Spinach lasagna – who doesn’t like it?
Maybe I should say, Lasagna – who doesn’t like it?
Even children who don’t care for spinach like this lasagna recipe! But, with Popeye as a hero, what child doesn’t like spinach?
As the mother of a large family, I am always looking for ways to stretch meals. Yep, it was my frugality that was the inspiration behind my spinach lasagna recipe! That, and the fact that I could not eat meat for 30+ years because of meat allergies. Thankfully, my allergy to meat and other physical problems have resolved thanks to the GAPS diet! But, even though I can now eat meat, my spinach lasagna recipe is still a mainstay of meal planning.
Please keep in mind, with a large family I multiply recipes for large crowds! The basic ingredient quantities are given along with variations that I have used successfully and it is easily multiplied.
One final note before the recipe: I do not cook my lasagna noodles ahead of time – I layer them uncooked in the lasagna. This saves time, another messy pot to wash and the quality of the final dish is not affected!
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- 2 lbs Ricotta Cheese ( may substitute cottage cheese, I now use our homemade ricotta)
- 2 – 10 oz pkgs frozen chopped spinach
- 1 tsp garlic powder (where to buy spices)
- 1 tsp salt (where to buy REAL salt)
Combine all ingredients in bowl and set aside.
I use frozen tomato sauce from last years garden and add Italian spices. When I do not have frozen tomato sauce, I used canned and add my own Italian spices to taste – basil, garlic and oregano. For a meat option, brown 1 lb ground beef or turkey meat and add to the tomato sauce.
In a greased 13 x 9 pan, starting with a bit of tomato sauce in the bottom to prevent sticking, layer:
- Lasagna Noodles – not cooked (where to buy healthy pasta)
- Spinach Filling
- Tomato Sauce
- Mozzarella Cheese (I now use our homemade mozzarella)
In that order!
Be sure to end with Mozzarella Cheese.
Bake at 350F for 1 hour.
Note: I do not cook my lasagna noodles before assembling – not only am I saved time but also another messy pot to wash AND the quality of the dish is not affected!