And finally I present to you my cheesy spinach lasagne.
Because I was at the chalet when I made this, I didn’t have the luxury of a fully-stocked supermarket close by so I made do with what was already available. I usually make this lasagne with ricotta cheese but that was not available so I used Philadelphia cream cheese which was still good but I highly recommend using ricotta cheese.
Making lasagne is quite easy and versatile. You don’t really need to follow a recipe or specific quantities, well only for the bechamel sauce. I make my lasagne with just different kinds of cheese and tomato sauce, with spinach and cheese and the traditional meat lasagne. You can even invent your own fillings!
When it’s time to assemble your lasagne make sure you have everything ready.
To make the spinach and cheese filling, I used frozen chopped spinach and put it directly in a saucepan on high heat to thaw and wait until all the liquid evaporates. Then season with some salt and pepper and I like to add some nutmeg. Take it off the heat and leave it to cool to room temperature. Then add the cream cheese. For two packets of frozen spinach, I use two ricotta pots or two Philadelphia cream cheese pots. Mix the spinach with the cheese well.
Next, prepare the bechamel sauce. I always make extra quantities just in case. To make the bechamel sauce, heat together 3 tablespoons butter with 3 tablespoons flour until melted. Add 2 cups of full cream milk. Mix together until the mixture becomes thick. Double the quantity if you are using a big dish. I doubled it for the dish I used.
To assemble, first cover the bottom of the baking dish with a ladle or two of bechamel sauce
Place a layer of pasta sheets in one direction then a layer of spinach and cheese filling.
Add another layer of pasta sheets in a different direction, bechamel sauce then more spinach and cheese filling.
Repeat layers, alternating the direction of the pasta sheets, until you finished all your filling and sauce and/or the dish is full. The last layer should be bechamel sauce. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 190-200 degrees Celsius.
If you would like the top to be golden, brush the top of the lasagne with a beaten egg.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and leave it to rest for 15-20 minutes and then enjoy!
**I’m going to Berlin tonight and will be staying there for the entire week. So no posting until next week…
yey lasagna…. looks yummy! =P
Try it out and let me know 🙂
Oh my! I do not like spinach that much but I want some of that!!! ye3t!
You should try it. It’s sooo good and so simple!
The best substitute for ricotta is cottage cheese, which is always available at any co-op. Both cheeses have the same consistency and are very low in salt. Next time try that!
Thanks for the tip! But I think I will always prefer ricotta over anything.