Weeknight/Worknight Lasagna

After the forgotten cheese, I was looking forward to lasagna all day. Seriously, all stinking day I was thinking about noodles layered with cheese, spinach, and sauce. And then my friend asked me to cover her scholastic bowl meet (Nerd Herd, as we call it) and the next thing I knew it was 4:30 and I hadn't even left my school building yet! By the time I stopped for the darn cheese, got home, washed the right pan, and actually got to cooking, I WAS RAVENOUS! Usually, lasagna is a labor of love. Lots of time is spent cooking spinach, pureeing cottage cheese and ricotta together with spices, making my own sauce... but tonight? Tonight, instead of being a long sordid love affair with layered pasta, it was a quickie. I made this lasagna so fast, I could hardly believe it!

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Work Night Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 box lasagna noodles (no-boil are NOT necessary, any noodles will work)
  • 1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 bag or frozen chopped spinach (bagged is important, NOT boxed!)
  • 1 container reduced fat ricotta cheese (14 oz)
  • 1 cup fat free cottage cheese
  • 1 package (2 cups-ish) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • about 1/2 c. to 1 c. water
Directions Pre-heat your oven to 350* F. In a mixing bowl, mix together the cheeses, spices, a handful of shredded parmesan cheese, 2 eggs, and the frozen spinach. Bagged frozen spinach is in lovely little clumps. These are important. Mix the cheese/spinach together well (no, you don't need to defrost the spinach!), and then layer in a 9x13 baking dish in this order: sauce, noodles, cheese mixture, shredded mozzarella, sauce, noodles...etc. End with noodles, then pour the remaining sauce on top of the noodles. Pour 1/2 to 1 c. water into the pan and cover tightly with foil. Bake until bubbly and the noodles are done, about 35-40 minutes. Remove the foil, top with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, and bake until browned, another 10 minutes. Allow to cool and slice into 12 slices. Enjoy!

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Ahh... that's better... finally. Lasagna. I feel like Garfield.

I didn't eat the whole pan though!

More chocolate is on the schedule for tonight, and so is some time with this beautiful face:

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17 Responses to Weeknight/Worknight Lasagna

  1. What a great, SIMPLE recipe!
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  2. I love lasagna, but don’t make it enough. This recipe looks easy and yummy! Love that you added spinach!

  3. Laura says:

    Wow, no boiling is necessary? Or am I interpreting that completely wrong? It’s been a long week. Great recipe Mara!

  4. I love the idea of putting spinach in lasagna….usually even spinach haters will eat it!

  5. brandi says:

    Um…I LOVE the idea of not having to defrost the spinach! Defrosting frozen spinach is one of my least favorite things.

    This sounds great, Mara!

  6. glidingcalm says:

    BOOKMARKED! 🙂

    I ADOREEEEEEEEEE LASAGNA!
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  7. “(no-boil are NOT necessary, any noodles will work)” Thank you for this! I try and explain to people that you really don’t have to do anything to the noodles and you don’t need special noodles but I just get the headtilt like I’m speaking a foreign language. Love this lasagna Mara and it’s on my menu for this week!
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  8. Love how fast this comes together! I’ve been working on quick ‘n easy recipes for busy, rushed work nights. Great recipe! I really like how you puree the cottage cheese with the ricotta… never would have thought to do that!

  9. I had no idea about not having to boil the noodles… I am totally trying that method next time!!!
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  10. Matt says:

    Looks great! I love me some cheese 🙂
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  11. Spinach, garlic and cheese OH MY! I love lasagna and just about any Italian dish out there! I hope you enjoyed some great garlic bread alongside your quick dinner!
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  12. omg i want that lasagna. like, now. can you ship? i’ll pay you back. 🙂

  13. Monica says:

    I’m absolutely going to be making this. I’ve got such a soft spot for lasagna!
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  14. I love lasagna. Love Love Love.
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  15. Candy says:

    Wow! I think even my carniverous husband and children will like this one. Yum!

  16. April says:

    Trying this tomorrow. I’ll tell you how it goes!

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