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Spinach + Cheese Lasagna

This spinach and cheese lasagna is simple and delicious. Layers of pasta, cheese, spinach and marinara sauce baked until golden and bubbly on top. This classic comfort food is perfect for feeding a large group and is great for meal prep.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword kid-friendly, pasta, vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 8

Ingredients

For the Spinach Ricotta:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 5 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 20 oz whole milk ricotta
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

For the Lasagna:

  • 24 oz marinara sauce, or make your own (link for my recipe is in notes)
  • 1 lb no boil lasagna sheets
  • 3-4 cups shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  • Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add 1 tsp olive oil and the fresh baby spinach. Sauté until wilted.
  • Let cool and chop up as finely as you desire. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • In a bowl, combine the ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella, oregano, egg, garlic, salt and pepper. Add the spinach and stir to combine.
  • Drizzle the bottom of a 9x13 pan with olive oil. Spread about ½ cup of the marinara sauce into the bottom of the baking dish and add 2 tbsp water (this helps hydrate the no boil noodles) and layer with lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the spinach mixture, a generous ½ cup of the tomato sauce, and 1/4 of the cheese. Add 2 tbsp water. Repeat this process until you have 3 layers, ending with noodles and sauce. We will add more cheese later so it doesn’t stick to the foil! Pour ½ cup water over the whole thing again and cover tightly with foil.
  • Bake for 25 -30 minutes and then add 1-2 cups of cheese (depending on how cheesy you like the top. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for 10 more minutes.
  • Let stand for 10-15 minutes before serving so that the lasagna noodles can soak up all the extra moisture.

Notes

  • If you want to make your own sauce, just make my recipe here