The Swingin’ Gourmets’ New Year’s Eve Lasagna
1 box (9 oz, 255g) no boil oven ready lasagna (I use Delallo 100% organic whole wheat lasagna)
1 recipe spicy marinara
1 recipe You’ll Be Buffaloed By This Vegan Mozzarella
16 ounces fresh organic spinach or 16 ounce package frozen organic spinach
1 cup unsalted matzoh meal (bread crumbs will work too)
2 fire roasted red bell peppers cut into 1/2 inch pieces
½ cup nutritional yeast
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper or more to taste
If you’re using fresh spinach make sure it’s organic and triple washed.
If using fresh spinach, steam it until the leaves are wilted. Do not overcook. Rinse under cold water and squeeze all of the excess water. If you are using frozen spinach put it in a fine mesh strainer and run under hot water until it is thawed. Squeeze out all the excess water.
Chop spinach and place in a mixing bowl.
Add ¾ cup of matzoh meal/bread crumbs, red peppers, nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper; mix thoroughly.
Preheat oven to 350oF. Make sure rack is in the middle of the oven.
Layering the lasagna
Evenly spread one to two cups of the spicy marinara in the bottom of a large Pyrex or oven proof oblong baking dish.
Dot the sauce with little clumps of about a quarter of the spinach filling mixture. Don’t worry about the clumps being uniform in size or in neat and tidy rows. You’re creating postmodern culinary art. Express yourself.
Place about 4 to 5 lasagna noodles over the spinach/sauce layer; overlapping the noodles to fit.
Spread a cup or two of the spicy marinara over the noodles. Repeat the spinach filling art project; and do the same with one quarter of the cheese. Sprinkle with a couple of tablespoons of the remaining matzoh meal as you would if you were using vegan parmesan cheese.
Start over with the next layer of lasagna noodles. Repeat this layering process two more times.
Cover with ovenproof parchment paper and then with aluminum foil.
Bake in the middle rack of the oven forty minutes.
Remove cover and bake another 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and let set for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Watch Hartglass & De Mattei, The Swingin’ Gourmets enjoy this lasagna on New Year’s Eve!