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National Lasagna Day - Spinach Lasagna

Updated on August 18, 2014

29 luglio Festa Nazionale Lasagna!

Ok, maybe you don't speak Italian, but you don't have to know the language to love the food!

National Spinach Day is March 26th and National Lasagna Day is July 29th, but you can celebrate these saucy holidays any day of the year.

One of my favorite meals is spinach lasagna, but I don't make it as often as I like.  That was until I discovered easier methods of making this hearty meal.
 
Making a lasagna dish may seem like a lot work, but it doesn't have to be with the latest bakeware items.

Look at some of the newest baking pans, dishes and cookbooks along with my spinach lasagna recipe right here. 

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What does lasagna mean?

The Italian word lasagna can refer

to the type of pasta you use

for the meal,

and it also can refer to the layers.

Lasagna layers may contain vegetables, meat, cheese, and sauce.

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Lasagna Baking Pan - Lasagne teglia

Have you ever been in the mood for several different tastes, but didn't feel like an entire meal of just one thing?  Or maybe you feel like eating something your family doesn’t want.  I know this has happened to me so many times as a vegetarian. 

I love this pan.  With it I can make vegetarian and meat dishes without having to cook different times.  Usually I would have to wait for my meal while the other meat dishes were already done.  The 3 trays are the same size as most lasagna noodles, so I can make 3 different kinds of lasagna and please everyone.  You will love this pan for so many other things too.

Chicago Metallic Lasagna Trio Pan, 12-Inch by 15-Inch by 3-Inch (11-1/2-Inch by 2-1/2-Inch Cavities)
Chicago Metallic Lasagna Trio Pan, 12-Inch by 15-Inch by 3-Inch (11-1/2-Inch by 2-1/2-Inch Cavities)

Nonstick coated steel

Channels sized to fit standard lasagna noodles

Custom-fit spatula

Make up to 3 different recipes in one pan

Dishwasher safe

 

Chefs Prefer the All-Clad Lasagna Pan - Lo Chef preferisce la padella All-Clad lasagne

I know for a fact that Chefs do prefer All-Clad pans, and this is one that comes with a lid.  It's perfect for leftovers since you don't have to transfer the food into another dish.  Just cover it up and pop it in the refrigerator.

All-Clad 59946 Stainless Steel Lasagna Pan with Lid Specialty Cookware, 14.5 by 11.75 by 2.5-Inch, Silver
All-Clad 59946 Stainless Steel Lasagna Pan with Lid Specialty Cookware, 14.5 by 11.75 by 2.5-Inch, Silver

Features an 18/10 stainless steel interior and polished stainless exterior.

Dishwasher safe and does not react with foods.

Large, easy to grip handles for lifting from the oven

 

Perfect gifts for the new couple, great anniversary gift and for the budding chefs in your life.

CHEFS Essentials Deep Lasagna Pan
CHEFS Essentials Deep Lasagna Pan

Polished 18/10 stainless steel is rust-resistant

Hinged loop handles ensure easy cooking and safe lifting

Extra deep pan allows for multiple layers of food and no spillovers

Oven-safe to 600 F

Dishwasher-safe

 

Spinach Lasagna

Spinaci lasagne

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Photobucket by katelynsfood

Recipe by Favored1: www.squidoo.com/favored-1

Preheat Oven 425 degree

Baking Items:

mixing bowl

large spoon

lasagna pan or large baking dish

baking sheet

Optional: small foil loaf baking pans

cooking spray

Cook Time

Prep Time: Approx. 20 minutes

Total Time: Approx. 90 minutes

Serves: 10 people

Ingredients

  • 1 package 12 oz. oven ready lasagna noodles
  • 30 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp. each of these dried seasonings: basil
  • Oregano seasoning
  • Italian seasoning
  • Parsley seasoning
  • 10 oz. cooked chopped spinach (drained and squeezed)
  • ground black pepper
  • 30 oz. tomato sauce (approximately)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl combine ricotta cheese, eggs. herbs and pepper
  2. Add one cup of mozarella and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and mix well.
  3. Traditional Directions if you do it in a 9 x 13 pan
  4. - Use cooking spray on pan.
  5. - Spoon sauce in the bottom of pan
  6. - Layer the lasagna over sauce filling the bottom of the pan with one layer of noodles.
  7. - Spoon a layer of ricotta cheese mix over noodles.
  8. - Spoon thin layer of spinach over cheese mix.
  9. - Spoon sauce over it
  10. Note: Some people like to sprinkle cheese between layers. It's optional.
  11. - Add another layer of lasagna and repeat these steps 3 times or until noodles are gone.
  12. - Make sure you do not cover the top layer of noodles with cheese or spinach.
  13. - Cover top layer with sauce.
  14. - Sprinkle with remaining parmesan and mozarella.
  15. Place on a baking sheet.
  16. Cover with foil. Bake for 60 minutes or until you can cut it with a fork easily.
  17. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes to set. Do not remove foil until ready to cut.
  18. I like to use this method below so I can freeze mini lasagna meals for myself. Just thaw and re-heat. A great time saver.
  19. Using a Mini Loaf Foil Pan:
  20. - Spray pans with cooking spray.
  21. - Follow the same steps, but break the noodles so they fit in the pan.
  22. - Place 3 mini loaf pans on a baking sheet. Bake as directed.
  23. You may need to reduce cooking time.
  24. Serve with a salad and warm Italian Bread, Hot Rolls or Cheesy Bread.
  25. Lasagna recipe photo by Photobucket
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Step-by Step for Mini Spinach Lasagna - This is the one I make the most. Get directions for amounts and time from recipe.

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Mix the cheeses, eggs and seasonings together.Make sure spinach is well drained.  I smash it through a strainer first.  To save a step I mix it in the cheese mixture sometimes (most of the time).Spoon homemade sauce on the bottom of pans.  Ok, you don't have to make your own sauce.Spray pans first. Cover pan bottom with sauce. I already have them on a tray.  Be sure to put foil on the tray first as the lasagna will spill over.See the steps here: Sauce, noodle, cheese mix, sauce again, shredded cheese layersRepeat the steps again laying another noodle on top, etc.This took 3 layers (4 noodles) Cover and bake.Take off foil and check if it needs more time.  This took 8 minutes more uncovered.Label, Wrap and Ready to Freeze!
Mix the cheeses, eggs and seasonings together.
Mix the cheeses, eggs and seasonings together.
Make sure spinach is well drained.  I smash it through a strainer first.  To save a step I mix it in the cheese mixture sometimes (most of the time).
Make sure spinach is well drained. I smash it through a strainer first. To save a step I mix it in the cheese mixture sometimes (most of the time).
Spoon homemade sauce on the bottom of pans.  Ok, you don't have to make your own sauce.
Spoon homemade sauce on the bottom of pans. Ok, you don't have to make your own sauce.
Spray pans first. Cover pan bottom with sauce. I already have them on a tray.  Be sure to put foil on the tray first as the lasagna will spill over.
Spray pans first. Cover pan bottom with sauce. I already have them on a tray. Be sure to put foil on the tray first as the lasagna will spill over.
See the steps here: Sauce, noodle, cheese mix, sauce again, shredded cheese layers
See the steps here: Sauce, noodle, cheese mix, sauce again, shredded cheese layers
Repeat the steps again laying another noodle on top, etc.
Repeat the steps again laying another noodle on top, etc.
This took 3 layers (4 noodles) Cover and bake.
This took 3 layers (4 noodles) Cover and bake.
Take off foil and check if it needs more time.  This took 8 minutes more uncovered.
Take off foil and check if it needs more time. This took 8 minutes more uncovered.
Label, Wrap and Ready to Freeze!
Label, Wrap and Ready to Freeze!

Tray Lasagna

I used an 8x8 pan

Tray Spinach Lasagna - I made a smaller one because I didn't have enough noodles for the large dish after making the mini lasagnas.

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Spray pan. Put sauce on bottom and lay noodles side by side.  Break them to fit the dish.Add cheese mix, spinach (if you haven't mixed it in the cheese already) Add sauce, sprinkle shredded cheese on top.Next layer put the noodles the opposite way you put the first layer.  This helps the lasagna hold together when cutting. Repeat the steps above.Ready to bake.  Cover.  Put on foil covered baking sheet.I had some cheese left over so I used penne rigate noodles and spooned sauce over them.You can see I remembered to cover the tray this time.I freeze my leftover sauce in glass quart jars.  The batch usually makes 3-4 quarts.
Spray pan. Put sauce on bottom and lay noodles side by side.  Break them to fit the dish.
Spray pan. Put sauce on bottom and lay noodles side by side. Break them to fit the dish.
Add cheese mix, spinach (if you haven't mixed it in the cheese already) Add sauce, sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
Add cheese mix, spinach (if you haven't mixed it in the cheese already) Add sauce, sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
Next layer put the noodles the opposite way you put the first layer.  This helps the lasagna hold together when cutting. Repeat the steps above.
Next layer put the noodles the opposite way you put the first layer. This helps the lasagna hold together when cutting. Repeat the steps above.
Ready to bake.  Cover.  Put on foil covered baking sheet.
Ready to bake. Cover. Put on foil covered baking sheet.
I had some cheese left over so I used penne rigate noodles and spooned sauce over them.
I had some cheese left over so I used penne rigate noodles and spooned sauce over them.
You can see I remembered to cover the tray this time.
You can see I remembered to cover the tray this time.
I freeze my leftover sauce in glass quart jars.  The batch usually makes 3-4 quarts.
I freeze my leftover sauce in glass quart jars. The batch usually makes 3-4 quarts.

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Dress up any table with these beautiful baking dishes.  They go from oven to table, to frig to microwave.  No need to transfer remaining food.  Cook, serve, cover and store in the same dish.

Holiday Mini Foil Loaf Pans - Casa Vacanze Mini fogli pane Padelle

I use these mini baking pans literally for almost every meal I bake.  This way I am sure to have "ready" meals for myself in a pinch when time is really short.  All I need to do is take one out of the freezer and heat it up. That's good eating, without all the mess!

 They work great for my banana bread or cake recipes also.  This way I always have meals, cake or whatever ready for when company drops in or ready gifts just to give one away.

Holiday Foil Mini Loaf Pan with Lid - Case Pack 12 SKU-PAS634363
Holiday Foil Mini Loaf Pan with Lid - Case Pack 12 SKU-PAS634363

Make your dish in mini foil pans for freezing or giving to a shut-it.

 

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You can substitute the ricotta cheese with tofu or fat free cottage cheese.

Why not try Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups for a change? Take a look below.

Why not try Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups for a change? Take a look below.
Why not try Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups for a change? Take a look below.

Lasagna Roll-Ups (you have to cook the noodles for these recipes) - You can leave out meat if you want.

Spinach-Chorizo Lasagna Roll-Ups

Spinach Lasagna Rollups

Lasagna Roll-Ups

Veg Lasagna roll ups

Have any sauce left over? Try making pizza on Italian or French Bread

French Bread Pizza
French Bread or Flat Bread Pizza! Yum! It's quick, easy, filling and fun. Sure you can buy some pre-packaged French Bread Pizza, but it's not the same, nor d...

Quick Tip

Put the noodles the opposite way you put the first layer.

This helps the lasagna hold together when cutting.

Remember to put the noodles in the opposite direction each time you start a new layer.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @Tamara14: Love that pan myself. It works great for making several kinds of meals at the same time.

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      Tamara14 4 years ago

      Dio mio! Grazie! Now that trio pan is awesome, I saw it here for the very first time! I must get it for my kitchen since I have three huuuge lasagne lovers in the house. Well four actually i.e. me included when I'm not on a diet:) Than you for reminding me of some great alternatives to a standard recipe. Ciao!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @Merrci: Thanks Merry, I added your to mine too if that's OK :)

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I found it! And it's another National day too--how fun! I'm adding it. Hope that is ok.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I just ate dinner, but reading this makes me hungry again! And I love the trio lasagna pan - convenient for any casserole that you want to customize for different tastes.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      You have made my mouth water. Blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Spinach lasagna sounds very delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Jen withFlash 5 years ago

      I love lasagna!!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Yummy lens! I love to make and eat lasagna.

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      InternetTrekker1 5 years ago

      The recipe looks easy to make and i am getting hungry now :) great lens.very good information

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Excellent! I'm so glad you mentioned the roll-ups - John & I have also been making them! SO EASY!

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      Your lasagna recipe looks delicious. I love lasagna any day of the year.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Excellent lens on a wonderful food. Wish I could have some now. Blessed!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very yummy article! Makes me want some lasagna! Blessings. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Spinach Roll-Ups look delicious!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Sounds good, healthy and easy enough.

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