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Healthy Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna recipe

December 24th, 2010  |  Published in Entertaining, Main Course Recipes, Pasta Recipes, Recipes, Vegetarian  |  3 Comments

Healthy Mushroom Spinach Lasagna, photo N. Barisof

Think of this as an antidote to all of the holiday-themed recipes being posted right now. And HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

I whipped this up (well, maybe not whipped) as my contribution to an all-girl potluck supper Sunday night. Someone requested that I make a “healthy” mushroom lasagna and I thought, Shoot, I can just throw that together, no problem. It turned out that in the 20 years since my last pan of lasagna, I’d forgotten just how many steps are required for a lovely lasagna. Oof.

However, I did ultimately succeed in building a truly decadent-tasting white lasagna with a considerable reduction in calories.  Definitely healthier than the norm and vegetarian, to boot.  After all, my girlfriends wouldn’t be thanking me Monday if I contributed an irresistible slab-o-calories for the main course.

One of the diners suggested I should submit this to a contest for lower calorie makeovers of comfort food. I just might. It’s that good!

This would be lovely for any holiday potluck or casual entertaining occasion like New Year’s Day.

Shiitake and portobello mushrooms

EASE OF PREPARATION: Worth the effort

Makes 12 generous servings

  • 40 ounces fresh spinach, stems removed, well washed
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon each, salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds mushrooms (shiitake, portobello, and/or chanterelles or hedgehog) cleaned and sliced
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups 2% milk, very hot but not boiling
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 cups grated Parmesan
  • 15 ounces, fresh, reduced fat ricotta
  • one large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups grated reduced fat mozzarella
  • 1 box no-cook lasagna noodles (or 1 pound fresh lasagna noodles, cooked al dente)
  • Bring a large stockpot full of salted water to a boil. Add the spinach leaves and cook for a scant 2 minutes. Drain well, cool. Squeeze in a tea towel to remove all liquid.
  • Spinach in a tea towel

  • In a large skillet melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Add the shallots and garlic and saute for 2 minutes to soften. Add the sliced mushrooms and season generously with salt and pepper. Saute the mushrooms, stirring, until the mushrooms are softened and have given off their liquid (about 5 to 6 minutes).
  • sautéing mushrooms with shallots and garlic

  • To make the white sauce (pretty much a bechamel), in a large, heavy saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter along with the olive oil over medium heat. Add the flour slowly and whisk into the hot fat, cook this for about 2 minutes. Whisking constantly, slowly pour in the hot milk. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, nutmeg and 1 1/2 cups of Parmesan. Continue to cook until thick and smooth, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat to cool before using.
  • Combine the ricotta, mozzarella and beaten egg in a bowl. Add 1/3 cup of white sauce and stir to blend.
  • To assemble the lasagna: spread about 3/4 cup of white sauce across the bottom of a deep lasagna pan (13″ x 9″).

    first put sauce into pan

  • Then lay down one layer of either no-cook. or cooked and drained, noodles. Cover with 1/3 of ricotta mixture, then 1/3 of mushrooms and 1/3 of spinach. Cover with about 1 cup of sauce and repeat layers. Finish with a layer of noodles and a final cup of sauce. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese, cover with foil and bake for 45 to 50 minutes at 375°. Remove foil to brown for an additional 10 to 12 minutes.
  • first layer, to be repeated

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Responses

  1. Nancy says:

    December 31st, 2010at 4:52 pm(#)

    What an incredible dish! I can’t believe it’s reduced fat and calories, and it’s even better the next day. Thank you!

  2. Lasagna Guy says:

    January 12th, 2011at 7:57 pm(#)

    Looks like a great lasagna recipe.
    I am going to have to try this one this weekend.
    I am going to cook it for the family.

    Thanks

    Long Live Lasagna!!!!

  3. Benefits Of Tomatoes says:

    July 31st, 2013at 5:39 am(#)

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