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Make-Ahead Creamy Spinach Lasagna

make-ahead creamy spinach lasagna Entree
Make-Ahead Creamy Spinach Lasagna
  • Prep 50 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 8

Whether you have a dinner party on the horizon or just need to plan out a week’s worth of meals, this creamy, veggie-filled lasagna deserves a spot in your freezer. Its flavor is downright impressive, but only you need to know how simple it is to prepare! MORE+ LESS-

July 24, 2018

Ingredients

3
tablespoons butter
1/4
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
cups Progresso™ vegetable broth (from 32-oz carton)
1 1/2
cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/4
teaspoons salt
1/8
teaspoon ground nutmeg
1
tablespoon olive oil
2
packages (8 oz each) sliced mushrooms
3
cloves garlic, finely chopped
2
bags (5 oz each) baby spinach
1
container (15 oz) whole-milk ricotta cheese
3
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (12 oz)
3/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese (3 oz)
1
egg
1/4
teaspoon pepper
12
oven-ready no-boil lasagna noodles

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour with whisk; cook and stir 2 minutes. Slowly beat in broth, whipping cream, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt and the nutmeg with whisk. Increase heat to medium-high; heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Remove from heat.
  • 2
    In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add mushrooms; cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until browned and any liquid from mushrooms has evaporated. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Gradually add spinach, stirring constantly, and cook until wilted. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 1/4 cups of the cream sauce. Reserve remaining sauce.
  • 3
    In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, the Parmesan cheese, egg, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper.
  • 4
    To assemble: Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon 3/4 cup of the sauce into bottom of baking dish. Top with 3 of the lasagna noodles in single layer. Evenly top with 1 cup of the cheese filling and 1 1/3 cups of the spinach mixture. Repeat layers twice, starting with noodles and ending with spinach mixture. For final layer, top with 3 noodles; pour remaining 3/4 cup sauce over top, and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil; bake 20 minutes. Remove foil; bake 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through (165°F in center), bubbly and lightly browned. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.
  • 5
    To freeze: Line 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with foil, making sure foil is as smooth as possible, as wrinkled foil may get stuck in sauce during freezing process. Leave enough overhang to be able to lift assembled lasagna out of dish. Spray foil with cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate sauce and spinach mixture 30 to 40 minutes before making cheese filling and assembling lasagna. Stir 2 1/4 cups cream sauce into spinach mixture. Assemble lasagna in dish as directed; cover tightly with another layer of foil. Freeze unbaked lasagna about 8 hours or until completely frozen. Transfer frozen lasagna to labeled 2-gallon resealable freezer plastic bag. Remove air; seal and freeze up to three months. To bake: Remove foil, and transfer to 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Cover and thaw in refrigerator until completely thawed, at least 48 hours. Heat oven to 400°F. Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes; remove foil. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through (165°F in center), bubbly and lightly browned. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.

Expert Tips

  • We used white button mushrooms for this recipe, but if you want a stronger mushroom flavor, try cremini mushrooms.
  • Using oven-ready lasagna noodles saves time and steps in preparing this dish. You can find them with the other dried pastas in the supermarket.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
650
Calories from Fat
380
% Daily Value
Total Fat
42g
65%
Saturated Fat
25g
123%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
Cholesterol
150mg
49%
Sodium
1030mg
43%
Potassium
620mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate
38g
13%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
5g
Protein
30g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
100%
100%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
60%
60%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 6 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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