Sunday, October 9, 2011

Garlicky spinach lasagna, from Gael

Garlicky spinach lasagna, from Gael

--from Rachael Ray magazine, Oct. 2011

Rachael's Tip: WIDE EGG NOODLES: They rarely clump together, are quick to cook and have a solid bite, so they're a natural substitute for traditional pasta. (Plus, you probably have some in your pantry right now!) The toasted breadcrumbs add a buttery crunch to the top.


  • For the lasagna:
  • 1 1/2 lbs. baby spinach
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 oz. wide egg noodles
  • 2 cups Creamy White Sauce
  • 6 oz. fresh goat cheese
  • 4 tbsp. prepared pesto
  • 1 1/2 cups coarse fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. EVOO
  • For the Creamy White Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • ½ cup finely chopped shallots
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups milk warmed
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking Directions

    For the lasagna:
    In a large saucepan, bring 2 inches water to a simmer. Add the spinach in batches, stirring until wilted; cook until all of it is tender. Drain and let cool. Squeeze out excess moisture and chop.
    In a large skillet, melt 2 tbsp. butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and stir until golden, about 1 minute. Stir in the spinach. Season lightly with salt and pepper; remove from the heat.
    Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, cook the noodles, stirring often, until al dente. Drain— but do not rinse—and return to the saucepan. Stir in the white sauce to coat.
    Lightly grease an 8-inch square glass baking dish. Layer in half of the noodles and press with a spatula.
    Dot with half of the goat cheese, spread the spinach on top and press down. Stir 3 tbsp. pesto into the remaining noodles and spoon over the spinach. Dot with the remaining cheese. Cover snugly with foil and bake until hot and bubbling, about 35 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes.
    Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the remaining 2 tbsp. butter over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and cook, stirring, until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the remaining 1 tbsp. pesto with the EVOO. Drizzle the lasagna with the pesto oil and sprinkle with the crumbs.
    For the Creamy White Sauce:
    Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in warm milk; bring to boil and cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan and ½ each salt and pepper.

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