In this blog, I wanted to share a recipe for some easy sausage spinach vegetable lasagna that I made over the weekend. This recipe is a favorite of my family and I make it quite a bit, especially in the fall and winter months, when your body craves more comfort foods. It combines a healthy dose of vegetables including spinach, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, onions and olives that not only are good for you, but provide a host of vitamins and nutrients your body needs. I also put in some options if you have a gluten sensitivity, or prefer a vegetarian version. Give it a try if you are looking for a new recipe to try for dinner.
Easy Sausage Spinach Vegetable Lasagna
- 1 small box lasagna noodles (1/2 lb or approximately 9 noodles).
You can use a gluten-free variety if you have issues with gluten.
- 1 24 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
I used a local brand called Anna Lisa Spicy Pasta Sauce I got at Whole Foods that had no sugar or preservatives added. I really like this brand, but you can use any variety you like.
- 1 container cottage cheese
You can also use ricotta cheese
- 2-3 cups shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese
I usually shred my own to avoid the added cellulose in cheese and other pre-packaged foods used to prevent caking. It is derived from wood pulp. Yes-wood pulp.
- 1 pound Italian sausage
You can also leave this out if you prefer to make a meatless version of lasagna
- 1/2 bag of fresh spinach
You can also you kale
- 1 small red onion diced
- 1 small green pepper chopped
- 1 small package fresh mushrooms
- 1 small can black olives
- 1/2 jar green olives
- 1-2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 medium size tomatoes diced
- Salt and pepper
- Cajun seasoning
Fill a large pot with boiling water and add the lasagna noodles. Turn down heat a bit and boil the noodles for 10 minutes and then strain off the water and set aside.
In a large skillet, brown the Italian sausage. Add the garlic, onion, green pepper and mushrooms. Stir the mixture until the vegetables are slightly browned. Add in the olives and the salt, pepper and cajun seasoning to taste and stir. Add the spaghetti sauce to the meat and vegetable mix and stir to combine all of the ingredients. Add the tomatoes to the top and stir, just so they become warn and then remove from the heat.
Grease a 13″ x 9″ cake pan with olive oil. Place 3 noodles on the bottom of the pan. Then spoon about 1/3 of the meat and vegetable sauce over the noodles. Grab a handful or so of the spinach and place it on top of the sauce. Next scoop about 1/3 of the cottage cheese on top of the spinach and then add a layer of the mozzarella or cheddar cheese.
Repeat these steps 2 more times to create 3 layers total.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place the prepared pan of lasagna in the oven and bake for 30-40, or until slightly crisp on the top. Remove from the oven and let set and cool for another 30-45 minutes. Serve warm with a fresh garden salad.
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