This Lasagna Florentine was fabulous. Everyone cleaned their plates, even the grandchildren! It makes a huge 9” x 13” pan, enough to feed 8 people one large piece. You can prepare this recipe early in the day so all you have to do is cook it at supper time if you want. It is a little time consuming to make, like any lasagna, but well worth it. It is also great as leftovers.
In a large pot, boil the lasagna noodles
according to the package directions.
Do not over cook the noodles.
Drain and set aside in a little water
to keep them from sticking together.
In a large frying pan over medium
heat cook the oil, carrots, onions and
garlic until carrots are almost
tender, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the tomato sauce and spaghetti sauce.
Heat through then turn to a simmer.
In a medium bowl add the ricotta cheese,
1-1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, spinach,
Parmesan cheese, eggs, salt and Italian seasoning.
Using a spoon, mix all of the ingredients together.
Spray a 9” x 13” baking pan with cooking oil.
Spread 1/2 cup of the sauce on the bottom of the pan.
Place four lasagna noodles (shake off the water)
on top of the sauce, overlapping the edges.
Spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture
over the noodles. Repeat with the sauce,
noodles and cheese mixture 2 more times.
Top with the last 4 noodles.
Spread all of the remaining sauce over the top.
Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of
mozzarella cheese evenly over the top.
Cover tightly with foil.
Place in a preheated 375 degree oven
for 40 minutes then remove the foil.
Place back in the oven, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Let sit for 5 minutes, cut into 8 pieces and serve.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 – 24 oz jar spaghetti sauce
- 1 – 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 – 15 oz container ricotta cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 box (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach thawed and squeezed dry.
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp Italian seasonings
- 16 lasagna noodles
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large pot filled with water, cook the lasagna noodles according to the package directions. Do not overcook. Drain and put back into the pot with just enough water to keep them from sticking together.
- In a large frying pan over medium heat cook the oil, carrots, onions and garlic until the carrots are almost tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the tomato sauce and spaghetti sauce cooking until hot, then turn to a simmer.
- In a medium bowl mix together the ricotta cheese, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, spinach, Parmesan cheese, eggs, salt and Italian seasonings.
- Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with cooking oil.
- Spread 1/2 cup of the sauce on the bottom of the pan.
- Place four lasagna noodles (shake off the water) on top overlapping slightly.
- Spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture on top of the noodles.
- Repeat two more times – sauce – noodles – cheese mixture.
- Top with the last four noodles.
- Spread the remaining sauce evenly on top of the noodles.
- Evenly sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese on top.
- Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
- Remove the foil and cook, uncovered, 10 more minutes or until bubbly.
- Let sit for 5 minutes, cut into 8 pieces and serve.
Categories: Casseroles, Pasta, Vegetables/Slaws/Salads
Never tried carrots in this dish.I always make pasts n the roller machine I bought some 30 years ago in Rome. It is hard work but make enough to dry in lasagna sized sheets. I can dry them and store ready to use as anything pasta. Ill try your recipe as all else you gave us was good food idea. My blog today is a Vampire murder mystery.
Sir Kevin you must try this one! It turned out so good! They don’t make things to last that long anymore. Those were the days. Off to the Vampire murder mystery!
Hmmmm can’t get into gravatar again😢
Hmmm…layers of yumminess 🙂
OMG yes! It was so good! Thanks Mel!
Looks so beautiful! Like the addition of spinach instead of meat.
Thank you it was a nice change and very tasty!
Such a soulful dish
Thank you! It was a huge hit even with a 4 & 7 year old!
Amazing, I am sure😂
Thanks it was!
Thank you Erica!
This looks amazing and fairly simple for a lasagna! I saved this recipe! Thank you for sharing this one! 💗 I think my picky eater might even go for this one!
Thanks Lana! I didn’t expect my husband or grandkids to eat this one! My husband had seconds and my hubby and grandson had more for lunch today! Who knew….lol
Ya, that sounds like a winner to me! 😁
This looks great! 😋😊
Thank you Christy! Huge hit in my house and that completely shocked me! I figured because it had veggies they would turn up their noses and they didn’t!
The happy plate club in our house when kids were growing up!
Wow it just blows my mind how much kids like this! I just didn’t expect that reaction.
Thanks it was really good!
Can you make anything bad? Lol!!
I think all Italian food must appeal to kids – I know it did to me. Who can resist lasagne especially made with love by your grandmother?
Awwwww you are absolutely the sweetest person ever! Thank you Linda!
Yes no matter how it is cooked or raw! I grew up eating it cooked with vinegar and it wasn’t until my 30’s that I started doing other things with it too.
I grew up with creamed spinach–which is still one of my guilty pleasures. Now I used it instead of lettuce on sandwiches.
What a great idea!
8 pieces probably would not be enough for me! LOL
hahaha it makes great leftovers too! Thanks!
In my house, there would be no leftovers!
Yum, that looks delicious!
Thank you! You know it was when even my hubby loved it with spinach in it…lol
And a glass of red wine 🍷
Haha I like the way you think!
Darn I wish I was your next door neighbor, like one of your favorite neighbors, who you invite over to test taste the food you make for you! 🙂
wow this looks amazing!! Saving up this recipe 🙂
Thank you it is a definite keeper!
Lasagna is always a great standby, and it makes for wonderful leftovers.
Thank you I agree totally!
That looks really good. And I’ve never tried carrots in lasagna but I’m intrigued. I do love adding spinach to mine lol.
Thank you there is so much flavor going on you don’t really taste the carrots yet get the benefit of using them. Even my grandkids didn’t notice…lol
I wouldn’t mind the carrots, I actually try my hardest to include veggies in my meals any way I can lol
This looks amazing!
I didn’t expect it to taste so good. I thought the kids would hate it because of the veggies and they loved it! One never knows…lol Thank you Diana ❤️
So true! One never knows. You’re utmost welcome!