Lasagna can be such a pain the butt to make. It's a worth while dish in the end, but when you're in a hurry, sometimes you want all the flavors without the prep.
And sometimes you want it to be healthy too. Lasagna isn't exactly a light dinner. As you can see, a majority of my posts are lower calories recipes - it's because I am a self proclaimed CALORIE COUNTER. Obsessed? Maybe. But I have also lost 11 pounds, am thinner than I have been in 10 years and I feel FABULOUS. So I am not in any hurry to run out and ruin that. After all, if you're going to have a major life change, it's important to look on the bright side. In this case, it's that I lost weight. Silver lining.
Inside out Lasagna:
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Substitutions: I added scallions because I am on scallions kick lately.
Cook pasta as directed on the package.
Heat up the oil in a pan on high heat, add the chopped onions, mushrooms, garlic and scallions. Sauté up until the mushrooms are soft and the onions are opaque-ish in color. Make sure you take some long, deep breaths. Your kitchen will smell amazing.
Why hasn't Yankee Candle come out with a sauted vegetable scented candle? They make every other flavor. Is that gross? Again, I am Quirky and okay with it.
Transfer to a sauce pan and add in your tomatoes and spinach. I also added a few dashes of dried basil and oregano. The recipe doesn't call for it, but I add these two to all my sauces to give it a nice flavor - less tomato-y. Add as much red pepper flakes as your little heart desires. Mine desired a kick.
Give it a good stir, incorporating the spinach into the tomatoes. Keep stirring - you want the spinach to wilt down and you don't want the sauce to burn.
Should look like this.... once the spinach had wilted down, I turned down the heat to low and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
All set! Pour generously over the pasta and add a few dollops of ricotta cheese on the top. Give it a solid mix up and Enjoy! This is a solid, no bake, tastes like lasagna recipe without the layering and without the calories.