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Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna

Hello, welcome to Sunday Supper! Today I have a delicious alternative to red-sauce lasagna. This Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna is all veggie and instead of using a béchamel sauce-based version, we are using cream cheese and sour cream to get that creaminess. Another alternative, instead of using ricotta cheese, we are using cottage cheese, which give this lasagna extra creamy cheesiness. If you’re like me and can’t tolerate cream-based sauces super well, this could be a great alternative for you. Let’s get to it!

Maybe you’re like me, I can’t tolerate cream-based sauces and soups very well, but cheese or cultured dairy is just fine with my digestive system. That’s why this lasagna is perfect. The cream cheese and sour cream substitute for the béchamel sauce gives a rich creamy, saucy texture without the upset. The cottage cheese (instead of ricotta) is a nice alternative because it gives a similar ricotta flavor, but it adds to the creamy texture we are replicating with the cream cheese.

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Aside from measuring out the ingredients, to prep, we will drain a 14-ounce can of artichoke hearts and roughly chop them up into bits. Let the chopped artichoke hearts drain their excess liquid on a few paper towels. So we have sour cream, freshly grated mozzarella, cream cheese, freshly grated Parmesan, cottage cheese, spinach, one egg, flat lasagna noodles and our chopped artichoke hearts. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Sauté the Veggies

In a saucepan over medium-high heat pour in 1/4 cup olive oil and sauté the chopped artichoke hearts until they begin to brown around the edges, stir occasionally. About 10-15 minutes.

Once the artichoke hearts are looking brown in spots and have fallen apart further, add the spinach. Stir to wilt and combine the spinach. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Stir occasionally until the spinach is very wilted. About 3 minutes.

Transfer the artichoke and spinach to a large bowl. Let the mixture cool slightly.

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Meanwhile, prepare a kettle with water to boil. Lay the lasagna noodles in a rectangular baking dish. It’s ok if they are in layers and overlapping. When the water is boiling, pour it over the noodles and let the noodles slightly soften in the pan. Occasionally, use a fork to mix and separate the noodles to keep them from sticking together.

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Let the noodles sit in the hot water. Now turn your attention back to the spinach and artichoke mixture. Add the egg, cottage cheese and grated Parmesan to the spinach and artichoke mixture. Season with kosher salt and black pepper and mix to combine well. Set this aside and we can begin to build our Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna.

Build the Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna

This lasagna is for four, or two with leftovers. We are using an 8-inch square baking dish. We will use the sour cream as if it were the béchamel sauce, so spread a little sour cream in the bottom of the baking dish and sprinkle with a little ground nutmeg.

Now, pull a lasagna noodle from the pan of water and shake off the excess water. The noodles should be only slightly pliable, but not cooked through. Lay three lasagna noodles on top of the sour cream. Let the ends climb up the side of the baking dish.

Spread half of the artichoke mixture on the noodles in an even layer.

Lay down three more noodles, going in the opposite direction, letting the ends climb up the other side of the baking dish. Spread the remaining sour cream over the noodles in an even layer.

Now add a third layer of three noodles, letting the ends climb up the top side and the bottom side.

Now spread the remaining spinach and artichoke mixture in an even layer over the noodles.

Layer the last three noodles (we should four layers of three noodles) on top of the spinach artichoke mixture. Then top the noodles with slices of cream cheese. Sprinkle a little more nutmeg on the cream cheese slices. Top the cream cheese with the grated mozzarella.

Time to bake! Bake the lasagna, uncovered for about 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown, the sauce is bubbling at the edges and the exposed noodles are brown and crispy. Let the Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna cool and set for 20-30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna

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I know it’s hard to wait, but trust me, it’s worth the wait to get solid, manageable slices with visible layers.

This lasagna is really wonderful; the tang from the cream cheese and sour cream brightens the lasagna, feeling light rather than heavy with cream. Such great silky creaminess! The lasagna noodles are perfectly al dente, with great chewy texture on the inside and then there’s the crispy crunch of the baked exposed noodles.

Definitely give this recipe a try! it’s such a great take on Lasagna. If you want to try something a little more traditional, try Quick and Easy Lasagna for Two. Take care and be well! xo Kelly

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Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna

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Dinner, Main Course American
By Adapted from Eric Kim Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cooking Time: 20 Minutes (with 20-30 minutes cooling time) Total Time: ~1 Hour, 10 Minutes

A fresh take on a white lasagna with cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese; layered with a delicious spinach and artichoke mixture.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 (14-ounce) Can Artichoke Hearts, coarsely chopped and well drained
  • 1 (5-ounce) Package Baby Spinach
  • Kosher Salt and black pepper
  • 12 dry Lasagna Noodles (10 to 12 ounces)
  • 8 oz. Cottage Cheese (heaping ¾ cup)
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan (2 ounces)
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 8-oz. Cream Cheese, block cut into long slices
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 cup Grated Low-Moisture Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2

Let the chopped artichoke hearts drain their excess liquid on a few paper towels.

3

In a saucepan over medium-high heat pour in 1/4 cup olive oil and sauté the chopped artichoke hearts until they begin to brown around the edges, stir occasionally. About 10-15 minutes.

4

Once the artichoke hearts are looking brown in spots and have fallen apart further, add the spinach. Stir to wilt and combine the spinach. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Stir occasionally until the spinach is very wilted. About 3 minutes.

5

Transfer the artichoke and spinach to a large bowl. Let the mixture cool slightly.

6

Meanwhile, prepare a kettle with water to boil. Lay the lasagna noodles in a rectangular baking dish. It's ok if they are in layers and overlapping. When the water is boiling, pour it over the noodles and let the noodles slightly soften in the pan. Occasionally, use a fork to mix and separate the noodles to keep them from sticking together.

7

Let the noodles sit in the hot water. Now turn your attention back to the spinach and artichoke mixture. Add the egg, cottage cheese and grated Parmesan to the spinach and artichoke mixture. Season with kosher salt and black pepper and mix to combine well. Set this aside and we can begin to build our Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna.

8

Use an 8-inch square baking dish.

9

Spread a little sour cream in the bottom of the baking dish and sprinkle with a little ground nutmeg.

10

Now, pull a lasagna noodle from the pan of water and shake off the excess water. The noodles should be only slightly pliable, but not cooked through. Lay three lasagna noodles on top of the sour cream. Let the ends climb up the side of the baking dish.

11

Spread half of the artichoke mixture on the noodles in an even layer.

12

Lay down three more noodles, in the opposite direction, letting the ends climb up the other side of the baking dish. Spread the remaining sour cream over the noodles in an even layer.

13

Now add a third layer of three noodles, letting the ends climb up the top side and the bottom side.

14

Now spread the remaining spinach and artichoke mixture in an even layer over the noodles.

15

Layer the last three noodles (we should four layers of three noodles) on top of the spinach artichoke mixture. Then top the noodles with slices of cream cheese. Sprinkle a little more nutmeg on the cream cheese slices. Top the cream cheese with the grated mozzarella.

16

Bake the lasagna, uncovered for about 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown, the sauce is bubbling at the edges and the exposed noodles are brown and crispy. Let the Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna cool and set for 20-30 minutes before slicing and serving.

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2 Comments

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    Mari
    November 13, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Good Morning! That lasagna looks gorgeous, and would be perfect for a holiday brunch, or for any special occasion. With something that looks that good, a special occasion is any day ending in Y. You got two of my favorite veggies in there, so I will make this during the week. Today is oven cleaning day, so nothing good from my oven until tomorrow. Dana added pretty baby to her repertoire, and having been praised for a new word, refuses to repeat it. I don’t mind repeating something good, so I suspect I will be making this lovely lasagna a lot. Happy Sunday to all the Djalalis, Terry, and the tenacious trio. It’s freezing here tonight and tomorrow, so it probably will hit Georgia if it hasn’t already. Stay warm. ☃️

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      Kelly Djalali
      November 13, 2022 at 10:49 am

      Hi Mari, This lasagna is definitely worth repeating! How cute that Dana has a new phrase. Today is by far the chilliest day we’ve had so far this fall, so I suppose it’s time to move the heavier jackets to the front of the closet. Have a great day, xo Kelly

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