Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Recipe / Alfredo Lasagna


I live my life with basically one rule: the more cheese, the better. I happen to believe that cheese, above all else, is the key to happiness. It's what makes the world go round. (Actually, the same can be said for cupcakes. But that's, as they say in The Wizard of Oz, a horse of a different color.) This year at Christmas, my Mom decided to go with lasagna for our main dish. However, given that my aunt and I don't eat anything with a face, I was tasked with creating the vegetarian lasagna. Now, I could have gone with the typical vegetarian lasagna- heavy on the vegetables, heavy on the BORING. Instead, I opted for quite possibly the most delicious, unhealthy lasagna known to man: alfredo lasagna. OMG YUM. It was such a hit, Megan & I recreated it for dinner once we were back in LA. I'm kind of obsessed with this dish. So easy, and so yummy.


ingredients:
- 1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach
- 29 ounces Alfredo-style pasta sauce (we used Classico)
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1 (8 oz) package lasagna noodles
- 1 pint part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

optional:
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 (12 oz) jar of artichoke hearts, diced
- 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced

directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x13 inch lasagna pan with cooking spray.
2. Place the spinach in a medium bowl. Microwave, uncovered on high for 4 minutes. Mix in ricotta. Beat the egg with a wire whisk, and add it to the spinach and ricotta. Stir well to blend.
3. Combine pasta sauce with milk in a medium bowl. Mix well.
4. Spread about 1/2 cup pasta sauce mixture evenly in the bottom of the dish. Place 3 uncooked noodles over the sauce. (Weird but it works.) Spread half of the spinach mixture over the noodles. Sprinkle with half of the (optional) vegetables. Sprinkle with a layer of mozzarella cheese to coat. Place 3 more noodles over the vegetable mixture. Pour 1 1/2 cups sauce over the noodles. Spread the remaining spinach mixture over the sauce, followed by layers of the remaining vegetable mixture and a layer of mozzarella cheese. Place 3 more noodles over the cheese. Pour remaining sauce evenly on top. Sprinkle with a layer of mozzarella cheese. (Obviously, the more cheese, the better.) Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil, spray side down.
5. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Remove aluminum foil. Turn the oven off and place the uncovered dish back into the warm oven for 15 more minutes.
6. Serve & enjoy :)

Original recipe (Adapted)

10 comments:

  1. I'm not a vegetarian but I've been trying to eat a lot healthier and more ingredient conscious. Lasagna is a holiday staple in my house so I have to show this to my Mom! This would be a great change! It looks so yummy! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  2. Omg I have made this before and it is so so amazing!! Heavenly! Thank you for reminding me, it's been awhile since I have made it so it could quite possibly be on the menu for this week!

    xo, Courtney
    shabbyloveschic

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  3. What the world - this sounds amazing! Adding this to my "must make this now" list

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  4. Oh my god, this looks amazing... And cheese does make the world go round... I really miss pasta since having to go gluten-free and I am determined to learn to make my own (the grocery store GF is so unhealthy!).

    Christen
    an unordinary hello

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  5. OHmygod this looks so delicious! Must try!

    ♥Brooke
    http://youreinbrookelynn.blogspot.com/

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  6. i've never made homemade lasagna, but i'm becoming a big fan of alfredo over red sauce and i like to try new recipes :) ps, you're completely 100% right about cheese.

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  7. I ADORE lasagne. I'm a face eater (wow that sounds weird...) but I do love vegetarian dishes. And cheese. Definitely trying this!

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  8. blarghalarghadkafjdsf. Basically my feelings while looking at these pictures!!! Sounds SO SO SO good. It actually reminds me of an omelet I had at this vegetarian diner last week - filling was ricotta cheese, spinach, and caramelized onions. holy what?!?!?! I'm not a vegetarian myself but I give you guys major snaps (plus I lived with two vegetarians and a vegan...that was fun.) and can't wait to see more of your recipes!!!

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  9. These look stunning - I want to eat it now! I just discovered your blog and really, really like it - keep up the good work!

    Have a lovely day,

    -Kati

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  10. hey girl hey! I'm going to attempt this whenever I get my ass up and to the grocery store. fuck how about next time you make it, invite me over yea?

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