I love the unusual combination of flavors in this lasagna, which reminds me of a Provençal gratin. In addition to adding flavor and color, the baby spinach is a great time saver as it doesn’t require pre-cooking
Yield: Serves 8
2 tbsp (25 ml) butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 lb (500 g) mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3½ cups (875 ml) quartered artichoke hearts, packed in water, drained, or thawed if frozen
¾ cup (175 ml) dry white wine or vegetable stock
12 oven-ready lasagna noodles
2½ cups (625 ml) ricotta cheese
2 cups (500 ml) baby spinach
2½ cups (625 ml) shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup (125 ml) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Large (minimum 5 quart) slow cooked, greased
1. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook, stirring, just until mushrooms begin to release their liquid. Stir in artichokes and wine and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, for 1 or 2 minutes, until liquid reduces slightly. Set aside.
2. Cover bottom of slow cooker stoneware with 4 noodles, breaking to fit where necessary. Spread with half of the ricotta, half of the mushroom mixture, half of the spinach, one-third each of the mozzarella and Parmesan. Repeat. Arrange final layer of noodles over cheeses. Pour any liquid remaining from mushroom mixture over noodles (see Notes) and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and mozzarella. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours or on High for 3 to 4 hours, until hot and bubbling.
Unlike many recipes for lasagna, this one is not terribly saucy. As a result, the noodles on the top layer tend to dry out. Leave a small amount of the cooking liquid from the mushroom mixture behind in the pan, after adding to the slow cooker. Pour that over the top layer of noodles, particularly around the edges, where they are most likely to dry out.
Use white or cremini mushrooms or a combination of the two in this recipe.
Make ahead: This dish can be prepared the night before it is cooked. Refrigerate overnight in slow cooker stoneware and cook as directed.