Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pesto-Spinach Lasagna


Pesto-Spinach Lasagna is one of my favorite Italian 
dinners. It's so fast and easy to make but tastes like 
you spent hours in the kitchen. I normally will make 
my own Alfredo but with the addition of a 1/2 cup of 
white wine the sauce does not taste like it came out of 
a jar.  You will be the only one in on the secret!  It's so
 good it would also make a wonderful meal for 
company or the holidays.

Feel free to add chicken if you like..........
You can also use the no-boil noodles and let it set 
overnight but be sure to cover it as airtight as you 
can to help the pesto not turn dark.



Pesto-Spinach Lasagna

(printable copy)


12 lasagna noodles
1 (15 oz) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 (7 oz) pesto (about 3/4 cup)
2 eggs
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and 
squeezed dry
1 jar (16 oz) Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup white wine 
3 cups shredded part skim mozzarella cheese 
2 tablespoons Italian seasoned bread crumbs.
*Optional mushroom topping
Fresh mushrooms, sliced
4 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, minced

Cook noodles according to package directions; 
drain.  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees.  
Coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  
In a large bowl combine ricotta, pesto, eggs, 
parmesan and spinach.  In another bowl combine 
alfredo sauce and white wine.  
Arrange 4 noodles overlapping slightly in the 
bottom of the baking dish.  Top with 1/2 of the 
ricotta mixture, 1 cup of mozzarella and 1/3 of 
sauce. 

Repeat with 4 noodles, remaining ricotta mixture, 
1 cup of mozzarella and 1/2 of remaining sauce.

Top with remaining 4 noodles, mozzarella and 
sauce.  
Sprinkle the breadcrumbs and bake for 45 minutes 
or until golden.  

Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 6-8

*Optional mushroom topping
Melt butter in a large skillet and add mushrooms 
and garlic.  Cook until cooked down and serve over
the lasagna.

To download a copy of this recipe click here.


I am seriously in love with this dish.........

38 comments:

  1. Hi there, following you from Totally tuesday!
    Hope you can stop by and follow me back!
    cheers!

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  2. YUMMY! I am now following you in return. Thanks for the follow. I am looking forward to your yummy looking ideas. Thanks, BJ from datssocute

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  3. Hi,

    Following you from To the Top Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Hope you will follow me too @ http://masalabowl.blogspot.com/2010/12/day-230-tuesday-blog-hop-to-top-tuesday.html

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  4. yummm!! new follower here from To the top tuesday! would love a follow back :)
    http://www.mommamaven.com

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  5. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog! ChicnSavvy Reviews!! Your blog is super fun makes me hungry hehe I am your newest GFC Follower!!

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  6. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. Following you back from To the Top blog hop. I will be trying some of your dishes.

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  7. Food blog? yes please. FOllowing. xx from Across the Pond

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  8. That looks delicious. I'm finally getting around to following you back from a blog hop. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

    PS Mom Reviews

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  9. Hello, Mika,

    Just ran a few pages of your blog and probably gained 10 pounds. I am retired, don't cook, and when I did I burned everything. My ineptness at cooking has been a topic on my blog. I raised my kids on Hamburger Helper. My cooking mantra has always been, "IF IT DOESN'T COOK IN LESS THAN 20 MINUTES I DON'T EAT IT!" Yes, there are wierdo's like me out there!

    Won't follow your blog as I do not believe in following something I am not going to read. However, your food DOES look delicious and I will pass this along to friends I know who love to cook (and I like them anyway).

    kt

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  10. Looks wonderful....now following you back!

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  11. drool.............hopping over to your wonderful blog to say hello. I hope you'll join me too. Hugs!

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  12. This looks SO YUMMY!! Thanks for stopping by Keeping Up With The Rheinlander's
    ~Melissa
    http://www.mnmrheinlander.blogspot.com
    http://www.twitter.com/MSRheinlander
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Keeping-Up-With-The-Rheinlanders/14249825580287

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  13. I love spinach and pesto so this sounds great to me! New follower from the hops. :)

    Alison

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  14. Thanks for the follow! Following you back!

    - Terri

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  15. Oh, that looks absolutely yummy! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am following you now. Have a great day and Happy Holidays.

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  16. Mika, I love what you write! I am truly interested. Thank you for following my blog.

    Sincerely,
    Luisa
    www.entreplou.blogspot.com

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  17. Hello from a former Okie! Thanks for the follow. Following you back!

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  18. Thanks for stopping by and following Showcase Sisters; we are following you back! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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  19. Hi there I'm a new follower and a total foodie! This one looks amazing. Found you through Moms review 4 you.

    http://pamperedpatty.blogspot.com/

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  20. Hopping over to leave a smile on your page. Happy Wednesday and Happy Holidays. Hugs, Katherine

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  21. Ooh, that looks delicious!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting - means so much!
    Can't wait to come back by here and check out your recipes (my internet's been a little off and on because of our weather). Thanks again and Merry Christmas :)
    Debbie

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  22. Hi there. Following from the Wednesday blog hops. Hope you can stop by and check out my blog! You should link up your recipe to my What's Cooking Wednesday linky! It looks yummy!

    Diane
    http://turning-the-clock-back.blogspot.com/2010/12/whats-cooking-wednesday-link-up-your_21.html

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  23. Hi thank you for following me- I am now following you. And I have to say YUMMY!! I am going to enjoy this blog. Thank you.
    Lisa K

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  24. Your recipes look so delicious! Thanks for stopping by Magical Mouse Schoolhouse! I am following you too :)

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  25. Oh Yummy !
    great sign ! You made me hungry !
    Merry Christmas !
    Hugs

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  26. I think I just found my new favorite food blog! Thanks Mika for following me at House of Collums! I'm your newest fan!

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  27. They looks o yummy-licious *drooling*! I'm your newest follower from the Midweek Mingle Hop. Happy to have found your blog!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Ria
    i heart pretty stuffs

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  28. Yummy!!

    Thanks for the follow!

    Happy Holidays from The Adventures of Mommy B!!

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  29. Thanks for following me! I am now following you back. Nice blog! :)

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  30. Hi! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog! Your blog is fantastic! I am following you back now.

    Blessings,
    Kristine

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  31. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am always intimiated by Italian food in the kitchen, but I will have to check this one out. :)

    xo,
    Casey
    www.blondebargainbabe.com

    PS- I am following you back from the blog hop!

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  32. My gosh, that looks divine! Thank you for stopping by! Lori - www.adayinmotherhood.com

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  33. Oh my, I am totally going to have to come back here to actually make some of these recipes!! These are some of the best-looking recipes I've seen in a long time!!

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  34. OMgosh! I am so happy you left me a blog follow comment and now I'm following yours. I am so tired of my old recipes and every one of yours looks like a winner. My goal this New Year is to try a new recipe or two every week. I'll be back often!

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  35. This looks really great Mika, thank you for posting! Happy holidays, love Maaike

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  36. Thanks for following, I am now following back! this lasagna looks delish! I made a lasanga last year that is my new favorite, with artichoke hearts and mushrooms. Let me know if you try making it... I'd love to hear how it turns out!

    http://beadeclectic.blogspot.com/2010/04/artichoke-and-mushroom-lasagna-with.html

    -Val

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