Spinach lasagne

Spinach lasagne

30 min
Using ready-made sauces and fresh pasta sheets, this lasagne is a quick and easy solution for dinner on a busy weeknight.


  • Set the oven to 225°C (regular).
  • Peel and chop the garlic. Add butter to a frying pan and sauté the garlic and spinach. Stir in the pasta sauce.
  • Alternate layers of the spinach mixture, cheese sauce and lasagne sheets in a greased ovenproof dish. Sprinkle the cheese over the last layer.
  • Bake in the lower part of the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Spinach lasagne

Why is my spinach lasagne watery?
This could be due to various reasons, the first being a watery pasta sauce. This recipe uses store-bought sauces and is relatively fool-proof as a result. If you’re making them from scratch, however, you’re looking for a thick consistency for both the cheese and pasta sauce. This is especially important for lasagne with spinach (or any other vegetable with a high water content) as it will inevitably release moisture during the cooking process. A top tip is to cook and drain these ingredients before adding to your lasagne.
Can I use fresh, instead of frozen, spinach in lasagne?
Definitely. Keep in mind, however, that spinach contains a lot of water and can make your lasagne watery if you add the leaves directly to the dish. Avoiding this is as easy as cooking and draining the spinach before adding it to your lasagne.
How many layers should a spinach lasagne have?
The largest lasagne ever made weighed an impressive 4,865 kg, measured 25x2.5m and was served in 10,000 individual portions. While the total amount of layers is unknown, this Guinness World Record proves that there is no strict rule to how big, small, short, or tall your lasagne can be. Traditionally speaking, however, a classic Italian lasagne will typically have 3-4 layers for the perfect pasta-filling-sauce ratio in every bite.
Should I cover lasagne with foil while baking?
While not a must, a covered lasagne will retain more moisture and allow the dish to cook perfectly without drying out. To achieve that crispy, golden brown top layer of cheese, simply pop the finished and uncovered dish under the broiler for a few minutes.


Leaf spinach
250 g
Garlic cloves
1 tbsp
Pasta sauce (approx. 400 g)
1 jar
Pasta sauce, mild cheese
400 ml
Fresh lasagne sheets
Grated cheese, gratin
70 g

A classic lasagne with a green twist

While the true origin of lasagne is likely ancient Greece, it is the Italian pasta, ragu and bechamel combination that eventually became the most famous and popular. As it travelled the country, and the globe, its list of ingredients evolved and expanded into more iterations than you can probably imagine.

Different toppings and variations to customise your lasagne

Entire cookbooks are dedicated to this dish, illustrating just how versatile and loved lasagne is. The most traditional is of course the meat-based version that layers a saucy ragu with a creamy bechamel and al dente pasta sheets. Lasagna alla Norma is a popular variation from Sicily where fried eggplant replaces the pasta sheets, and a creamy ricotta is added to the layering. From Italy’s Marche region, vincisgrassi doesn’t have a definitive recipe but typical ingredients for the ragu include pancetta, prosciutto, and chicken giblets. Cheese will always be your best option from a topping perspective and we recommend anything from parmesan and torn buffalo mozzarella to Romano cheese and creamy ricotta.

Hide the greens from picky eaters

A tomato-based pasta sauce offers the perfect hiding place for spinach with the reds and greens combining into an inconspicuous brown that will fool even the most suspicious of eaters. One of the easiest methods is to add the cooked and drained leaves to the pasta sauce and blend it to a smooth purée. Finely chopping the spinach and adding it to the pasta sauce is also a good alternative and the ingredient will be difficult to distinguish when layered into the lasagne. If any questions do arise, the fine greens can relatively easily be explained away as an innocent herb. For both these methods, we recommend that you slightly reduce the amount of spinach to safely sail under the radar.

Store your leftover lasagne like this

Leftovers can be stored for up to four days in the refrigerator. Make sure that you use an airtight container and that it’s tightly sealed to prevent the cold air from drying out the dish.