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Spinach Lasagna - Saute the spinach first?

Reston Mar 27, 2013 11:03 AM

I want to make a spinach lasagna, but I'm not sure if I should saute the spinach first. Some recipes say to saute, but others don't. Also, would baby spinach be ok?

  1. dave_c Mar 27, 2013 11:05 AM

    I recommend to saute the spinach.

    Baby spinach should be fine too.

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      youareabunny Mar 27, 2013 11:09 AM

      Need to get the moisture out. Also the volume will greatly diminish.

      1. Njchicaa Mar 27, 2013 11:28 AM

        Yes. I use baby spinach. I saute onions and garlic first and then add the spinach. It is important to cook it down and then drain well (or wring out in a towel) to get the excess moisture out or you will have soupy lasagna.

        1. Caitlin McGrath Mar 27, 2013 11:28 AM

          Definitely sauté, then squeeze the extra moisture out, as youareabunny says. Spinach has a lot of water that you don't want seeping into the lasagne as it bakes.

          1. Bacardi1 Mar 27, 2013 11:31 AM

            Definitely cook & then press or squeeze the excess moisture out.

            If you're using frozen spinach, you can thaw it without cooking, press/squeeze out the excess moisture, & use it.

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              Reston Mar 27, 2013 03:15 PM

              Thanks all. I will saute!

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                Christnp Mar 27, 2013 03:29 PM

                I'm a big fan of using fresh veggies, but using frozen spinach is a really good option for lasagna and stuffed pastas. Just cook it according to package directions (maybe a tad less), drain it then and squeeze out as much water as possible.

                Spinach cooks way down and you'll need to saute a mountain of it (possibly in multiple batches) if you want a substantial amount in your dish.

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