Are you looking for an easy lasagna recipe that doesn’t require cooking the noodles first? You’ve come to the right place!
Are you looking for a meatless lasagna? Or maybe you want to find a way to cook lasagna without boiling the noodles first. Either way, this is the perfect recipe for you! It’s ready in less than an hour.
What Is Vegetarian Lasagna?
Just like the name sounds, a vegetarian lasagna is a layered pasta dish that’s made without meat. Traditional lasagna is made with either ground beef or sausage (or a combination of the two).
This vegetarian lasagna is made without any meat. It’s a meat-free meal which is perfect to eat during Lent, or if you don’t eat meat in your regular diet.
Is it vegan? No, this recipe isn’t vegan. Since it’s made with cheese, it can’t be considered vegan. But if you want to make it vegan, just use a vegan cheese substitute.
How To Make Easy Lasagna
Keep reading and I’ll share my best tips and tricks so that you can make a perfect pan of lasagna every single time. I’ll even answer some common questions, too.
What You Need
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Here are some tips and answers to common questions about baking homemade lasagna.
Add Marinara Sauce To The Casserole Dish
Add Uncooked Pasta
You’ll add as many uncooked lasagna noodles as you can fit in your casserole dish. For me, it was six noodles.
Yes – you will add them to the dish uncooked. They will cook in the oven, in the sauce. This step saves you so much time!
Use Fresh or Frozen Spinach
It’s ok to use either fresh or frozen spinach in your lasagna. If you’re going to use frozen spinach, I suggest cooking it first and them removing as much water and moisture as you can.
Strain it and then use a paper towel to wring out more moisture. If you skip this step, the water will cook out of it and thin down the marinara sauce.
Layer With Plenty of Cheese
I used a combination of ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. These are the two types that you will most often find in lasagna recipes.
But you can get creative and use different types of cheese. Try a half and half combination of ricotta and cottage cheese. Or shred some Monterey Jack cheese instead of Mozzarella. You can even use soft goat cheese instead of ricotta cheese.
How To Tell When It’s Done
How do you know when meatless lasagna is done cooking? Since it’s made without meat, it’s perfectly safe to eat it without cooking (but no one will enjoy those crunchy noodles).
So, the best way to tell when it’s finished cooking is to try to cut into it. If the noodles are soft and cooked, it’s ready to eat!
How To Store Leftovers
How do you store leftover lasagna? This meal will taste delicious later in the week! Cut up the lasagna into smaller pieces and place them into an airtight container. Then, keep the container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
How To Change The Recipe
What are some recipe variations of a simple lasagna? Try any of these ideas:
- Make it spicier – add red pepper flakes
- Use different veggies. Instead of spinach, add thinly sliced zucchini
- Lasagna Noodles – These can be swapped too! Try it with a layer of rotini noodles instead
Here’s the complete recipe – enjoy!
Easy Spinach Lasagna Recipe
- Baking Dish
- 1 package thawed frozen chopped spinach 10oz
- 1 jar favorite pasta sauce 15oz
- 1 package lasagna noodles you’ll be using 6 noodles total
- 1 package ricotta cheese 15oz
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Give the baking dish a quick spray with some non-stick cooking spray and then pour in some sauce and spread to make a thin layer covering the whole bottom of the dish, about 1/8 inch.
- Add a layer of uncooked lasagna pasta
- Now cover the pasta with a thin layer of sauce, then ricotta cheese on top of that. Then spread out a layer of thawed cooked spinach. On top of that, add a thin layer of sauce.
- Add another layer of noodles, sauce, ricotta cheese, spinach, sauce. There will always be sauce touching both sides of the lasagna noodles.
- Add final layer of lasagna noodles (the 3rd) and cover well with remaining sauce. Now add a nice layer of shredded mozzarella cheese and cover the whole dish with aluminum foil.
- Bake for 45 minutes, remove aluminum foil, and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes.
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