Spinach Lasagna

Spinach Lasagna - up close and personal

Ingredients

1 batch basic tomato sauce without the onion

18-20 lasagna noodles (the ones that don’t require pre-cooking – I use Barilla)

300-400 g (10-14 oz) fresh spinach

Ground nutmeg

250 g (12 oz) ricotta cheese

2 eggs

Salt and ground black pepper

400 g (14 oz) grated mozzarella cheese

100 g (3.5 oz) grated Parmesan cheese

How to do it

1. Prepare the tomato sauce as per the recipe, including the red wine but omitting the onion

2. Wash and chop the spinach and wilt it in a dry hot wok pan or large skillet for a few minutes, adding a few pinches of ground nutmeg, and drain any excess water.

Wilted spinach

3. Beat the eggs in a medium-sized bowl and add the ricotta cheese, salt and pepper and mix till smooth. Add the spinach and mix.

4. Grease a large Pyrex lasagna pan.

5. Spread about 4-5 tablespoons of tomato sauce on the bottom of the dish, just barely covering the whole surface.

6. Arrange one layer of lasagna noodles on top of the sauce (make sure there are no spaces). Break up one of the noodles to fill any gaps.

7. Carefully spread half the ricotta mixture over the noodles, making sure the noodles don’t shift (use your fingers if you need to shift them back in place), and then spread one third of the tomato sauce on top of the ricotta. Sprinkle just under half of the mozzarella over the sauce.

8. Then another layer of noodles, the rest of the ricotta mixture and another one third of the tomato sauce, followed by most of the remaining mozzarella – leaving about half a cup for the top.

9. Add the last layer of noodles and cover with the rest of the tomato sauce. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and the Parmesan cheese evenly over the top.

Last sprinkling of cheese

10. Place the lasagna in a pre-heated 180°C (350°F) oven for 30-40 minutes (or until the cheese on top is golden – don’t let it burn).

This serves about 8.

Lasagna out of the oven

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