Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Shavuot Treat: Spinach and Pumpkin Lasagna

This recipe from comes from Liz Kratz at Classically Kosher. It's a sneakily healthy veggie lasagna (if you use low-fat cheese) and perfect for a dairy main course on Shavuot.

1 and 1/2 boxes lasagne noodles
6-8 ounces grated low-fat mozzarella, muenster or white cheddar cheese

Lasagna sauce layer:

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 bag Morningstar Farms vegetarian "recipe crumbles" (O-K-Dairy)
1 large can (35 oz.) crushed tomatoes
1 small can (5.5 oz or similar) tomato paste
1-2 cups pasta sauce or 1 can tomato sauce with salt, pepper and garlic powder added to taste
2 cups pumpkin puree
4 tsp garlic, minced
4 tsp fresh basil, minced
1 tbsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1-2 dashes cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes (optional)

Spinach layer:

3 cups cooked chopped spinach (such as Bodek frozen chopped spinach), defrosted
4 eggs or the equivalent egg substitute
1 and 1/2 cups low fat or low moisture part-skim Ricotta cheese
1 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp granulated garlic
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Sweat the onion with the olive oil until browned. Add the vegetarian recipe crumbles and keep flame on medium until fully warmed. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from flame.

Defrost or prepare spinach and mix with spices and Ricotta. If you microwaved the spinach, wait until it has cooled slightly before adding the egg, to avoid scrambling.

Layer lasagne sauce first followed by uncooked noodles, then spinach, then cheese. Finish with noodles, the additional pasta sauce on top and finally cheese. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until noodles are fully cooked.

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