I actually made this dish over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend when Jamison’s family was here. I normally make a gluten free lasagna with meat for the guys (or more aptly Jamison who only wants sauce, meat, cheese and noodles in his lasagna) and a vegetable variation for the girls or for anyone other that Jamison who is interested. Jamison’s mom has developed an intolerance to tomato sauce so this let me be able to experiment with other options…And you know how I love to experiment!! ;oP
I often see recipes that call for spinach in lasagna and I have to admit I wasn’t all that thrilled with the idea. I usually don’t pair spinach and tomato sauce. I don’t know why, but I’m just not that big of a fan of the combo. But it did make me start thinking it might be interesting to make a lasagna using an Alfredo sauce in place of the tomato sauce and I really liked the result. If you’re a fan of spinach and Alfredo then this is the lasagna for you!
What You’ll Need:
1 large package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 bottle of your favorite Alfredo sauce (Note: I have yet to experiment with making my own. I plan to, but just never seem to get around to it. Just look for a good bottled version, but be careful…Some of them have high fructose corn syrup in them! Why??? Alfredo isn’t supposed to be sweet!)
Uncooked lasagna noodles (Note: I like these because they are the perfect length for an 8 X 8 inch dish without having to break them! But any lasagna noodles will work.)
Preheat oven to 375 F.
So basically you’re just doing you basic lasagna layering operation….
First spray or coat an 8 X 8 inch dish with non-stick spray or olive oil. Next add a layer of lasagna noodles. (Note: There is no need to cook them beforehand. They will cook as the lasagna does! The only time that I actually cook lasagna noodles is when the dish isn’t going to be baked immediately. Any type of lasagna noodle will cook while baking, the box doesn’t even have to say that they are “oven ready”!) Top with a thin layer of Alfredo sauce. Place a thin layer of spinach on top of the Alfredo and sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Repeat process until you run out of sauce/spinach or you reach the top of your baking dish. (Note: On the very top layer you just want mozzarella and Parmesan. Omit the spinach and Alfredo sauce.)
Cover your dish with a lid or foil and bake for 30 minutes or until noodles stick done. Remove cover for the last 5-10 minutes to let it brown slightly. Take the dish out of the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
Notes: It’s nearly impossible to get a decent picture of lasagna, but trust me this is delicious! You could also add in cooked onions and/or mushrooms along with the spinach if you liked. A layer of ricotta would be great too. I would add it directly to the noodles before the Alfredo layer.