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Meatless Spinach Lasagna

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 65 min. + standing

Makes

12 servings

This rich and cheesy crowd-pleaser is golden-topped and makes any gathering special. “It's comforting and hearty and so make-ahead convenient. I've even made it a week before, frozen it, then reheated the day guests arrive. It's yummy with a loaf of crusty bread and salad.” Barbara Carlucci - Orange Park, Florida

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3-3/4 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 cartons (15 ounces each) ricotta cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 12 no-cook lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add creams. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, spinach, carrot and remaining Parmesan cheese.
  3. Spread 3/4 cup sauce mixture in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with four noodles (noodles will overlap slightly), half of the ricotta mixture, 1 cup sauce and 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles, sauce and mozzarella cheese. Combine bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over lasagna (dish will be full).
  4. Cover and bake at 375° for 55 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 503 calories, 33g fat (21g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 431mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.

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