]. Start by pouring some marinara sauce on the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan.

Then place 3 lasagna noodles on top of it [1st layer of noodles]. I used little more than 3 noodles to cover the pan.

Cover the noodles with the spinach ricotta mixture next.

Spinach Lasagna Recipe-Step-3

Again place 3 noodles on top of the spinach ricotta mix. [2nd layer of noodles]

On top of the noodles again place some spinach mixture. Top that with some marinara sauce.

Arrange 3 more lasagna noodles on top. [3rd layer of noodles]

Spinach Lasagna Recipe-Step-4

Top the noodles again with spinach mixture. Your spinach ricotta mixture should be finished by now.

And then place a layer of lasagna noodles again on top. [4th layer]

Top with leftover marinara sauce. Finally top with shredded mozzarella cheese. [not in the picture]

Spinach Lasagna Recipe-Step-5

Coat one side of a large aluminium foil with non-stick pray and cover the pan with the foil (with the oil side facing down).

Bake at 350 F degrees for 40-45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake additional 15 minutes or till top is browned.

Take out of the oven and let the spinach lasagna cool down for 20 minutes before serving.

Spinach Lasagna Recipe-Step-6

Cut into squares and serve immediately. I sprinkled some fresh rosemary on top.

Easy Spinach Lasagna

Recipe adapted from here.

* Adjust the amount of cheese to your taste and preference. This was just perfect for you. If you love cheese, add more.

Spinach Lasagna

Manali
Easy Spinach Lasagna made with layers of creamy spinach-ricotta filling, noodles, marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Servings 6
Calories 392 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 X 10 oz boxes frozen spinach
  • 5 garlic cloves large, chopped
  • 1 onion medium, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 x 15 oz can ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg large
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 x 16 oz can marinara sauce
  • 12-13 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh rosemary to garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  • In a pan on medium heat, add oil and butter. Once it melts add chopped garlic.
  • Saute garlic for few seconds, till you start getting a nice aroma and then add chopped onions.
  • Saute onions for 1-2 minutes or till they become translucent.
  • Add chopped spinach [note: I cooked/thawed my frozen spinach according to instructions on the package before adding to the pan] to the pan and mix. Cook till there's no moisture left. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Transfer the spinach mixture to a large bowl. Add parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese to it.
  • Also add 1 egg, dried oregano and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix everything till well combined.
  • And now basically you have to make layers using 3 ingredients - marinara sauce [divide in 3 equal parts], lasagna noodles and the spinach-ricotta mixture [divide in 3 equal parts].
  • Start by pouring some marinara sauce on the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan.
  • Then place 3 lasagna noodles on top of it [1st layer of noodles]. I used little more than 3 noodles to cover the pan.
  • Cover the noodles with the spinach ricotta mixture next.
  • And keep making layers using spinach ricotta mix, lasagna noodles and marinara sauce. [See above for detailed pictures].
  • After all layers are done, top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Coat one side of a large aluminium foil with non-stick pray and cover the pan with the foil (with the oil side facing down).
  • Bake at 350 F degrees for 40-45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake additional 15 minutes or till top is browned.
  • Take out of the oven and let the spinach lasagna cool down for 20 minutes before serving.
  • Cut into squares and serve immediately. I sprinkled some fresh rosemary on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 392kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 18gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 401mgPotassium: 209mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 465IUVitamin C: 2.1mgCalcium: 327mgIron: 1.4mg
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 Easy Spinach Lasagna

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26 thoughts on “Easy Spinach Lasagna

  1. I can never resist a lasagne, and I love how this is a vegetarian version. I’ve never made a spinach lasagne before, but it sounds great! The photos are mouth-watering too!

  2. I’m still chuckling at your comment to your brothers that they can eat the cheese right out of the package. Hah! But this lasagna looks awesome. I could totally go for a cheesy slice of this deliciousness right about now. 🙂

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