Thursday, April 2, 2009

spinach & kale lasagna

ok. i decided to take some time to make lasagna today so that i would have something other than snacks to eat. not that i don't love my snacking....but i think i should strive to be a bit healthier despite the work projects happening right now. the lasagna was actually a perfect thing to make because i could do small steps throughout the late morning in between working and answering emails.

i started with some fresh spinach and kale....



after prepping and chopping the kale....

i put it into a pot and simmered it in salted water for 20 minutes or so....

while that was cooking, i prepped the fresh ricotta and mixed in some freshly ground nutmeg, black pepper....


and a single egg....

then after mixing it all together,


i put it in the fridge. then i responded to email for a while until the kale was done. once the kale was done.....


i quickly blanched the baby spinach leaves in the hot water and then ran both the spinach and kale under cold water to cool it down so that i could add it to the ricotta mixture.

i split the ricotta mixture between the kale and spinach.



after that, everything assembled really quickly.....as i was using no boil whole wheat noodles, pre-shredded cheese, and a bottled jar of sauce (yes, i know....i'm using premade stuff here....oh well.)





once everything was assembled, i put it some foil on it....and put it into the oven for about an hour and a half....(it was great to smell this while i was working on my projects) then took the foil off and let it bake for another 25 minutes....


it came out quite pretty. i had forgotten just how easy this was. surprisingly, i haven't made this in a couple of years. i think it is probably because i'm trying to cook less with premade ingredients. yet, i do like making easy, hearty, and filling things like this as they usually make for great leftovers. i know i'll get at least four meals out of this.....and i could add a salad or another side to help mix it up each meal...but this definitely ensures that i'll be doing a bit more than snacking for the next couple of days. yum. yum.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am assuming that I back it at 350 degree oven?

I'm going to try it anyway. Thanks!

foodie hunter said...

yup. the oven was at 350 degrees.

Steph said...

wow I saw this a month ago and I'm finally going to make it. This looks really yummy. I think that the whole wheat pasta will go great with the ricotta mixture. I'll try it out this weekend! Thanks!

foodie hunter said...

hope it works out! thanks for the comment.