Spinach Lasagna

Southern Living
Spinach LasagnaRecipe

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Always a crowd-pleaser, this lasagna is full of hearty veggies.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

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1 (24-oz.) jar pasta sauce
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
2 1/3 cups heavy cream, divided
32 ounces ricotta cheese
1 ounce fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
4 large shallots, thinly sliced
1/3 cup olive oil
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 (10-oz.) packages fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
12 no-boil lasagna noodles
1 (12-oz.) jar roasted red bell pepper strips, drained

Preparation

Hands-on: 50 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 35 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first 2 ingredients and 1 cup cream. Separately combine ricotta, next 2 ingredients, and 1 cup Parmesan. Sauté shallots in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Remove shallot mixture.

2. Add one-third of spinach to Dutch oven; cook over medium-high heat 1 minute or until wilted. Place spinach in a colander; drain. Repeat with remaining spinach.

3. Cook butter and flour in Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add 1 1/3 cups cream; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add spinach and shallots.

4. Pour 1/2 cup sauce mixture in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; top with 3 lasagna noodles. Layer half of spinach mixture, half of roasted peppers, 3 lasagna noodles, and half of ricotta mixture over pasta. Repeat layers; top with 3 lasagna noodles. Pour remaining sauce mixture over top. Place baking dish on a foil-lined baking sheet.

5. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Top with 1 cup Parmesan, and bake 15 minutes. Let stand 30 minutes.

Created date

November 2014