Spinach ball lasagne served in a casserole dish

Spinach ball lasagne

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins Plus 30 mins chilling

Easy

Serves 6

Try this lasagne with spinach and cheese for a meat-free family meal. it's freezable so you can make it ahead - or you could buy a white sauce for ease

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal562
  • fat32g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre5g
  • protein17g
  • salt1.3g
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Ingredients

  • 300g frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
    Spinach

    Spinach

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    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 2 tbsp butter
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 whole nutmeg, for grating
    Nutmeg

    Nutmeg

    nut-meg

    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 100g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 50g vegetarian hard cheese, grated, plus a little more for the top
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 130g vegetarian pesto
  • 6 dried lasagne sheets
  • basil leaves, to garnish (optional)

For the white sauce

  • 50g butter
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g plain flour
  • 500ml milk

    Milk

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Method

  1. First, make the white sauce. Melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the plain flour. Stir continuously until a paste forms and continue cooking for 2 mins. Add the milk to the roux gradually, stirring as you go, until you get a smooth sauce. Keep cooking for 5-10 mins more, stirring continuously, until the sauce has thickened. Leave to cool.

  2. To make the spinach balls, cook the spinach in the butter until it is warmed through, then stir in a grating of nutmeg and the garlic. Fry for a minute, then stir in the breadcrumbs and cheese. Tip into a dish and stir in the egg to form a stiff paste. Wet your hands and roll about 18 spoonfuls of the mixture into balls. Put them on a baking tray and chill for 30 mins.

  3. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Fry the spinach balls in batches in the oil until lightly browned. Spoon some white sauce into the base of a medium baking dish and tip in six spinach balls. Drizzle over 2 tsp pesto, then place half the lasagne sheets on top, overlapping, add more white sauce, six more spinach balls, then a little more pesto. Place the remaining lasagne sheets on top, cover with white sauce, then dot over the last six spinach balls. Drizzle over more pesto and scatter over the remaining cheese. Bake for 30 mins or until the lasagne sheets are cooked through. Scatter over some basil leaves, if you like.

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rosalindgibson
3rd Feb, 2019
1.05
What a disappointment - worst dinner I have ever made. Needs a sauce to allow the lasagne sheets to cook. Thankfully, I added mozzarella so was able to use some of it.
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