I am so excited to share this recipe with you for this month’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal day. This is the FIRST Lasagna I’ve ever made! I was really nervous but it turned out to be perfectly creamy, cheesy, and delicious.
The Secret Recipe Club (secretly) pairs bloggers up with each other every month. We can pick ANY recipe that our assigned blogger has ever made, take it and try to make it ourselves. Everyone reveals their partner and the recipe on the same day so we can all see what has been made! This is the third month I’ve participated and I love it. It’s a great way to meet new bloggers, try new recipes, and get others to try yours too!
This month, I was given the assignment to try a recipe from Holly who is the amazing woman behind the blog PheMOMenon (adorable). Holly has three kids and the cutest Bulldog puppy, I don’t know how she does it all! I enjoyed reading her story including how she met her husband- he was her instructor on her very first skydive… love it!
After browsing so many recipes, I finally had to pick The Spinach Artichoke Crab Dip inspired Lasagna. While her original recipe sounds so outrageously tasty, I couldn’t cough up enough dough on this week’s shopping trip to buy good crabmeat… so I left that out. I also didn’t make the full size since I was only feeding three for dinner. What I ended up with was an amazingly cheesy, creamy, absolutely fabulous lasagna recipe that I am going to make again VERY soon. WOW!
I do have to thank Holly not only for the recipe but for the boost of confidence she gave me when her post warned me not to be discouraged by the “béchamel” I’d be making. It was so easy. Also, I loved her diagram of the lasagna… so cute.
Recipe slightly adapted from: PheMOMenon
For the béchamel:
3 cups 2% Milk
6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1 Shallot, chopped very fine
4 cloves Garlic, minced or chopped very fine
1/4 cup AP Flour
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 teaspoon freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
1 12oz package shredded Cheese- Italian/Pizza mix or Mozzarella, divided (about 2 cups for the sauce and another cup for the topping)
For the Filling:
1 lb package Frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed and drained/squeezed dry (I used fresh spinach, cooked it, and then drained and chopped)
1 12-oz jar Marinated Artichoke, drained and chopped into small pieces
For the Lasagna:
1 box Barilla Oven Ready Lasagne Noodles
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9x13x3 inch pan with Cooking Spray and set aside.
2. Place a dutch oven or large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and melt completely. Add shallots and garlic to the butter and cook for 3 minutes until softened.
3. (Make the Bechemel! Key here is whisking) Add the flour to the pan and cook while whisking for 3 minutes. Slowly add the milk while continuing to whisk. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5-7 minutes or until a little bubbly and slightly thickened (the cheese will make it a lot thicker, it will be more of a gravy-like consistency at this point). Whisk in the salt, pepper and red pepper if using.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and add all but about 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is thick and smooth. (You’re going to want to go swimming in this stuff at this point. OMG) Stir in the drained/dried chopped spinach, chopped artichokes and stir to combine.
5. I had 15 sheets of Lasagna in my box. I did mine with 4 layers of sauce, 3 layers of noodles (slightly overlapping), and 1 layer of cheese.
Order: Sauce – Noodle – Sauce – Noodle – Sauce – Noodle – Sauce – CHEESE!
6. Cover the baking dish with foil. Bake for 50 minutes, then remove the foil and let bake for another 10-15 min to brown the top a bit, depending on how you like it. Remove the pan and let it rest for 5 minutes or so before serving.
**Pay attention!** The original recipe was for two lasagnas which would be way too much for us. I split the recipe in half. I totally did not have enough filling. SO, learn from my mistake (not fatal, but should be corrected) and double the bechemel/filling and use a smaller baking dish in order to have a more perfect lasagna. Like I mentioned, this is also the first time I’ve ever made one, so there has to be some learning curve, right?! (I should have listened and just made the whole batch and eaten the rest as dip or with a spoon!!!)
I made this for Myself, Dave, and our friend Diana and the three of us devoured it. It is seriously so good. Like I mentioned above, I didn’t have enough sauce to completely cover the bottom of the dish which made the first layer crispy. Of course this made it taste freakin’ amazing… but in terms of lasagna, it certainly wasn’t supposed to happen!
Thanks Holly for such an awesome recipe!!! I can’t wait to read more of your blog 🙂
Click below to see so many other creative/delicious recipes from today’s SRC Reveal: