About this recipe:My family tell me that this is the best spinach lasagne in the world so I thought I would share it!
2 shallots, minced
1 small onion, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
35g plain flour
850ml warm milk
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
75g grated Parmesan cheese
600g fresh spinach
225g cotage cheese
12 lasagne sheets
225g grated mozzarella cheese
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Method Prep:1hr › Cook:45min › Ready in:1hr45min
In a small saucepan melt butter. Add shallots, onion and garlic; cook gently for 3 to 4 minutes, until softened and golden in colour.
Stir in flour. Slowly add milk, stirring constantly. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and bay leaves. Allow the sauce to slowly come to the boil. Simmer over very low heat for 10 minutes until thick and creamy. Remove bay leaves and stir in 1/3 of the Parmesan cheese.
Meanwhile bring a large saucepan with salted water to the boil; blanch spinach for 30 seconds. Take out with a slotted spoon and set into a bowl with iced water. Drain well and set on kitchen paper to drain.
Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7.
In a blender or food processor, mix cottage cheese and 1 egg until smooth. Set aside - you will add this as to the middle layer of the lasagne.
Lightly grease a casserole dish with butter. Spread a thin layer of white sauce on the bottom of the dish; arrange 3 lasagne sheets on top of the sauce. Mix spinach with the rest of the white sauce and spread 1/3 on top of the first layer of lasagne sheets. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese.
Arrange 3 more lasagne sheets on top of the cheese. Add a layer of the spinach mixture and top with half of the grated mozzarella.
Layer with 3 more lasagne sheets, remaining spinach mixture. Spread the cottage cheese on top.
Finally, add 3 lasagne sheets and layer on remaining spinach mixture and grated mozzarella.
Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Turn oven to broil, uncover and broil until the cheese on top is browned. Take out of the oven, let rest for 10 minutes and serve.
Remove foil. Preheat oven grill and cook until the cheese on top melts and turns golden brown. Set aside for 10 minutes before serving.