Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

Serves 8 351 Calories

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servings

Ingredients

  • Tomato sauce (or substitute 2 cups prepared marinara sauce)

  • 1

    can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes

  • 1/4

    cup roughly chopped fresh basil

  • 2

    tablespoons olive oil

  • 2

    garlic cloves, pressed or minced

  • 1/2

    teaspoon salt

  • 1/4

    teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • Spinach artichoke mixture

  • 2

    cups (16 ounces) low fat cottage cheese

  • 2

    tablespoons olive oil

  • 1

    cup chopped red onion (about 1 smallish red onion)

  • 1/4

    teaspoon salt

  • 4

    cloves garlic, pressed or minced

  • 1

    cup jarred or defrosted frozen artichokes, drained (simply omit for a classic spinach lasagna), quartered if necessary

  • 12

    ounces baby spinach, preferably organic

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Remaining lasagna ingredients

  • 9

    DeLallo organic whole-wheat no-boil lasagna noodles

  • 2

    cups (5 ounces) shredded fontina cheese or low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella

  • Garnish: sprinkling of additional chopped fresh basil

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. To prepare the tomato sauce, first pour the tomatoes into a mesh sieve and let then drain off excess juice for a minute. Transfer drained tomatoes to the bowl of a food processor. Add the basil, olive oil, garlic salt and pepper flakes. Pulse mixture about 10 times, until the tomatoes have broken down to an easily spreadable consistency. Pour the mixture into a bow for later. You should have about 2 cups 2. Rinse out the food processor and return to the machine. Pour half of the cottage cheese (1 cup) into the processor and blend it until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to large mixing bowl. No need to rinse out the bow of the food processor, you'll need it later. 3. Warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering add the chopped onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook stirring often, until the onion is tender and translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 minutes. 4. Add the artichoke to the skillet, then add a few large handfuls of spinach. Cook, stirring and tossing frequently, until the spinach has wilted. Repeat with remaining spinach. Continue cooking for about 12 minutes, stirring frequently, until the spinach has dramatically reduce in volume and very little moisture remains in the bottom of the pan. 5. Transfer the spinach artichoke mixture to the bowl of the food processor and pulse until the contents are finely chopped (but not pureed) about 12 to 15 times. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of whipped cottage cheese. Top with remaining cottage cheese and mix well. Season to taste with salt and peper. Now it's lasagna assembly time. 6. Spread 1/2 cup tomato sauce evenly over the bottom of pan. Layer three lasagna noodles on top. Spread half of the spinach mixture evenly over the noodles Top with 1/2 cup tomato sauce, then sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded cheese on top. 7. Top with three more noodles, followed by the remaining spinach mixture. Sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded cheese on top. (We're skipping the tomato sauce in this layer.) Top with three more noodles, then spread the remaining tomato sauce over the top so the noodles are evenly covered. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup shredded cheese. 8. Cover tightly with foil. Bake covered for 18 minutes, then remove the cover, rotate the pan by 180 degrees and continue cooking for about 12 minutes until the top is turning spotty brown. Remove from oven and let the lasagna cool for 15 minutes before sprinkling with chopped basil and slicing.

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