Spinach-Ricotta Pinwheel Lasagna

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  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Add lasagna noodles to 2 qts of piping hot salted tap water in a 9x13 baking dish. Soak until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain, stack and halve lengthwise to create 24 strips.
  • Add 5 garlic cloves and 2 tbsp oil to a Dutch oven on medium-high heat until garlic startes to sizzle. Add tomatoes and 1/2 C water (more or less for a sauce that is neither gloppy nor thin). Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer to blend flavors, about 10 minutes.
  • Put basil and remaining 3 garlic cloves and 1 tbsp of oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. When garlic starts to sizzle, add spinach. Saute until warm, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in ricotta and 1/2 C Parmesan.
  • To assemble -- spread 2 C tomato sauce in the 9x13 baking dish. Working 6 noodles at a time, spread a generous 2 tbsp of spinach filling on each lasagna strip. Roll up lengthwise to create a pinwheel shape. Place folded end down in dish. Repeat to make 4 rows of 6 noodles. Drizzle remaining 2 C of sauce over all, sprinkle with fontinella and remaining 1/4 C of Parmesan. Cover with a cooking-spray-coated sheet of aluminum foil.
  • Bake until bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove foil, and leaving pan on upper-midde rack, broil until golden, 3-5 minutes longer. Remove from oven; let rest 5 minutes. Serve with remaining tomato sauce.

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<p>I am a Yankee transplant to the low country. My mom was English, so my cooking style reflects this. My favorite cookbook was McCall's Cookbook which is no longer in print. I've been married to a gourmand for 41 years, so I get lots of practice cooking. We have three daughters that I share recipes with and seven grandchildren -- none old enough to cook yet, but I think we have some budding chefs!</p>
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