Lasagna, in my mind, has always been “man food”. Therefore, I’ve never liked it. I preferred the much girlier stuffed shells or manicotti when given the choice. I don’t know why I always considered stuffed shells and manicotti “girlier”, but whatever. It works.
However, I recently discovered that I really only don’t care for lasagna with meat in it! That’s sorta weird, too, because I’m not a vegetarian by any stretch of the means. So….lasagna with ground beef? ick. Lasagna with spinach and mushrooms? yum.
It’s as simple as 1………
Then, all there is left to do is dig in! It’s magic. And no one will even miss the meat. Being the super amazing girlfriend that I am, I brought a hot slice of this over to Adam’s house right when it came out of the oven. I told him I was just “in the area” with a hot slice of lasagna on my floorboard. Imagine that! #instantgirlfriendpoints
This is also a great meal to assemble, freeze, then cook when you’re strapped for time but need a cheesy comfort meal to end the day. Or bring to a friend in need! I like to use fresh baby spinach and cook it myself rather than use the packaged frozen stuff….but you could use the latter if you prefer. I’ve timed it though; it’s really not any faster to defrost then cook frozen spinach. Just my two cents.
Head to PBS Food for the recipe!
Brittany @ Itty Bits of BalanceSeptember 9, 2011 at 4:26 am
I love lasagna and I love earning girlfriend points. I’m on this.
Rachel @ Not Rachael RaySeptember 9, 2011 at 4:31 am
Yum! This is my kind of lasagna too! I’d have to add meat for hubby though. Maybe I could do it half and half 🙂
Faith @ For the Health of ItSeptember 9, 2011 at 4:34 am
If lasagna is man food, then pass the beer, the playstation controller and the remote so I can put on ESPN – I don’t wanna be a chick!
KhushbooSeptember 9, 2011 at 4:38 am
What is it about the combo of marinara sauce, cheese, and ANY carb that is so satisfying?? Whatever it is, I need some of this!
Natalcho @ Tomatoes RockSeptember 9, 2011 at 4:40 am
Oh…this looks so good! I am drooling:)
Lauren @ What Lauren LikesSeptember 9, 2011 at 4:44 am
Delish 🙂 Cannot wait to try this one! Great job.
BeccaSeptember 9, 2011 at 4:47 am
Haven’t we yet moved past the point of superficial and meaningless gender norms? I’m not supposed to like lasagna with meat because it’s “manly”? Come on. Let’s not perpetuate ideas that are meant to keep women eating salads. Let’s just not.
MarthaSeptember 9, 2011 at 8:55 am
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Erin (Travel Eat Repeat)September 9, 2011 at 4:52 am
I’m not a big pasta eater but LOVE lasagna. It’s one of those dishes that really can’t go wrong because even when it turns into a huge mess, it still tastes delicious.
JennSeptember 9, 2011 at 5:23 am
I agree and it’s always been a mess when I’ve attempted it.
Also, you don’t even need the meat because really it’s the cheese and sauce that makes the dish. Put cheese and sauce on cardboard and I’ll eat it…
Molly @ RDexposedSeptember 9, 2011 at 4:52 am
Mushrooms! I’m always so hesitant with them. It’s a texture thing.
I have given Mama Pea’s lasagna a whirl and it was delicious! I’ll have to change it up with this recipe on occassion!
Angela @ Eat Spin Run RepeatSeptember 9, 2011 at 4:53 am
I’m sure Adam was delighted! Wonder if he’ll attempt to score some #instantboyfriendpoints this weekend (cough*cedarplankedsalmon*cough) 😉 Have a great Friday Jenna!
EmSeptember 9, 2011 at 5:12 am
Way to go, Jenna.
You are doing a fabulous job with those PBS recipes.
amy walters, aDESIGNdockSeptember 9, 2011 at 5:27 am
I love lasagna…I used to like the beef or veggie versions all the same 🙂 But after this, I may need to reconsider my opts! This looks amazing!
Liz @ Tip Top ShapeSeptember 9, 2011 at 5:40 am
Love lasagna any way it’s prepared–so this looks pretty fantastic to me!!
katie @KatieDidSeptember 9, 2011 at 5:42 am
just in the area with piping hot lasagna in the car…. haha! Love it!
The restaurant I waitress in serves hugee portions of meat lasagna (bobby flay threw it down!), and woman, men, children, everyone orders it! But many many people request vegetarian lasagna which is something we don’t have yet. I think it would do really well on the menu. Mushrooms were a great choice because they have that wonderful chewy almost meaty texture to them.
Caroline @ chocolate and carrotsSeptember 9, 2011 at 5:46 am
So that’s what you were talking about the other day. This looks sooo amazing! Mouthwatering…at 9am even. 😉
Kristen @ Popcorn on the StoveSeptember 9, 2011 at 6:00 am
So yummy! Lasagna is one of my favorite foods!!
ritikaSeptember 9, 2011 at 6:00 am
hey jenna this is so out of the context here… but could you plz tell me if it’s okay to do yoga at night.. say around 8pm after i get back from work.. Sun salutations at 8 pm?
Holly @ The Runny EggSeptember 9, 2011 at 6:13 am
This looks delicious — I actually made your stuffed shells recipe into a lasagna 2 weeks ago and it was a big hit!
Sarah@The Flying ONIONSeptember 9, 2011 at 6:22 am
Lasagna is my thing. I love it.
And yes, vegetarian lasagna is the way to go. Something about spinach and mushrooms and cheese. It makes me swoon. 😀
Gina @ Running to the KitchenSeptember 9, 2011 at 6:23 am
I like veggie lasagna better than the normal meat ones too. I just think it tastes better, not because I’m opposed to meat or anything either. Lasagna is fun on a day when you have plenty of time and just want to make something delicious with a little effort 🙂
Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness DiariesSeptember 9, 2011 at 6:34 am
Definitely trying this out! I’m more of a veggie lasagna fan myself too. I haven’t made lasagna much, but maybe I should start after seeing this… 🙂
Emmy (wineandbutter)September 9, 2011 at 6:48 am
I LOVE lasagna and its one of the few dishes I can cook amazingly well (if I dont say so myself) – I usually make meat ones and my favourite recipes is Jamie O’s where he uses anchovies and butternut squash as well…. LOVE! your recipe looks amazing as well AND has given me a craving so as soon as this gluten fast is over!!! xox
Jil @ Big City, Lil' KitchenSeptember 9, 2011 at 6:50 am
I’m not a vegetarian – but I much prefer a veggie lasagna! Ground meat doesn’t really have enough structure in a lasagna for me. Regardless – this looks so goood!
Cait's PlateSeptember 9, 2011 at 7:04 am
4….serve to me for lunch!?!
Tara @ Chip Chip HooraySeptember 9, 2011 at 7:12 am
Yum!! I’m not a vegetarian either, but this is definitely a meal I can see myself cooking up on a Sunday and enjoying all week long. 🙂
Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthySeptember 9, 2011 at 7:19 am
I can’t wait to go check out this recipe! I am not a vegetarian but do not eat red meat! My favorite lasagna is spinach or any lasagna that is loaded with veggies! Thanks for sharing!
MariaSeptember 9, 2011 at 7:24 am
This is my kind of lasagna!
Miriam @ Overtime CookSeptember 9, 2011 at 7:24 am
Those pictures are gorgeous! Make me crave lasagna!
Sweet and SavvySeptember 9, 2011 at 7:27 am
This looks amazing! I hate meat in lasagna.. sounds delicious. 🙂
MelSeptember 9, 2011 at 7:29 am
This looks great and simple to make. I’ve always been a bit intimidated by lasagna, just because I tend to think it would take forever! Do you or anyone else (please chime in!) have any ideas for a good substitute for mushrooms though? I know it will change the taste of the recipe, but I’m just not a mushroom fan!
LisaSeptember 9, 2011 at 7:42 am
How about eggplant? I’ve even made lasagna with no noodles, using the eggplant as the noodles. I’ll take any kind of lasagna; one of my faves.
MelSeptember 9, 2011 at 8:36 am
I did see a vegetarian lasagna recipe in Cooking Light that used eggplant, but that recipe looked too complicated and I don’t think I’m patient enough for it! I think I will try use eggplant! Thanks Lisa!
JennSeptember 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm
I’m not a big eggplant fan – but what about zucchini? It’s thicker and “meatier”…kind of 😉
Josi CSeptember 9, 2011 at 7:38 am
Jenna ~ love the blog but never commented. You are going to adore Colorado and Estes Park is amazing. I live in Boulder and there are so many amazing local resaurants that you couldn’t go to all of them if you tried. It’s a food blogger’s dream. I would be happy to provide a million recommendations!
Estela @ Weekly BiteSeptember 9, 2011 at 7:54 am
Love mushrooms in my lasagna!
Liz @ Southern CharmSeptember 9, 2011 at 7:58 am
Yea … the best girlfriend ever award goes to you. Especially since it was still hot when you brought it to him!
This looks amazing and can’t wait to check out the recipe!
Amanda @ AmandaRunsNYSeptember 9, 2011 at 7:59 am
Great recipe. I went through a phase where I ate the trader joe’s individual serving size spinach lasagna several times a week for lunch. This looks right up my alley.
Leslie Means - Her View From HomeSeptember 9, 2011 at 8:00 am
My husband LOVES lasagna – and happens to LOVE spinach too! Why have I never thought about adding spinach into my recipe?! Thanks for the great tip!
Kristen @ Chocolate Covered KristenSeptember 9, 2011 at 8:13 am
I lust over all of your Le Creuset! I have a large dutch oven and a grill pan – I want more. Food seriously tastes better out of heavy, French cookware!
Rebekah @ PDXFoodLoveSeptember 9, 2011 at 8:29 am
This might be my favorite recipe of yours ever. Pretty sure I already have the things I need, too… Thanks for sharing 🙂
Sonia (the Mexigarian)September 9, 2011 at 8:35 am
That looks divine. I don’t like meaty lasagna’s either but looooooove spinach and mushrooms. Hubby LOVES manicotti. Especially when his mom makes it. I definitely will be making this dish 😀
LindseySeptember 9, 2011 at 8:40 am
I think we must be on the same wavelength because the last two recipes you have posted have been almost identical to the last two items I have cooked this week. I made a pumpking roll with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and then a mushroom spinach tortellini bake for supper two nights ago. Crazy! Your pictures are lovely.
R @ Learning As I ChopSeptember 9, 2011 at 8:43 am
I used to hate lasagna but have now come to love it. I agree – much easier to make than it looks.
Moni'sMealsSeptember 9, 2011 at 9:00 am
I think I better make this Jenna! My husband would get his 2 favorite things put together! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe. 🙂
Melissa @ Journey to MarvelousSeptember 9, 2011 at 9:03 am
Lasagna is one of my favorite go-to meals! I’ve started using fresh baby spinach instead of frozen too, and I like it better!
Bev WeidnerSeptember 9, 2011 at 9:36 am
Oh heck yes, girl.
It’s as easy as
mary @ what's cookin with marySeptember 9, 2011 at 9:50 am
You know, I have never ordered lasagna in a restaurant ! I also feel like it’s man food, but I’m always partial to dishes with any kind of seafood when out.
Averie @ Love Veggies and YogaSeptember 9, 2011 at 10:38 am
That looks so good! And you’re right, no one will miss the meat.
And I bet you did score #instantgirlfriendpoints 🙂
GetSkinnyGoVeganSeptember 9, 2011 at 11:06 am
I made tofu spinach whole wheat lasanga for years and it rocked!! Never missed the meat or cheese. Used nutritional yeast. Now of course there is Daiya which has no cholesterol. But LOVE my vegan lasanga!
Sabrina @ Radioactive RunnerSeptember 9, 2011 at 11:27 am
this looks amazing!! i love vegetarian lasagna.. i find it so much tastier without the meat. YUM! thanks for sharing!!
Lara @ TresLaLaSeptember 9, 2011 at 11:40 am
Ack. I have a hubby who cannot stand mushrooms! Recipes like this leave me feeling envious & empty because I can’t have them. I mean, I could, but I just should not be eating a pan of lasagna all by myself. Or, should I?
KatrinaSeptember 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm
Mmm this is my kinda dinner. Yum!
French HeartSeptember 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm
Love colorful food!
AbbiSeptember 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm
lasagna looks great. however is anyone else OCD like me in regards to removing stickers/labels from things like cookware, tupperware, or pretty much anything else?? I am surprised with all the cooking Jenna does, that Le Creuset sticker hasnt burned off that dish yet!…
jennaSeptember 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm
I think after I took that I finally peeled the sticker off, actually! It’s been a slow process…
Kim @ Eat, Live, and BlogSeptember 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm
That lasagna looks great! I can’t wait to recreate it soon. 🙂
Kiran @ KiranTarun.comSeptember 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm
Mmmm.. yummy vegetarian lasagna’s holds its shape very well. Drool-worthy 😀
Adrianna from A Cozy KitchenSeptember 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm
I’m the same way! The same with enchiladas, too! It’s weird. I totally love meat, just not in lasagna and enchiladas. I think it’s because the meat makes the whole thing too heavy for me. This looks like a glorious, classic lasagna. LOVE.
Mary BethSeptember 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm
This looks absolutely delicious Jenna! I think my husband who generally prefers ground beef would love this too.
Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirlSeptember 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm
My husbands most favorite food in the WHOLE world is Lasagna! I am so excited for this recipe! It looks like perfection!
MellieSeptember 10, 2011 at 8:16 am
Yum! I love lasagna, it’s the best!
TejaSeptember 10, 2011 at 11:42 am
I made this for lunch today! It took some tweaking (my no-boil noodles are way skinnier than the ones in your photo, I added red pepper flakes to my store-bought marinara, and I only got two layers out of the fillings), but the recipe turned out pretty tasty! Thanks!
Mich @ 6morningsideSeptember 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm
This looks great, and btw- I just discovered the no-cook lasagna noodles (I know..where have I been?) and they are GENIUS!
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I made this yesterday and am currently eating the leftovers at work…it is DELICIOUS!!
KellySeptember 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm
I made this for dinner tonight. It was so good!! My husband loved it 🙂 Definitely going into the weeknight dinner rotation.
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