Now that I'm back in the kitchen I have been making some real comfort food. One of my favorites is vegetarian lasagna. Lately, we had been eating the boxed kind (yuck) because I hadn't been cooking but last night I whipped up a huge, fresh lasagna and it was divine! I threw this together in 1 hour. It is the perfect recipe if you are having anyone visit over the holiday season and need something that will suit everyone's taste and your budget.
Ingredients & Preparation: ("Recipe" is my own, but I just go by taste and experience)
Serves approx. 10 people
For the tomato sauce:
(you can use this one of this one if you prepare it ahead of time - http://betterthantakeout.blogspot.com/2008/08/basic-homemade-tomato-sauce.html)
- 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1-2 tsps herbs of your choice
- 1 large can of diced tomatoes
- 1 small can of tomato paste
- olive oil
For the Lasagna:
- 2 packages of fresh lasagna sheets, approx. 12 sheets that are 9 x 6 inches (or make your own)
- 1 container of ricotta
- 1 container of cottage cheese
- 1 egg
- approx. 2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
- salt & pepper to taste
- mozzarella or mixed cheeses, grated (approx. 340 grams)
Now take a large rectangular pan and start to layer your lasagna. Add some of the sauce at the bottom to avoid sticking. Then add 2 sheets of pasta (if your pan is the same size as mine then the sheets should fit perfectly, 2 side by side). Top with ricotta mixture so it covers the pasta and then add some of the spinach. Next layer is tomato sauce and a little mozzarella cheese. Make sure to reserve quite a lot of the cheese for the top layer. Continue with the layering alternating between ricotta/spinach and tomato sauce/cheese. The final layer will be the remainder of the tomato sauce and the rest of the cheese. You should have 6 layers.
Cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 mins. remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes. Let sit for about 5 minutes - then cut and serve! Best with Italian or French bread and a green salad.
Note: You will see in my photo I used parchment paper in my pan to reduce clean up. Don't do this. Big mistake on my part! It didn't ruin the meal at all but scooping out the lasagna = scooping up some bits of paper too.