A lighter take on the traditional meat filled lasagna; these layers are stuffed with spinach and kale, a savory ricotta, and layered with mozzarella cheese.
1 1/2 C yellow onion, diced (~ 1 1/2 medium onions)
7 cloves of garlic, chopped (not diced too small; wouldn’t want to scorch it)
1 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
10 C Jarred Marinara sauce (~ 80 oz)
1 tbsp basil
1 tbsp parsley
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp sage
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
1/4 C fresh herbs like basil and parsley (optional)
salt + pepper
30 oz ricotta cheese
1 tbsp dried parsley OR oregano
10 C greens, washed (I used spinach and kale)
1 package of UNCOOKED lasagna noodles*
3 lbs of mozzarella cheese, shredded**
1 C grated or shredded parmesan cheese
In a large sauce pot to dutch oven, sauté the onions, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes in 2 tbsp of olive oil for 3- 4 minutes; till fragrant.
On medium low heat, pour in the marinara sauce and dried seasonings (basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and sage). Let simmer for at least 20- 30 minutes.
Add the tomato paste, fresh herbs, and brown sugar (if using) and season with salt + pepper, to taste. Let simmer for an additional 15- 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
PREPARE NOODLES ACCORDING TO PACKAGE INSTRUCTIONS. Make sure to salt you pasta water and don’t overcook the noodles. When done, place on a pan treated with nonstick spray or lined with parchment paper.
PREPARE RICOTTA MIXTURE: Combine ricotta, 2 eggs and dried parsley (or oregano) Stir together with a fork.
TO LAYER LASAGNA:
put a little sauce at the bottom of the pan (~ 1/3 c)
place the noodles in the pan; try not to overlap them.
spread 1/4 c ricotta mixture on top.
sprinkle 1/4 c parmesan cheese over the ricotta mixture.
add 2 c greens.
cover the greens with the tomato sauce. Don’t skimp on the sauce, it helps cook down the spinach and kale)
layer mozzarella cheese on top; about 1/2 C
REPEAT ii. - vii. pressing down each new layer. When you get towards the top, end with a later of noodles, ricotta cheese, parmesan, sauce and mozzarella cheese!
7. Cover the pan with foil; Spray the foil with nonstick spray so the cheese doesn't stick. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
8. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving!
* I used boil noodles because you can slice the pieces to fit the loaf pan. If you are making a half pan or full pan, you may use the no- cook version.
** I prefer to always buy the block of cheese and shred my own; it melts better.
3 loaf pan lasagnas
2 half pan lasagnas
1 full pan lasagna
Recipe by First and Full at https://firstandfull.com/vegetarian-spinach-lasagna/