Spinach Matzo Lasagna
Made with matzo crackers, spinach, and a homemade white sauce, this cheesy lasagna is perfect as a Passover side dish or everyday family meal.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 1medium yellow onion (diced)
- 3cloves garlic (minced)
- 2teaspoons olive oil
- ½cup butter
- ¼cup all-purpose flour
- 1pint half-and-half
- ½cup heavy cream
- ½cup milk
- ¾cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
- 2cups frozen spinach (chopped)
- 1(32-ounce) container ricotta cheese
- 2teaspoon salt
- 2teaspoons pepper
- 8matzo crackers (lightly salted)
- ½cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
Step 1Gather the ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 F.
Step 2In a large pot, combine the butter and olive oil heat on medium-high until melted. Add the chopped onions and garlic and sauté until translucent and fragrant.
Step 3Add the flour and whisk until it is all incorporated. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. This will cook off the flour taste and help the sauce to thicken later on.
Step 4Add the half and half and heavy cream. Whisk until combined. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently until the mixture has thickened.
Step 5Stir the Parmesan cheese and frozen spinach into the white sauce. Heat on low heat until the spinach is warmed through and completely defrosted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a little milk if the sauce is too thick.
Step 6In a separate medium sized bowl, whisk together the ricotta cheese, egg, and salt and pepper.
Step 7Add a layer of the white spinach sauce to the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish.
Step 8Layer 2 matzo crackers on top of the sauce.
Step 9Add about a 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of the ricotta cheese mixture to the top of the crackers. Spread it out evenly. Then repeat with the sauce, matzo, and ricotta cheese.
Step 10Once you've reached the top of the casserole dish, top with the whole milk and mozzarella cheese.
Step 11Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and place it on a sheet tray in case it overflows while baking. Bake for 45 minutes or until bubbly. Remove the foil and allow the top to brown in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
Step 12Serve immediately and enjoy.