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Spinach Lasagna Recipe
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Spinach Lasagna Recipe

For the white sauce:
3 T. butter
3 T. all-purpose flour
2 1/2 C. milk, heated
1/8 t. ground nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

For the spinach layer:
1 T. olive oil
1 C. diced onion
1 C. carrots, cut in small dice
2 (10 oz.) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and water squeezed out
1 lb. part-skim ricotta cheese
8 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1 t. Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
9 lasagna noodles (about 1/2 pound), cooked according to package directions
2 C. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)

For the white sauce:
In a medium saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and stir with a wire whisk for 1 minute. Gradually stir in the hot milk. Increase the heat to medium-high, cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens and comes to a boil. Lower the heat and cook, whisking occasionally, for 5 minutes. Whisk in nutmeg, salt, and pepper, then remove from the heat and set aside.

For the spinach layer:
In a large nonstick skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and carrots, and saute until the onion is softened, 4 to 5 minutes. In a large bowl combine the spinach, ricotta, onion mixture, 1/3 cup white sauce, 4 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Spread about 1/2 cup of the white sauce in a thin layer over the bottom of a greased 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish. Arrange 3 strips of lasagna on top and cover with about 2/3 of the spinach mixture and 3 more strips of pasta. Cover with the remaining spinach mixture and about half the remaining white sauce. Top with the remaining noodles and white sauce. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and the remaining 4 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and increase the oven temperature to 400F. Bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until the top is nicely browned and the lasagna is bubbling hot. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 6 or more.

    

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