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Olive Garden Lasagna Florentine

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I took the Olive Garden recipe and added beef and sausage. Instead of adding the marinara sauce at the end I incorporated the meat with the sauce and added it to every layer. I also used the oven ready lasagna noodles, so no boiling required.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound Fresh spinach
  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 pound Fresh mushrooms -- chop coarse
  • 1 cup Onion -- chopped
  • 10 milliliters Garlic -- minced
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 3 cups Ricotta cheese
  • 1 2/3 cups Parmesan cheese -- divide
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 16 Lasagna noodles
  • 4 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese -- shredded
  • 2 jars Mariana sauce and 1jar tomato-Cream sauce as desired
  • Extra Parmesan cheese

Details

Preparation

Step 1

Steam spinach until tender; press out excess moisture and chop coarsely. Chop mushrooms and onions and mince garlic over medium-high heat until onions are tender; drain excess liquid and cool. Cook hamburger and sausage then drain, add to marinara and tomato cream sauce, set aside. Mix ricotta cheese, 2/3 cup Parmesan, egg, salt, pepper, basil and oregano in large bowl. Add cooled spinach and mushroom-onion mixture and mix on low speed until just blended. Cook lasagna according to package directions; rinse under cool water and drain thoroughly.

Spread light layer of marinara sauce mixture on the bottom of a 9x13" pan. Place four lasagna strips on top of the mixture overlapping slightly. Top with 2 c of spinach filling, then the marinara. Sauce mixture.

Sprinkle with 1-1/2 c shredded cheese and 1/3 c Parmesan. Repeat layering two more times, cover tightly with foil. Preheat oven to 350°F and bake, covered, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and keep warm at least 30 minutes before cutting. Top with extra Parmesan cheese. (Can be refrigerated a day in advance of baking if desired.)

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