Spinach and Meat Lasagna

by aimee @ shugarysweets on March 13, 2012

There are two types of dinners I could eat every night for the rest of my life. Pasta and Mexican.

This lasagna is so delicious I thought it was time to share how I make it. My friend Jenna made this a long time ago and I’ve been making it ever since. The only thing that I change up is my sauce. Sometimes I cheat and use Prego (don’t be a hater), and sometimes I make homemade sauce!

This is a great meal to bring to a family with a new baby in the house, or to make for the holidays! It makes a large 13×9 pan or lasagna pan. Enjoy!

Spinach and Meat Lasagna
by Shugary Sweets
Ingredients (serves 12)
  • 10oz bag fresh spinach
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb bulk italian sausage
  • 1 box lasagna noodles (cooked according to package)
  • 7-8 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Saute spinach in olive oil with pressed garlic, set aside. Brown beef and sausage, drain. In a small bowl, mix ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley.
In 13x9 baking dish, pour 2 cups of sauce in bottom of pan. Lay cooked noodles in single layer. Cover with 2 cup of sauce, 1/2 of meat, and half of cheese filling. Top with 1/2 of spinach mixture. Repeat layer of noodles, sauce, meat, cheese and spinach. Top with layer of noodles and remaining sauce. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Yum!
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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Jocelyn March 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

Girl any guess what 2 types of food I could for every meal??? Yup, the same exact two. Twins!!!

And I cheat with my pasta sauce all the time:-) This looks yummy and totally like comfort food!!!!


Jen @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

What a great looking dish! Perfect for dinner tonight!! I’m bookmarking this recipe!


RavieNomNoms March 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

This lasagna looks very tasty! I always love spinach in my pasta together. They have such a nice flavor combination.


Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy March 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Looks delicious! I love a good spinach lasagna! My meat loving boyfriend would love this!


carolinaheartstrings March 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Looks wonderful! Jar sauce be damned. My husband’s favorite meal! Come visit. We have some wonderful Irish treats to share this week.


Julie @ Table for Two March 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

yum! i love to make lasagna — it’s so easy and it feeds so many and it keeps awesome as leftovers :) this looks so delicious! i love the pictures, mine always turn out like mush lol


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Totally me too. Every night I think of what to make and it ends up being pasta or tacos in some variation. This lasagna looks amazing! It’s making me hungry.


Kristin@gratefulbelly.com March 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm

This looks so good, especially with the spinach!


Kiri W. March 14, 2012 at 12:28 am

Mmmmm, looks amazing! I love spinach in my lasagna, and yours looks like it has the perfect texture. Super comfort food! :)


Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny) March 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Now I am craving lasagna! I think sneaking spinach into any dish is always a great idea. Thanks for linking up with us at Weekend Potluck. I’m pinning this.


Jenn Erickson March 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Aimee, your lasagna not only sounds amazing, but your photos came out beautifully too! Casserole-type dishes can be tricky to photograph, but you captured every bit of saucy, cheesy goodness! Thank you for always bringing such style, flavor and panache to Rook No. 17!



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