Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Easy Family Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne

Finally I have pulled myself out of the haze of sickness that has engulfed our house in the last week, if that doesn't make you want to follow a recipe I have for you, then I don't know what will. 


This is one of my all time favourites, I made it tonight and Joel asked me why I made his birthday dish a week early. Whoops, I didn't realise he liked it that much. 

It is a great dinner for the whole family. I only cook one meal a night (and that is on a good night) so it has to be edible for us big people and the one little person too. I read that ricotta is recommended for babies over 7 months.  It is such an easy recipe, you don't have to pre-cook the lasagne noodles and it is delicious. It takes about 15 minutes of prep and then it just cooks away on its own. 

Ingredients: 
Lasagne Sheets
Mozzarella Cheese (250g) 
Baby Spinach (fresh or frozen) 200g frozen or a large bowlful fresh.
Ricotta Cheese (500g) 
Pasta Sauce (700grams approx) 
Oregano (1 tsp)
Tarragon (1 tsp)
Pepper 
Salt (optional, I don't add it until after because of the little man) 

Instructions:

- Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius
- If you have frozen spinach defrost it or fresh Spinach boil or steam until cooked.
- Chop Spinach into small pieces
- Mix Spinach and Ricotta Cheese (I buy a 500g container and use about 3/4 of it)
- Add oregano, tarragon, pepper, (and salt if desired) and stir
- Pour 1/4 of your pasta sauce onto the bottom of your dish and spread evenly
- Add the first layer of lasagne noodles, covering the bottom of the dish
- Spread half (1/2) of the ricotta, spinach mixture evenly over the noodles
- Pour another 1/4 of the sauce on top of mixture
- Repeat these steps to make another layer
- Add the final layer of noodles on top
- Spread the last 1/4 of pasta sauce evenly over noodles
- Cover generously with Mozzarella 
- Pour 1/2 a cup of water around the edges to help the noodles cook thoroughly
- Cover the whole dish with aluminium foil and bake at 180 degrees celsius for 1 hour and 15 minutes for the last ten minutes I like to turn the grill on and remove the foil to brown the cheese
-Serve with a salad or steamed vegetables



Hope you enjoy!!
Karen xx 

1 comment:

  1. Mmm..yummy! My husband absolutely loves Italian food and lasagna is definitely up there! Thanks for linking up!

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