Polenta Lasagna

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When you feel like a classic comfort food dish to make for your family what do you make? Tacos? Barbecue chicken? Macaroni and cheese? Burgers? All of these are family favorites, but one dish my kids, family and friends will get the most excited about is lasagna. I make classic 12 Layer Lasagna with pasta, Crock Pot Mexican Lasagna made with tortillas and now this crazy good Polenta Lasagna.

Polenta Lasagna from weelicious.com

Have friends who try to stick to a gluten free diet? This is the recipe for them! Polenta is naturally gluten-free, but also a tasty canvas for layers of luscious red sauce (buy your favorite jar from the market or make homemade if you have time), ricotta cheese and irresistible mozzarella cheese that turns into perfection in every bite.

Polenta Lasagna from weelicious.com

The best part is that you can make this Polenta Lasagna the day before you need it, so all you have to do is bake it up before dinner or a get together with friends. It also makes a memorable potluck recipe as it feeds 8 people or more. Quickly, this Polenta Lasagna is going to become a class family favorite recipe your kids will ask for over and over again. Mark my words!

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Photos by Matt Armendariz

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Polenta Lasagna (serves 6-8)

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 50 mins

egg free

nut free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 10-ounce bags baby spinach
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch coins
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 18-ounce tube cooked polenta, sliced into 24 slices
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1 12-ounce jar roasted yellow peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 375F

2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add half the spinach and 1/2 the salt. Cook for about 3 minutes, until it is wilted. Add the rest of the spinach and cook an additional 3 minutes, until it is wilted. Transfer the spinach to a colander and drain out as much liquid as possible.

3. Add the zucchini to the saute pan and cook for 3 minutes. Add the zucchini to the colander and drain out as much liquid as possible.

4. In a small bowl, stir together the ricotta, egg yolks, and the remaining salt.

5. In a 9x13 inch deep baking dish, layer 1 cup marinara, 1/2 the polenta slices, 1/2 the spinach/zucchini mixture, 1/2 the peppers, 1/2 the marinara sauce, 1/2 the ricotta, 1/2 the mozzarella, and 1/2 the parmesan. Repeat layering to use the remaining ingredients.

6. Cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, and bake, uncovered, an additional 15-20 minutes, until heated through and the cheese is bubbly.

7. Remove from the oven and cool 10 minutes before serving.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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7 comments

  • Mary-Claire

    Yum!!! Can't wait to try this. Thank you for always creating delicious and simple meals! I finally tried out your Tex Mix rice patties the other day, and my daughters and husband LOVED them.

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    • McCord

      Score! That is so wonderful to hear! I hope you all love this one as well!

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  • Robin

    I made this recently and there was quite a lot of liquid. Just wondering what I did wrong? Should you remove most of the liquid from the vegetables? Maybe blot the spinach and peppers? I also used fresh mozzarella cheese. Thanks for your input!

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    • McCord

      Yes, remove as much liquid as possible from the veggies as it says in Step 3! :)

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  • Lauren Thomas

    Question- how do you drain the zucchini without turning it into mush? Or does that not matter?

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  • Sena

    I have a child with an egg allergy. Can this be made without the eggs? Or else can you recommend an egg substitute?

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  • Shawn

    I can't figure out why this recipe says 15 minutes prep time. It took me an hour and a half! I'm not the fastest person in the world but I'm pretty sure no one could do this in 15 minutes. Also, I followed the recipe to the "T" and I couldn't fit all of the ingredients in my 9X13 casserole dish. I had to leave out about 1/2 of the ricotta cheese, 1/2 of the peppers, and some of the sauce and it still overflowed in my oven. It does taste good despite this.

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