Spinach & Artichoke Lasagna {Florentine-style}

Spinach & Artichoke Lasagna 1. I took a body pump class last Thursday and haven’t been able to move since. I decided I was feeling strong that day and upped my weights…yeah. NEVER AGAIN. Lesson learned.

2. I find a great amount of pleasure taking instagram food photos and teasing you all with them. It’s turned into a little problem. Please see my facebook page for several examples.

3. Last week my brother called me concerned that my Dad was making my pulled pork the wrong way. A few things that I find amusing about this: {a} my family actually reads my food blog. Ok, I guess there was just the one thing.

4. I think I need to cut out the sugar in my diet. I’ve come to the point where all I crave is candy. And chocolate. And the occasional doughnut.

5. My thighs are more thunderous than ever.

6. I’m hoping to win this whole Around the World in 80 Plates contest thingy-ma-jigger. In case you’re out of the loop, let me fill you in: I make recipes that they post on their Facebook page every week. People go click the like button on said photos. The blogger with the most likes at the end of the show wins an awesome prize. I like to kick people’s trash….therefore, please go like this photo.

7. Speaking of #80plates, the contestants are traveling to Florence, Italy this Wednesday {10/9c on BRAVO}. I’m dying to go to Italy. So, in honor of that, I made ya’ll some amazing lasagna. Super delish if I say so myself.

8. It doesn’t look all that pretty or special, but you’re really gonna have to trust me on this one. Cheesy goodness is in da house. And, takes a lot less time than traditional lasagna. And is vegetarian, yo. Holla back ya’ll.

9. I can’t stop the thug words coming out of my mouth/fingers. It’s like I opened a gate.

10. Spread the word to yo’ motha! Here’s how to make this lasagna, my peeps:

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 1 Boil some lasagna noodles in some salty, oily water for half the time the box directions recommend. Then drain and place on a lightly greased sheet tray and set aside.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 2 In the same pot you boiled the noodles in, saute some onions and garlic in olive oil until tender.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 3 Add in a butt load of spinach and let it cook down to practically nothing…

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 4 then add in some chopped artichoke hearts. I love artichoke hearts.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 5 After a few more minutes in the pot, remove the whole sha-bang. Feel free to chop all this up to be smaller.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 12 In a bowl, stir together break up some softened cream cheese.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 13 To that, add in an egg, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and that spinach-artichoke mixture.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 14 Mix it up and that’s the filling. Set this aside with les noodles.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 6 Now still in that same pot {I hate dishes….can you tell?}, melt some butter.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 7 Sprinkle in a little flour

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 8 and whisk.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 9 Pour in 2 cups of milk and keep whisking to get rid of any lumps. After a few minutes, the sauce will thicken.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 10 Stir in some pesto,

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 11 salt, pepper and nutmeg and take a taste. Re-season if needed.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 15 Now comes the fun part :) I know you’re getting hungry so I’ll explain quickly: put a little bit of sauce in the bottom of your 9×13 pan. Lay 3 noodles over that. Spread 1/2 the filling over that. Sprinkle a bunch of cheese over that. Ladle sauce over that. And REPEAT. :) Mmm…layers of heaven.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 16 Top the whole thing with the last 3 noodles, the last of the sauce and more cheese.

Lasagna broiler Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes. Pull the foil off and stick under the broiler to brown up the cheese and that’s it!

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna 17 Wait 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving so it can set up nicely. After this, enjoy :)

Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna 2 DEEEEEEEEE-LICIOUS.

Here’s the printable:

Spinach & Artichoke Lasagna

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

9 lasagna sheets
2 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

for the filling:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 oz. bag baby spinach
1 cup drained and chopped artichoke hearts {I used the marinated kind}
salt & pepper, to taste
3 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 egg

for the sauce:
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 cups milk
salt & pepper, to taste
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup prepared pesto

Directions:

Bring large pot of water to boil. Salt the water, add 2 tablespoons of oil and cook lasagna sheets for half the time recommended on the package. Drain and place on lightly greased baking sheet and set aside.

In the same pot, saute onions and garlic in olive oil until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in spinach. After 1-2 minutes, it should be wilted. Stir in chopped artichoke hearts, salt and pepper. Remove from pan to cutting board and chop into smaller pieces, if desired. {Optional} Spoon mixture into bowl and stir together with cream cheese, parmesan cheese, egg and more salt and pepper. Set aside.

In the same pot, melt butter over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk. Cook 1 minute. Pour in milk and whisk to remove any lumps. Sauce will thicken. Add in salt, pepper, nutmeg and pesto. Remove from heat.

To assemble, lightly grease 9x13 baking dish. Spread 1/4 cup sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Place 3 cooked noodles across the bottom. Top with half the filling, 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese and 1/3 of the sauce. Repeat this pattern again: noodles, filling, cheese, sauce. Top with remaining three noodles, remaining sauce and remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove foil and broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese has browned. Remove from oven. Let lasagna rest 10-15 minutes before serving.

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48 Responses to “Spinach & Artichoke Lasagna {Florentine-style}”

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    Diana — June 4, 2012 at 6:39 am

    This is a gooooood one switching my menu to fit this in.

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    Kathryn — June 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

    This lasagne looks utterly amazing!

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    Katrina — June 4, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Love how easy this is! So delicious looking too!

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    Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser — June 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Oh wow, that looks scrumptious! Spinach and Artichoke dip is one of my favorite things to eat, and this is like that dip in a lasagna…which sounds freaking fantastic! I can’t wait to try this out, thank you sooo much!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — June 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Mmm! I really like this lasagna idea…it would be a nice twist to my usual meat sauce / marinara go-to!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — June 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Beautiful lasagna! YUM!

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    Ryan - Spicy Richmond — June 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    This looks phenomenal and I’m not even a fan of cooked spinach!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — June 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Your list cracked me up. I took a body pump class for the first time a few months ago…enjoyed it, but I can see how you’d never want to return. Having an overly jubilant instructor yelling lyrics to “eye of the tiger” while your heart is about to explode is rough at 6 in the morning….it is very rewarding, though. Awesome lasagna…love everything about it!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — June 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    This looks delicious! Love how easy it is!

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    Madison (@properlybright) — June 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    yum! lasagna is so easy to make and my family loves it but it’s always the same. We’ll definitely be trying this out very soon! maybe even tonight!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — June 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I can’t have pesto (allergic to pine nuts) … would this still be good without it?

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    • Madison (@properlybright) — June 6th, 2012 @ 3:54 am

      I would say the pesto definitely adds a lot of flavor. you can always make a quick and easy pesto without the pine nuts! you could use any kind of nut; walnuts, pecans, cashews. You can even use seeds! or you can just take out the nuts completely!

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    Michelle — June 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    OH yum. I good way to get my fiancé to eat spinach!

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    Stacy — June 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    This looks so good. If I stirred in some shredded chicken, hubby might eat it :). Thank you!!

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    Katie — June 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    This sounds amazing!!! I love spinach and artichoke everything.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    omg, get in my mouth. i want to snuggle with this. YUM!

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    Meghan @ After the Ivy League — June 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    This looks delicious! I love spinach and artichoke…I think I’ll try it as a ziti bake! Pinning this recipe!

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    Julia — June 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I get to the point where I need a sugar detox often, and then I do for a week or 2 or even 3. And then I reward myself with a sweet treat. And so it begins, aaaaaall over again. Sigh.
    This lasagna, it looks totally delish, and would make me forget about all things ice cream and fro yo. AT least until I was done eating it, then I’d want ice cream again. Sooo, I understand your pain ;)

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — June 5, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Yum! I love different variations of lasagna. This will definitely be on my dinner menu soon.

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    Chelsea — June 5, 2012 at 4:30 am

    thug 4 life.

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — June 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Hollla! This looks yummy to me Lauren!

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    Tracey E. — June 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Oh can’t wait to try this! Thanks!! :)

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    TRACY — June 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    My daughter talked me into a body pump class. It happened just once. I couldn’t walk or lift my arms for a week. :)

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    Crystal — June 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Delicious!! Thank you♥

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I. Want. It. All.

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    Baking Serendipity — June 6, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Love lasagna! And your alfredo twist sounds fantastic :)

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    Madison (@properlybright) — June 6, 2012 at 3:47 am

    so i made this last night but before I say how AMAZING it was i have to admit I had to change things up a bit. My mom is allergic to spinach so we used kale and arugula instead, she also doesn’t like cream cheese so we used low fat riccota and she’s also gluten free so we used no bake brown rice lasagna noodles. But the sauce, the saute and everything else was the same and it was so good and so easy to make. My dad LOVED it and my mom said it was her new favorite lasagna. I love how easy this is to make and customize without compromising the flavor. We will definitely be making this again.

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook — June 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    We made this for dinner tonight. SOOO Good! Baby Boy agreed too. He kept wanting more from my plate, which I happily obliged. We doubled up on the spinach and made up a fresh ground pesto because we had all the ingredients from a recipe earlier in the week. Very tasty. We’ll be making again soon for sure, and we’ll be featuring on Taste Test Thursday – This is a winner!

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    lauren — June 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    i loved this…as did my 4 year old and my 10 month old. delicious. artichokes, pasta and pesto are three of my top foods.

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    Steffanie — June 21, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Anything I can use instead of cream cheese? I’m not a fan. And are marinated artichoke hearts ok or should I use the real things?

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — November 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Hey Lauren, did you use freshly made pesto or store bought? I made this with store bought and the amount of pesto you called for came out to be way too much for the sauce. Now I’m wondering if there is some sort of difference.

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    Lauren — June 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    This was great and lasted my husband and I all week. Great vegetarian meal.

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    Debora — June 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Love the recipe! Love your website! Would pesto just be lots of chopped basil? =)

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    • Lauren — June 28th, 2013 @ 6:38 am

      Use what you have!! A bunch of basil would work great and be really tasty for sure :)

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    Nico Bellissimo — December 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Lauren, this recipe was AMAZING!!!! I actually made two pans to share with our two families and a few friends – 14 people total! They LOVED it! Plus, we also shared it with the employees at our Italian restaurant. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    I have a ton of ricotta cheese right now, so I looked up recipes and this lovely Florentine recipe caught my eye – I replaced the cream cheese with ricotta cheese (about 6-7 tablespoons for each batch).

    I also squeezed the excess water/oil from the spinach/onion/garlic/artichoke mixture in a fine mesh strainer because it reminded me of this Spanakopita recipe video.

    We love garlic, so we tripled the minced garlic (6 cloves for each batch) and added a few *lightly* sauteed mushrooms. My husband and I (and everybody!) loved it! Thank you, Lauren! :)
    – Eve (Nico Bellissimo)

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    Stacy Myers — May 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    This. Is. Fantastic!!!! Honestly, the BEST veggie lasagna I’ve ever had. I used brown rice lasagna noodles and one can of artichoke hearts from Trader Joe’s. I cannot wait until lunch for the leftovers!

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    • Lauren — May 22nd, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

      :))))))))) I wish I could like this a million times. So glad you liked it!

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    Emily — August 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I am soooooo going to try this! Looks like a great candidate for our Meatless Mondays!

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    Angela — August 27, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Made this last night, so yummy and easy to make. Your step by step pictures always help build my confidence when I’m cooking outside my tiny comfort zone. Thanks.

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    • Lauren — August 28th, 2014 @ 7:59 am

      Oh good! So glad you liked them :)

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    Victoria — October 29, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Great recipe! Would it be possible to sub the fresh spinach for frozen spinach?

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    • Lauren — October 29th, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

      Yes! Just defrost and ring out well!

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