A few days ago I made some homemade mozzarella and ricotta. Since these cheeses are best used while they are fresh I decided to make another one of our favorite lasagnas, pesto-spinach. I adapted a recipe I found on the epicurious.com web site. I made two small 8×8 lasagnas so I could freeze one. They freeze beautifully.
First make a white sauce:
2 Tbsp butter
¼ cup flour
2 ½ cups dry white wine
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk for one minute. Add milk and wine and whisk until smooth. Cook until the sauce thickens and comes to a boil, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Whisk in Parmesan cheese and salt.
For the spinach:
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cup chopped onions
4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2-10 oz packages of frozen spinach, drained well
Heat the oil in a separate pan. Add onions and garlic.
Saute onions and garlic.
Sauté until the onions are soft, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach stir until well mixed. Mix in 1 ½ cups of the white sauce.
Add spinach to onions and garlic.
For the lasagna:
28 oz of fresh ricotta cheese
Fresh homemade ricotta
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 large egg
2 cups fresh mozzarella cheese
Fresh homemade mozzarella
Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9x2 inch-baking dish (or use two 8×8 pans).
Mix ricotta and Parmesan together. Mix in egg.
Spread ½ cup white sauce thinly over the bottom of the dish. Spread half of the spinach mixture over and sprinkle with1/3 of the mozzarella. Top with noodles and half of the ricotta mixture. Sprinkle half of the pesto mixture evenly over the ricotta. Continue layering with noodles, remaining spinach mixture, 1/3 cup mozzarella, noodles, remaining ricotta mixture and then remaining pesto. Top with the last noodles. Spread remaining white sauce over the top, sprinkle with mozzarella. Cover the dish with a piece of buttered foil.
Bake lasagna until heated through and bubbling at the edges, about 50 minutes. Remove from oven and remove the foil.
Remove foil. Broil lasagna until top is browned in spots, turning dish occasionally for even browning, about 4 minutes. Let stand a few minutes to set up.
Serve and enjoy.
Pesto Spinach Lasagna
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