There’s something so hearty about a lasagne that makes it just perfect for this time of year. I love the traditional version but it is good to mix it up a bit sometimes. This cheesy green lasagne is a vegetarian alternative that is not only cheap but easy too.
Whilst this isn’t the healthiest dish in the world, it is a great way to get greens (spinach) into your kids, and some all-important iron into everyone’s diet.
Even though this is a time-consuming dish to make, most of that is taken up with the 40 minutes cooking time in the oven, and it’s actually pretty quick to prepare, especially for lasagne. No bolognese, no béchamel to make, meaning there is very little work for you to do 🙂 So kick back with an apéritif / do bath and bedtime for the kids while it’s cooking away.
You can serve the lasagne as is, or with a side salad as we did (see photo above).
- Spinach - 500g (fresh)
- Lasagne - 200g (sheets)
- Butter - 30g
- Cottage cheese - 400g
- Crème fraiche - 200ml
- Feta cheese - 200g
- Parmesan - 60g (grated)
- Garlic - 2 cloves (crushed)
- Nutmeg - 1/2 tsp (ground)
- Cook your spinach in a big saucepan with the lid on for 5 mn on a high heat stirring regularly
- Sieve the spinach well and mix it in the food processor
- Add the cottage cheese, crème fraiche, feta cheese, garlic and nutmeg to the food processor and mix well
- Layer the lasagne sheets and spinach mix in a roasting dish starting with the lasagne sheets and finishing with some spinach mix on top
- Cover with the grated parmesan and the butter cut into 2-3 slices
- Cook in the oven at 180ºC for about 40mn
Put your big saucepan onto a high heat. Put the oven on at full whack. Get your ingredients and your food processor with the blade on ready.
Wash your spinach well and put it in a big saucepan with the lid on. Cook for 5 minutes on a high heat stirring regularly. If your saucepan is not big enough you will have to do it in 2 goes.
Sieve the spinach for about a minute, put it in the food processor and mix it well.
Add the cottage cheese, crème fraiche, feta cheese, crushed garlic and nutmeg to the food processor. Season to taste and mix everything together well.
Layer the lasagne sheets and spinach mix in a roasting dish, starting with the lasagne sheets and finishing with some spinach mix. Make sure you cover the lasagne sheets as much as you can, so they don't dry out while cooking. Don't hesitate to use a spatula for this step for the best results.
Cover everything with the grated parmesan as evenly as possible. Cut the butter cut into 2-3 thick slices and put it on top of the parmesan.
Put the dish in the oven on a medium heat and cook at 180ºC for about 40mn or until it's brown.
- The feta cheese can be replaced by goat's cheese.
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