Spinach & Pesto Baked Lasagna

spinach pesto baked lasagna
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  • 4Servings


  • ice water
  • 1/2 teaspoon EVOO
  • 3/4 pound store-bought or homemade lasagna noodles
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk, warmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup store-bought or homemade pesto
  • 1 cup grated pecorino-sardo
  • 2 10 ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . Fill a large bowl with ice water and stir in the EVOO to help prevent the cooked noodles from shrinking.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the noodles until al dente; remove and transfer to the ice bath. Cut each noodle crosswise into 5-inch pieces, then transfer to a kitchen towel to drain.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and stir until smooth. Cook, stirring, until light golden, about 5 minutes. Working with about 1 cup at a time, whisk the warmed milk into the butter-flour mixture until very smooth. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking, until thickened, about10 minutes; remove from the heat. Season with the nutmeg. Transfer to a bowl and let cool. (If you want to make the sauce in advance, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.)

In a medium bowl, stir 2 cups of the sauce together with the pesto and cheese. Grease four 5- or 6-inch gratin dishes, then place 1 layer of noodles on the bottom of each. Top each with 2 tbsp. spinach and 2 tbsp. of the pesto sauce; add another layer of noodles. Continue layering until you have 4 layers of noodles and 4 layers of the spinach and pesto. Finish with a fifth layer of noodles, followed by a thin layer of pesto; sprinkle with the breadcrumbs. Place the dishes on a baking sheet and bake until bubbling and golden-brown on top, 20 to25 minutes. Serve immediately.