Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna

Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna, made with store-bought tomato sauce, is a simple, delicious and balanced meal! This vegetarian lasagna recipe is the best kind of comfort food and can be made in advance for any evening or occasion.

vegetarian spinach lasagna on a white plate

Homestyle.

It’s a word I’ve used since I started cooking in college. I was obsessed with homestyle everything. And my definition of the word has changed throughout the years.

When I was in college, it meant making something for myself in my own kitchen instead of picking something up from the dining hall, the sorority house or a fast food restaurant. It didn’t necessarily mean the dish was made from scratch… it simply meant I spent some time on it in my own home.

When we were newlyweds, homestyle translated to making an entire meal from scratch. It also meant spending several hours in the kitchen. One day, we made our own pasta and simmered a bolognese sauce on the stovetop for hours, occasionally checking in with the sauce to confirm things were coming together the way we imagined.

It was a delicious definition, but it wasn’t sustainable.

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    Fast forward to today.

    We have an active 14-month-old daughter, and we no longer have time to spend all day in the kitchen.

    While Lady Baby enjoys food as much as we do, she has no interest in helping us cook yet.

    Furthermore, when she’s awake, we spend our time with her, so there’s not time to run into the kitchen to complete any food-related tasks. Those are saved for her mealtimes or naptime.

    Because of this, homestyle now means a delicious dish made with love.

    Four step pictures of preparing vegetarian spinach lasagna

    And today’s recipe I have for y’all?

    This Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna is a dish that can be pulled together in 30 minutes, thanks to a storebought tomato sauce.

    Hand holding jar of pasta sauce over vegetarian spinach lasagna

    How to make this Vegetarian Lasagna recipe

    First and foremost, sauté the spinach with garlic in a skillet.

    And while the spinach is wilting, combine the cottage cheese and ricotta in the food processor, blending until smooth.

    When the spinach is wilted, it’s time to layer on the lasagna!

    To start the layering process, you pour a little sauce onto the bottom of a baking dish.

    Next, add the lasagne noodles. Smear the cheese mixture onto the no boil noodles, and top with the spinach and the shredded mozzarella cheese. Top this with more sauce, and repeat two more times. Sprinkle additional mozzarella on the very top, then cover and bake!

    White plate of Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna in front of blue serving dish

    While you don’t spend all day making this lasagna — and who has the time to spend all day slaving in the kitchen over lasagna these days — this dish is definitely homestyle.

    Here’s how I made it:

    A spatula scoops up Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna from blue serving dish

     

    A spatula scoops up Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna from blue serving dish
    Yield: 8 servings

    Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna

    Prep Time: 30 minutes
    Cook Time: 45 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

    Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna, made with store-bought tomato sauce, is a simple, delicious and balanced meal! This vegetarian lasagna recipe is the best kind of comfort food and can be made in advance for any evening or occasion.

    Ingredients

    Lasagna

    • 46 oz. jarred tomato sauce
    • No Boil Lasagne Noodles
    • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded

    Spinach Layer

    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 5 oz. fresh baby spinach
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced

    Cheese Layer

    • 1 cup ricotta
    • 1 cup cottage cheese
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 2 teaspoons fresh oregano
    • ½ teaspoon dried basil or 1 teaspoon fresh basil
    • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

    Instructions

    Prepare the Sautéed Spinach

    1. In a large skillet of medium-high heat, heat the olive oil and add the minced garlic.
    2. When the garlic is sizzling, add the spinach.
    3. Cook the spinach until just wilted, then remove from the heat and set aside.

    Prepare the Cheese Layer

    1. In a food processor, combine the ricotta, cottage cheese, oregano, basil, black pepper and red pepper flakes.
    2. Process until smooth and combined, then set aside.

    Build and Bake the Lasagna

    1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
    2. In a 9" x 13" baking dish, spread a spoonful of the tomato sauce onto the bottom of the baking dish.
    3. On top of the tomato sauce, place three of the no boil lasagne noodles side by side, spreading across the dish.
    4. Take 1/3 of the cheese mixture, and spread it on top of the noodles.
    5. Sprinkle 1/3 of the spinach on top of the cheese mixture.
    6. Add 1/3 of the shredded mozzarella on top of the spinach.
    7. Top with more tomato sauce.
    8. Repeat two more times until three layers of lasagna are built in the baking dish.
    9. Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top of the tomato sauce.
    10. Cover the lasagna with aluminum foil, then transfer to the preheated oven.
    11. Bake 30 minutes, then remove the aluminum foil.
    12. Turn up the oven to 425°F, and bake the lasagna for 15 more minutes, or until the cheese on top is slightly browned, melted, and the rest of the dish is bubbling.
    13. Remove from the oven, and let cook for 15-20 minutes.
    14. Cut the lasagna into eight equal servings, and enjoy warm!

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1 serving

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 343Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 1316mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 5gSugar: 13gProtein: 19g

    Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    37 Comments

    1. This looks amazing!!! My kiddos are not meat eaters so this would be great for them, going to have to try it this week!

    2. My friend’s husband is vegetarian and so they’re always looking for new recipes that keep meat eaters and vegetarians alike happy! Will be passing this along to her 🙂

      1. Hooray! Lasagna and spinach together are such a great combination, and I hope your family enjoys this dish as much as mine did.

    3. I love your definition of homestyle- made with love! That’s a great way to put it. This lasagna dish sounds so delicious! We are looking to cut down on our consumption of meat, and this looks like a hearty and filling dinner where we wouldn’t miss it at all!

      1. Thank you, Theresa! I think that’s what it all comes down to for me: If it was made with love. Like y’all, we are looking to cut down on our consumption of meat, too, and this lasagna was hearty and filling enough that it was devoured in less than a day and a half!

    4. I love lasagna of all kinds and a shortcut here and there are definitely in order with busy lives and little ones! This looks delicious!

    5. I need to make a vegetarian dinner for a friend who is recovering from surgery. This will be perfect!

    6. This looks so great, Erin! I bet that sauce from Ragu is great in a pinch when you don’t have time to cook a from-scratch sauce. I need that in my life! But it would be so much simpler to just come over for dinner, right?!

      1. Thank you, Susannah! The Ragu really is great since I don’t have a ton of time to cook from-scratch sauce these days. Why don’t you live closer? You could’ve come over when we made this for dinner!

    7. I STILL use the same lasagna recipe inspired by our cooking together at LSU. Spinach mixed into ricotta and cottage cheese, homemade sauce (when I can – which is rarely), and no-bake noodles!

      1. I love that! That’s my go-to, as well, but like you, I hardly have time to make the homemade sauce these days. This is a fun spin on it with the same cheesy goodness. Y’all should give it a go!

    8. Vegetarian lasagna is one of my favorite dishes – can’t wait to try your recipe!

      1. Thank you, Jenny! There’s something so simple and wonderful about a vegetarian lasagna, and I’m so glad we have this one in our dinner rotation now. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

    9. Lasagna in 30 minutes? This is awesome! I like that this is a way to add some extra veggies to a meal, too.

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