I sometimes prefer to have an all-Vegetarian meal, and that doesn’t mean that I have to give up on the things I love. I actually made this recipe years back because my sister-in-law was vegetarian and I was making Lasagna but she couldn’t eat it, so I decided to go ahead and see what I could whip up for her and I looked in the fridge and these were the vegetables that I had and that is what I used, it turned out great and every now and then I like to make it again, even for myself.
It’s very nutritious and doesn’t leave you feeling too full or guilty. Lasagna is delicious done pretty much anyway as long as you put some love and good flavors in it. I think that these vegetables are very good for the lasagna because the Spinach and Mushrooms are very moist s it helps the lasagna to not turn out dry.
1 lb. Spinach*
½ lb. Mushrooms sliced
½ lb. Artichokes quartered*
1 Garlic clove
3 tbsp. olive oil
Salt to taste
For the Besciamella:
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup white flour
1 cup of milk (I use non-fat)
1/2 cup of water
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lb. mozzarella shredded or diced
1/2 cup parmiggiano shredded
500 gr. spinach lasagna*
In a large pan heat up your olive oil, then add your chopped up garlic, allow getting golden; and then adding your mushrooms, spinach and artichokes. Once they have all sautéed add some salt to taste and turn off heat and start your besciamella.
In a 13 by 9-inch baking dish, spread some of the sautéed vegetables; arrange pasta sheets side by side until the bottom of the pan is fully covered. Evenly spread a layer of your besciamella sauce, and a layer of the mozzarella. Arrange another layer of pasta sheets and spread a layer of the sautéed vegetables. Arrange another layer of the pasta sheets and add another layer of besciamella sauce, and then a layer of the mozzarella. Arrange another layer of the pasta sheets and spread another layer of the sautéed vegetables, add all the rest of the beciamella and parmiggiano evenly over the sautéed vegetables. (You may add another layer depending on how deep your pan is, or you can leave it like this just remember the final layer has to be the vegetables, besciamella and Parmiggiano.)
Cover the lasagna with some aluminum and place in the middle rack of the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, until top is bubbling. Remove the aluminum and bake for another 15 minutes, you may now remove from oven and let sit for about 15 minutes. Then you may serve.
* Spinach: You may use fresh spinach or frozen, if frozen allow to drain and defrost.
* Artichokes: You may use canned (in water only) or frozen forllow same procedure as spinach of frozen.
* Lasagna sheets: I use spinach lasagna but you may use regular.