Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne

 Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne

My lovely friends James and Pepsi Crockett have a yacht charter business (www.jussail.com).

The ethos and operation of Jus’ Sail is underpinned by the principles of Responsible Tourism, which seeks to ensure that tourism enterprises create “better places to live and better places to visit”.

The Jus’ Sail team believe that their business should offer guests a “unique and truly memorable, vacation defining, laidback sailing experience delivered through simple, honest, welcoming hospitality enjoyed aboard a beautifully restored local sailing vessel.”

A deep love of sailing in the Caribbean, the history and heritage of trading by sail within the West Indies along with a desire to play a small role in preserving a unique part of the regions maritime heritage lead naturally to the Jus’ Sail business being centred around the restoration and preservation of one of the last remaining beach built, wooden, Carriacou trading sloops.” See more at: www.jussail.com

They also run a youth programme.

This youth programme which runs once per year, trains approx 10 young people with the skills necessary to get a job in the yachting industry in St. Lucia. Their success rate is phenomenal.

The photo below is of me, Pepsi in the reflector sunglasses, the first mate O’Brian in the black head wrap and some of the students all in blue. I was delivering lasagnes for their dinner that night. They were heading off for a week to the Grenadines as the final challenge/treat of their programme. They requested 1 vegetarian lasagne and 1 with a regular meat sauce. The recipe for the veggie one follows.

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When my girls were little, this used to be a mid week go to recipe. Its very easy to prepare and great to simply pull out of the oven when you come through the door with hungry people. I used to use the timer on my oven a lot. So, I’d make whatever we were going to have for dinner, stick it in the oven and select the time I wanted it ready for and the cooking time….brilliant! I know its not rocket generic neurontin no prescription science and many of you must use this feature, but I still think it magical.

I have sun temple-ised the recipe because…..I can…..but you really could use pre-chopped frozen spinach and tomato sauce out of a jar for this. I used to when I didn’t have the luxury of the time I now have.

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The Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne Recipe

Serves at least 10

675g fresh spinach finely chopped

Large bunch of herbs (basil, thyme, oregano)

850g ricotta

3 eggs

good grating of nutmeg

salt and pepper

 400g (14oz) mozzarella

1360g (48 oz) tomato sauce

approx 14 lasagna sheets (no need to pre-cook)

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Begin by getting all your ingredients ready. So….prepare the filling by chopping the spinach finely. I did it in the food processor and added in all the herbs. Mix with the ricotta, the eggs, grate in some nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.

Grate the mozzarella and have the tomato sauce ready.

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Start the assembly with a splash of tomato sauce. Layer next with the lasagna noodles. Its a fallacy that you need to buy special lasagne sheets that don’t require cooking first. None of them do. All they need is the liquid in the compiled dish and then the heat. Remember trying to deal with hot slippery sheets that we were told needed cooking first??

Repeat these layers as often as your ingredients/dish will allow. I had bought these disposable foil containers as they were going aboard a yacht and they were very deep, so I got a good three layers.

Cook uncovered in a 170ºC (340ºF) oven for approx an hour until the noodles are soft and the top is golden brown.

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The photo bellow shows a small dish whose ingredients I snaffled from the Jus Sail stash as I wanted to taste it cooked. Course I did, and I wanted a completed look for you. It was delicious, just as I remembered. I know my girls will be calling saying “mum what about us???”

 Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne Dish

 

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Derek
    August 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Great flavor combo and pics! Thanks for the recipe.

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      Germaine
      August 27, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      You’re welcome Derek. Hope you make it soon

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    Tara | Smells Like Home
    August 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I’m a complete sucker for lasagna of all kinds but a good spinach version definitely ranks up near the top of my list. Gorgeous photos!

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    Germaine
    August 27, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks Tara. Hope you make it someday and let me know how you got on…

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    Caitlin
    August 27, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    You had me at spinach! I swear I could eat that veggie all day long! This looks delicious and can’t wait to give it a whirl. Thanks for sharing!

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    Tracy
    August 28, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I love this! I was looking for a spinach lasagna recipe the other day and couldn’t find one I liked – pinning this for later!

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      Germaine
      August 28, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Thanks Tracy. Let me know how you get on…

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    Binjal's VEG Kitchen
    August 29, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    looking so yummy! tempting me here!

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    cass0327
    August 30, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Wow this looks amazing! I love a lasagne loaded with cheese!!

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      Germaine
      September 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks Cassandra…

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    Lokness
    August 31, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    This looks so delicious! I really love lasagne. Would definitely have to try this spinach version!

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    Molly ~ EasycookingwithMollym
    September 1, 2015 at 3:35 am

    I’m literally drooling looking at them – they look so so so delicious.

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
    September 3, 2015 at 11:27 am

    This lasagna looks delicious! I have to make it someday. Love anything with spinach:)

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    Heather
    September 4, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I LOVE the use of spinach in this!! Great way to add the healthy to something so classic and comforting!

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      Germaine
      September 4, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks Heather. I use spinach quite a bit actually…love it

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