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Vegetarian Spinach Ricotta Lasagna in white casserole dish with linen and knife by Fork in the Kitchen

Vegetarian Spinach Ricotta Lasagna


  • Author: Becca | Fork in the Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

An easy homemade vegetarian lasagna – with classic ricotta filling, tomato sauce, and lots of melty mozzarella cheese. 


Ingredients

  • 12 oz. refrigerated pasta sheets or 1 batch homemade pasta dough
  • 1/2 TBSP butter
  • 1 shallot bulb (~2T), finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 oz. fresh spinach leaves, chopped
  • 15 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups tomato sauce (more as desired)

Instructions

  1. If using homemade pasta, roll out pasta sheets on the thinnest, or second to thinnest, setting; cutting to fit the size of your pan. Bring a large stock pot full of salted water to a boil; par-cook the noodles for approximately 30 seconds, until they float. Transfer directly to an ice bath and then let dry on a tea towel or paper towels. Let rest until ready to assemble the lasagna. If using refrigerated pasta sheets or no-boil dried lasagna noodles, use as directed (generally no need to prep!).
  2. Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Grease an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish (I use softened butter). Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add chopped shallot and let cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes. Season with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to taste. Add chopped spinach to skillet, stir to coat, and remove from heat as spinach wilts. Transfer to a fine mesh strainer and press to release all liquid from the spinach. Let sit to drain and cool.
  4. Meanwhile, stir together ricotta, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, black pepper, nutmeg. Taste test and then stir in the egg. Once the spinach has drained and cooled, stir into ricotta mixture.
  5. Spread 1/4 cup of tomato sauce in greased baking dish. Place down the first layer of lasagna sheets; top with 1/3 of the ricotta mixture (for 3 layers), then an additional 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella, and 1/2 cup tomato sauce. Continue with two more full layers: pasta, ricotta, mozzarella, sauce. Once the three layers of ricotta are set, top with a final layer of pasta and tomato sauce. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese (~1/3 cup) and remaining parmesan (~1/4 cup) on top.
  6. Cover lasagna with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 20-30 additional minutes, until golden brown and bubbly around edges. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and serve.

Notes

Frozen spinach: if using frozen spinach, thaw and squeeze out all excess moisture (use a lot of paper towels to help!). Cook shallots/garlic as directed and then stir in spinach and ricotta mixture.

I’ve also used a mix of fresh spinach and baby kale for a unique mix!

Keywords: vegetarian, easy, comfort, winter, small batch