Spinach Ricotta Lasagna

FOR THE LASAGNA:

  • ¼ cups Butter
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, Chopped
  • 2 packages Chopped Frozen Spinach ( 10 Ounce Each) Thawed And Squeezed Dry.
  • 32 ounces, weight Ricotta
  • 2 whole Eggs, Slightly Beaten
  • ½ cups Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Mozzarella (shredded)
  • 1 package No Boil Lasagna Noodles, 9 Ounce Box (Barilla Is What I Use)

FOR THE QUICK TOMATO SAUCE:

  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic, Chopped
  • 1 can 28 Ounce Can, Ground Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 can 14.5 Can, Hunts Diced Tomatoes
  • ½ cups Chicken Broth Or Stock
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 pinch Pepper
  • 6 leaves Basil Leaves, Chopped

FOR THE WHITE SAUCE:

  • 1-¾ cup Whole Milk, Warmed
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 dash Salt

To make the filling:

In a skillet over medium/high heat melt butter. Add onion and cook until until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Don’t burn garlic! Add the drained spinach and cook with onion and garlic for a couple of minutes to incorporate the flavors. Remove from heat, set aside and cool to room temperature.

In separate bowl, combine ricotta, eggs, Parmesan cheese and 1 teaspoon of salt.

When spinach is cooled, combine with the ricotta mixture, mix well.

For the assembly:

In a 9×13 pan: Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on bottom of pan. Cover pan with one layer of noodles. I use three noodles laying side by side (the space in between the noodles will fill in once it’s cooked).

Cover noodles with 1/3 of spinach filling. Spread evenly. Spread the top of that with more tomato sauce (about 3/4 cup) and 1/2 cup of cream sauce. Sprinkle 1/3 of the Parmesan cheese.

Add another layer of noodles. Repeat these layers two more times until you have three layers. The top layer will be noodles topped with tomato sauce and sprinkled with mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350 F for about 30-45 minutes until bubbly. Remove it from the oven and allow it to set up for a few minutes. It’s best if it sits at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before serving.

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