Christmas dinner includes lasagna in our family. It can be traditional or meat sauced or veggie filled. This year it is white lasagna with spinach. One of our favorites and it melts in your mouth. For a holiday effect, decorate the top just before serving with chopped fresh tomato and chopped parsley.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all my readers. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.
For the white sauce
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
Salt & Pepper
In a medium saucepan melt butter over moderately low heat. Stir in flour and cook the roux, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add milk in a steady stream and bring mixture to a boil, whisking until thick and smooth.
Add salt and pepper to taste and simmer sauce over low heat, whisking occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until thickened. Transfer sauce to a bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap.
32 oz whole milk ricotta cheese
1-10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, plus extra for garnish
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 lb.mozzarella cheese, sliced thin
White sauce, recipe above
12 parboiled spinach or plain lasagna noodles, fresh noodles if possible are best
Mix the ricotta with the spinach and the remaining filling ingredients together until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to assemble the lasagna.
Completing the Lasagna
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Oil a 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish.
Spread about 1 cup of sauce on the bottom of the dish and place a layer of noodles on top.
Spread one-third of the sliced mozzarella cheese on top of the pasta and then one-third of the ricotta cheese mixture over the mozzarella; top with another 1 cup of sauce.
Repeat the layers twice, then top with a layer of noodles. Spread 1 cup of sauce over the top layer of pasta.
Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 15 minutes longer. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting. Sprinkle the top with extra parsley for added color.
December 22, 2016 at 5:25 pm
This sounds amazing! Hope you have a great holiday and enjoy it surrounded by those you love!
December 22, 2016 at 6:08 pm
Wishing you a very happy holiday.
December 22, 2016 at 9:41 pm
We are having Lasagna on Christmas Eve our self!
December 23, 2016 at 9:32 am
Wonderful. Merry Christmas
Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
December 23, 2016 at 5:57 am
Sounds like we are going to be busy. My daughter-in-law made spinach ravioli for Christmas Eve — they are hosting this year. We are taking the dry-aged standing rib roast (we are cooking it there) glazed Brussel sprouts with bacon, Italian Cream cake ( my daughter-in-law’s request) and Heavenly Homemade Irish cream. Christmas morning I’m making our Italian Sausage Breakfast Casserole.
Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas with family. And if you’re traveling — be safe!
December 23, 2016 at 9:33 am
Sounds wonderful. Have a wonderful holiday.
December 23, 2016 at 3:37 pm
When my father in law was alive, lasagna was always a first course at the Christmas table. Enjoy your holiday meal.
December 23, 2016 at 7:50 pm
Merry Christmas Karen
December 23, 2016 at 4:47 pm
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM Looks good. Merry Christmas Jovina and all the very best to you in 2017! XO
December 23, 2016 at 7:51 pm
Merry Christmas Wendie
December 24, 2016 at 8:39 am
All the best to you and your family Jovina….Merry Christmas!
December 24, 2016 at 8:06 am
Sounds super delish, Jovina, but can you use fresh baby spinach instead of the frozen?
December 24, 2016 at 9:29 am
Sure can, thanks Mary Frances.