Steak and Spinach Lasagna

Recipe by Julesong
READY IN: 2hrs
SERVES: 10-12




  • Begin the meat sauce by whirring the tomatoes in the food processor to a puree of the texture you prefer; set aside.
  • If you are using un-ground steak, trim the meat of fat and gristle and grind it (we use the food grinder attachment on our KitchenAid).
  • In a heavy pan or pot, sauté the ground meat until browned, about 15 minutes.
  • Add the chopped onion, mushrooms, and garlic and sauté until the onion is transparent.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, oregano, brown sugar, balsamic, and the tomato puree, and bring to a boil; reduce temperature, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes then uncover and let reduce until thickened, another 15 minutes, then set your meat sauce aside (can be made a day ahead and stored in refrigerator).
  • Begin the cheese sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan over low heat, then while whisking sprinkle in the flour, salt, white pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne or Tabasco (if using); cook, whisking or stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Raise temperature to medium-high and gradually add milk, whisking continually, until well-incorporated; bring to a light boil then reduce heat to low and cook while stirring for 1 minute.
  • Remove sauce from heat, stir in the cheddar and Parmesan until cheeses melt; set aside (can be made a day ahead and stored in refrigerator - microwave cheese sauce for 2 to 3 minutes to make it easier to spread when assembling the lasagna).
  • Cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; lightly oil the bottom of a 11x9-inch baking dish or lasagna pan.
  • Begin assembling the lasagna (3 layers pasta, two layers of sauce mixtures): cover the bottom of the pan with one layer of 3 cooked lasagna noodles, then spread noodles with half of the meat sauce, then cover meat sauce with half of the cheese sauce.
  • If using frozen and thawed spinach, press or squeeze as much liquid out of it as possible; sprinkle cheese layer with the chopped fresh basil, then spread the fresh or frozen spinach over.
  • Top with another layer of 3 pieces cooked pasta, spread with remaining meat sauce, then remaining cheese sauce, and top with the final layer of 3 pieces cooked pasta.
  • Combine the grated cheddar and Parmesan in a bowl, then sprinkle it over the top of the lasagna.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes and the cheeses are bubbly and golden; remove from oven, let stand for 10 minutes, and serve with salad, garlic bread, and balsamic roasted asparagus.