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Monday, January 25, 2016

Spinach Vegetable Lasagna

Spinach Vegetable Lasagna
Lasagna is a flat shaped pasta and is origin of Italy. First time I heard lasagna from my kid. I was teaching him alphabet song and Lasagna was mentioned in the song. Then I tasted the spinach lasagna in an Italian restaurant and I loved it. I have tried twice and it came out well. Although it is time- consuming, the end result tempts us to try again. My elder kid loved the assembling part and he happily helped me. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing Spinach Vegetable Lasagna.

Spinach Vegetable Lasagna Recipe

Vegetarian Lasagna prepared with Spinach and vegetables.

Preparation Time : 30 mins | Cooking Time : 50 mins | Yields : 12

Recipe Category: Breakfast
Recipe Cuisine: Italian
Author:
Spinach Lasagna


Ingredients:
Table 1 : Cooking Lasagna:
Lasagna sheets : 12 sheets
Salt : 1/2 tsp
Olive Oil : For Spraying
Shredded Mozzarella cheese : 1/2 cup

Table 2: Vegetables in Pasta sauce
Olive oil : 1 tbsp
Finely chopped garlic : 2 tsp
Onions : 1/2 cup
Zucchini cubed : 1 cup
Mushroom sliced : 1 Cup
Pasta Sauce : 3 Cups
Salt : As needed
Freshly ground pepper : 1 tsp
Italian seasoning : 1/2 tsp

Table 3: 
Spinach Ricotta Cheese Mixture
Spinach Tightly packed : 2 Cups
Low fat Ricotta Cheese : 15 Oz
Egg : 1
Salt : As needed
Freshly ground pepper : 1 tsp
Italian seasoning : 1/2 tsp

Instructions:
1.Cooking Lasagna: 
Cook pasta according to package directions. I used Barilla Lasagna. Boil around 6 quarts of water. Add 1/2 tsp of salt. Add pasta to boiling water. Cook uncovered stirring occasionally. Drain and keep the each lasagna sheet separately on sprayed pan or aluminium foil to prevent sticking.
Spinach Vegetable  Lasagna 1

2.Vegetables in Pasta sauce:
Heat a large pan and add olive oil. Add finely chopped garlic and fry until it turns golden color. Add onions and fry till they turn translucent. Add zucchini and fry for 2 to 3 mins. Add mushroom and  followed by pasta sauce. Also add salt, finely ground pepper and Italian seasoning. Allow the vegetables to cook in medium flame until the sauce is bubbling. Don't thicken the sauce. Keep this ready.
Spinach Vegetable  Lasagna 2


3.Spinach Ricotta Cheese Mixture:
Wash spinach 2 to 3 times to remove dirt. Heat a pan and cook spinach uncovered in medium flame. spinach leaves water and that will be enough for cooking spinach. Once all the water is absorbed, transfer spinach to chopping board. Roughly chop the spinach and transfer to mixing bowl. Add ricotta cheese, egg, salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning to the spinach and mix well.
Spinach Vegetable  Lasagna 3

4.Assembling:
Preheat oven to 375 F / 190 C. Spray baking dish with olive oil. Spread 1/4 of pasta sauce in baking spray over the bottom of the baking dish. Cover with 4 lasagna noodles ( depending on the size you are using) top with 1/2 of spinach ricotta cheese mixture, Top with 1/4 of pasta sauce. Repeat the procedure to make one more layer (Covering with 4 noodles, topping with 1/2 of spinach ricotta cheese mixture and 1/4 of pasta sauce). 
Spinach Vegetable  Lasagna 4

5.Lastly cover with last 4 lasagna noodles. Pour remaining 1/4 of pasta sauce on top. Cover the baking dish with aluminium foil and bake it in preheated oven for 20 mins. Remove the baking dish from oven, remove the foil cover and spread mozzarella cheese evenly. Continue baking for 10 mins. Remove from oven and let it rest for 5 mins.


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Tips:
1.The number of lasagna sheets depends on the dimension of baking dish.
2.Black pepper is added twice so adjust accordingly.
3.Adding zucchini and mushroom is optional.
4.At each layering Parmesan cheese can be spread.

3 comments:

  1. Lovely - nice vegetarian version and beautifully made. In my house, including myself, sorry to say, no takers for lasagna. Maybe once a while when dining out, we don't mind.

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  2. Lasagna looks so delicious! I wanted to try this for a long time but still the lengthy process was stopping me.. But you have really tempted me to give it a try.

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