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Five Cheese and Spinach Lasagna
Five cheese and spinach lasagna
I normally steer away from what I think are Alfredo-type sauces. I hate Alfredo, gross. This recipe though, is not like that at all. My husband was reluctant to eat it for the same reasons and was pleasantly surprised.
Try to make it as written before you substitute as these cheese flavors really compliment each other and skipping one just wouldn’t be the same. If you are in a pinch, go ahead and substitute. It’s only lasagna, not a big life decision.
This recipe serves 10 if doubled. I have scaled the recipe for 5 servings. Adjust up if you want a big 9×13 pan full.
- 1/2 cup
Greyerecheese (finely shredded)
- 1 ounce Parmesan cheese (finely shredded)
- 8 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon parsley (substitute dried / but fresh is nicer)
- 1 1/2 tablespoon unsalted European butter (less water content)
- 1 small yellow onion (finely chopped)
- 2 garlic cloves (pressed or finely minced)
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 cup baby spinach (stems trimmed)
- 8 no-boil lasagna noodles (1/2 package)
- 4 ounces Fontina cheese (finely shredded)
- 1/3 cup Gorgonzola cheese (crumbled)
Prep (mise en place)
Here is some Motherly Advice, prepare all of your ingredients into containers or prep bowls. There is a point where you need to stir continuously and you can’t shred cheese at the same time.
Prepping ahead of time makes preparing this recipe seamless. The French do this in their kitchens and call it “mise en place”. This means prepare everything in advance and have it ready. Cheese shredded, vegetables chopped, garlic pressed, spices measured and milk and broth measured.
You will thank me later.
Ok, let’s get started with the Five Cheese and Spinach Lasagna
- In a medium bowl combine your ricotta, egg, pepper and mix well. In a small bowl place half of the Parmesan and all of the Gruyere, set aside.
- Melt your butter over medium heat in a saucepan until it is bubbling. Add your onion and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes (don’t let them brown), add the pressed garlic and swirl around the pan for about 30 seconds.
- Meanwhile, heat up your milk and chicken broth in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes. I keep them in the same container.
- This is where you will make a roux. Slowly add your flour into the butter/onion mixture while whisking until a tan ball forms.
- Turn your stove up to medium-high and gently add in your Bay leaf, milk and chicken broth while whisking. Whisk until it looks silky and is at a rolling boil.
- Leave this on the stove and turn the heat down to medium-low for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, discard Bay leaf, and add 1/4 cup of the sauce into the ricotta mixture. Stir it in.
- While the roux is cooking, heat up enough water to cover the lasagna noodles in a large pan. Once it is boiling turn it off and remove the water from the stove. Add the noodles and stir so that they don’t stick together.
- Leave the noodles in the water for 10 minutes. Remove to a clean dishtowel or paper towel and pat dry.
- While your noodles are in the water, clean up some of the kitchen!
- For this size recipe, I use a 9×9 glass baking dish, if you are doubling, use a 9×13 inch. Spray your baking dish lightly with cooking oil and also spray a piece of foil to cover the dish.
- Pour 1/4 cup of the cheese sauce in the bottom and spread it around.
- Layer the lasagna noodles in one layer. Next add the ricotta mixture and spread around. Sprinkle some Fontina and add a layer of spinach leaves. Next is the cheese sauce and repeat until complete.
- On the top sprinkle the rest of the Fontina, Parmesan, and all of the Gorgonzola.
- Place in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and turn on the broiler for 3-5 minutes until it just starts to brown.
- Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.
- Serve with a nice light salad or vegetable, this is a heavy dish.
Kitchen Tools Used:
- Prep bowls by The Pampered Chef
- Batter bowl by The Pampered Chef
- Stainless bowl by The Pampered Chef
- Measuring spoons by The Pampered Chef
- Silicone whisk by The Pampered Chef
- Non-stick cookware by The Pampered Chef