In Italian, verdi means "green", and green spinach pasta is what gives this recipe its name. You can use plain pasta if you prefer.
- 9 dried spinach or Plain lasagne noodles or 3 portions homemade pasta
- For the Bolognese Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Dash pepper
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
If using homemade pasta, roll each portion of dough to a 12 x 9-inch rectangle. Cut into three 12 x 2 1/2-inch noodles.
FOR THE BOLOGNESE SAUCE:
In a small saucepan melt margarine or butter. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat till thickened and bubbly. Stir in ricotta cheese.
In a large saucepan or pasta pot bring 3 quarts water to boiling. Add pasta. Reduce heat slightly. Boil, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes for dried pasta or 2-3 minutes for fresh, or till al dente, stirring occasionally. (Or, cook according to package directions.) Immediately drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again.
Spread 1/2 cup of the Bolognese sauce in the bottom of a greased 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange one third of the noodles on top of the sauce. Spread with half of the remaining Bolognese sauce. Sprinkle with half of the mozzarella and half of the Parmesan. Add another layer of noodles and all of the ricotta mixture. Repeat layers with remaining noodles, Bolognese sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan.
Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for 30 minutes, or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
461 calories; 25g total fat; 76mg cholesterol; 557mg sodium; 31g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 26g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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