Before Christmas, I shared with you all a few recipes I intended to make for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As promised, I now want to share how they all turned out!
You may remember that the main event was a Spinach and Prosciutto Lasagna from Martha Stewart. After reading the reviews, I omitted quite a few things and added others. I also made mine a lot bigger since the original only made 4 servings. Not nearly enough leftovers for the amount of work, I think!
Here’s what you need:
- 2 (10 oz.) packages of spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 16 oz. ricotta cheese
- 4 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto, diced
- Lasagna noodles
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 1/2 jars of tomato sauce
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 9 button mushrooms, sliced
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 green bell pepper (optional)
- 3/4 red bell pepper (optional)
- 3/4 yellow bell pepper (optional)
Here’s what you do:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Over medium high heat, saute your onion and mushrooms in olive oil for 3-4 minutes. Add your spices and saute another minute or so. You don’t need to cook the veggies too long, since they will finish cooking in the oven. Set aside to cool slightly.
In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, spinach, garlic, and cooled veggies. Set aside. Also in a medium bowl, thoroughly mix your diced prosciutto with your tomato sauce. Set aside. You can use any sauce you’d like, we combined a four cheese sauce and a basil marinara, both from Trader Joes.
In a 9×13 casserole dish, spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan. Then place a layer of noodles on top. I used no boil noodles because that’s all Trader Joes had, but either will do! If you do use no boil noodles, I highly suggest soaking them in hot water for 5-10 minutes before working with them. This will make them more pliable, and help to ensure they will cook all the way through.
Evenly crumble 1/3 of the spinach and ricotta mixture on top of your noodles, and then spread 1/4 of the remaining sauce. Repeat noodles, mixture, sauce two more times. Place one more layer of noodles on top, the last 1/4 of your sauce, and then top with shredded mozzarella.
Now, if you did see my previous Christmas recipe post or just went to my Pinterest board, you know I planned to create a Christmas tree topper for my lasagna. That’s where those optional bell peppers come in! You’ll want to slice the green peppers, dice and create a tree stump from the red pepper, and dice and create a star from the yellow pepper. I thought it was pretty awesome looking, what do you think?
With or without the topper, bake uncovered until brown, about 35-40 minutes. Then let stand 5 minutes before serving and enjoy! My recipe will make about 12 servings, and Daniel said it was the best lasagna he’s ever eaten!
Here are a few pictures of our tasty lasagna and our Christmas Eve!
We served our lasagna with garlic bread and salad, and plenty of wine, of course!
For dessert, as I suspected, we were too tired to make this peppermint bark cheesecake. So sadly I can’t tell you if it was delicious or a fail, BUT I can tell you that the frozen cheesecake sampler from Trader Joes is worth a try! It comes with 2 slices of 3 different kinds of cheesecake, and all you have to do is thaw it for an hour on the counter. A great find if you want something easy!
We did make breakfast and mimosas for Christmas morning though! We made cranberry mimosas, and they were pretty tasty, although the orange juice really overpowered the cranberry. I think next time we make them I’ll fill the glass with mostly cranberry juice and add just a splash of orange.
We had a few unused glasses already rimmed with green sugar from our holiday party, and Daniel had the brilliant idea to use them that morning. I LOVE how festive they look!
We also made baked french toast and baked bacon!
I followed this french toast recipe exactly, and it turned out beautifully! The top is the perfect french toast consistency, and the bottom has a delicious buttery brown sugar sauce – it didn’t even need syrup! This was the first time I had ever baked bacon in the oven, while I wouldn’t say it made the clean up any quicker, it did produce an entire pan of perfectly crisp bacon. So I definitely think I will be cooking it in the oven from now on!
Well, it’s always a little sad to see Christmas come and go. It was a very relaxing and quiet Christmas with my best friend and love, and all around favorite person in the world. It will be a Christmas that I will cherish forever!