The Best Ever Artichoke Spinach Lasagna
This recipe is completely vegetarian, so it's a great option for those looking for a great vegetable main dish.
Everyone loves lasagna! It's a popular dish in just about every household and spinach is definitely not a new addition. These two items go perfectly together.
But there's no comparison when adding yet another great ingredient to really take this common dish to new heights. Along with garlic and olive oil, you'll feel like you're splurging on some great spinach artichoke dip, and you'll be treating your body to a healthy smorgasbord of vitamins and nutrients to boot.
I promise you'll never forgive yourself for not discovering this great dish earlier!
I have learned a great deal about some new vegetables lately and have been pleasantly surprised by the health benefits in artichokes. I have to admit that it was a stretch trying something new, and it took me a couple of times to get used to them, but now I love artichokes.
Every time we go to the grocery store, if I can help it, we now have at least one artichoke in our basket. (Health Benefits of Artichokes)
With us trying to start a new family, it's important for both of us to be at our healthiest, especially me. This is definitely a new recipe on our regular dinner list.
- 1 (16 count) box lasagna noodles
- 1 large yellow onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 (14.5oz) can vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
- 1 (14oz) can artichoke hearts
- 2 bunches fresh spinach, (frozen is okay too)
- 1 (28oz) jar spaghetti sauce
- 3 cups mozzarella cheese
- 1 (4oz) package herb and garlic feta
- 1 large tub ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon fresh oregano
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish generously with cooking spray.
- Boil lasagna noodles according to the box directions.
- In the meantime, chop your onion and garlic finely, or simply pop them into your food processor.
- Saute the onion and garlic in a large saute pan on medium high heat until soft and cooked thoroughly.
- Chop up your fresh parsley until fine.
- Heat your saute pan to boiling and add in your vegetable broth and chopped rosemary. Mix everything together well.
- Chop up your can of artichoke hearts, sans the liquid, and your fresh spinach. You can also chop these in the food processor, but leave pretty big chunks.
- Immediately stir in your artichoke hearts and spinach into the mixture. Mix well, lower heat, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until the spinach is slightly wilted.
- Finally, stir in pasta sauce and take off of the heat. Mix in well.
- When your lasagna noodles are finished (not thoroughly cooked through), drain them and then lay them out flat on a piece of wax paper for later. If you use a towel or the counter, your noodles will stick and give you plenty of trouble when it's time to use them.
- Pour your feta cheese, ricotta cheese and fresh oregano into a large bowl and mix together well.
- Now it's time to create your lasagna!
- Line the bottom of your pan with a little bit of the vegetable mixture, just so the noodles won't stick.
- Next, lay out one layer of lasagna noodles.
- On top of the noodles, spread out a thin layer of your cheese mixture, and then another layer of lasagna noodles.
- Spread a layer of vegetable mixture across the top, then another layer of lasagna noodles.
- Continue layering with cheese, noodles, vegetables, noodles, until you run out of ingredients. Try and finish with the vegetable mixture.
- Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese across the top to finish.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes.
- Then remove the cover and bake for an additional 15 to let the top brown.
- And voila! Yummy! Yummy!
|Serving size: 1/8 square of large casserole dish|
|Calories from Fat||126|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 14 g||22%|
|Saturated fat 7 g||35%|
|Carbohydrates 22 g||7%|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 14 g||28%|
|Cholesterol 49 mg||16%|
|Sodium 755 mg||31%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
I love vegetables, so I thought this dish was amazing. I'm fact, I also tossed cauliflower into mine to beef it up even more. You can add it to the cheese layer easily, and my husband didn't even know it was in there, although he had to get past the spinach and artichoke to enjoy this dish.
So I learned that to make this dude friendly, you might have to add sausage, which gives it an amazing taste, even even some hamburger or shredded chicken. This at least gives them a good reason to eat it.
For an easier and quicker meal, buy the ready to use lasagna noodles and you won't have to boil them first. You can also switch out the cheeses and/or use more pasta sauce in your recipe. I always say make it your own. Don't fear switching up ingredients, or adding your own, to make it a recipe your family will love.