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Olive Garden Florentine Lasagna

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  • 1 pound fresh spinach
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped coarsely
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 2/3 cups Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 16 lasagna noodles
  • 4 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Marinara sauce or tomato-cream sauce as desired
  • Extra Parmesan cheese


  1. Steam spinach until tender; press out excess moisture and chop coarsely.
  2. Chop mushrooms and onions and mince garlic. Sauté over medium-high heat until onions are tender; drain excess liquid and cool.
  3. Mix ricotta cheese, 2/3 cup Parmesan, egg, salt, pepper, basil and oregano in large bowl.
  4. Add cooled spinach and mushroom-onion mixture and mix on low speed until just blended.
  5. Cook lasagna according to package directions; rinse under cool water and drain thoroughly.
  6. Place four lasagna strips in bottom of lightly oiled 9 x 13 inch pan, overlapping slightly. Top with 2 cups of spinach filling. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese and 1/3 cup Parmesan. Repeat layering two more times and top with remaining four lasagna strips. Spread 1 cup of marinara or tomato-cream sauce over top and cover tightly with foil.
  7. Heat oven to 350 degrees F and bake, covered, for 1 hour.
  8. Remove from oven and keep warm for at least 30 minutes before cutting.
  9. Top with extra Parmesan cheese.


Can be refrigerated a day in advance of baking if desired.


Posted by dizzybreez at Recipe Goldmine May 4, 2001.

Source: Abilene Reporter News 3/10/94

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