This beef, spinach and ricotta lasagne is sponsored by Perfect Italiano and its range of delicious cooking cheeses.
When it comes to weeknight meals, my love for lasagne is completely founded. You can make this Beef, Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne during the day and then finish it off at dinner, you can make it all in one hit, or you can make it and freeze it – it’s the ultimate in family friendly dinners.
This beef, spinach and ricotta version is even better because there is no stirring of béchamel and it means there is more time for whatever else needs doing at dinner time (homework, bath time, lunchbox prep for the next day!).
When I was asked about doing the #UglyPerfect campaign with Perfect Italiano, I thought immediately “that is totally our dinners!”- sometimes the ugliest of foods taste the best. Lasagne is one of those.
I’m always so nervous removing the first slice from the pan. Honestly give me a room full of people to talk in front of and I’m not fazed. Give me a lasagne to plate…and I’m a wreck.
It’s a rare evening when every slice comes out without collapsing, but that’s part of the beauty of it. The oozing, sliding cheese, the sauce erupting forth, it’s all part of the appeal. And it’s fork only food – the lasagne sheets are soft and the cheesy filling is smooth and oozy – all you need is a fork, an appetite and you’re ready.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a family favourite without some sneaky veggie hiding – there are zucchini, onion and 250 grams of spinach in this gorgeous meal. Serve it with veggies on the side (because then they think you aren’t smuggling any) and you’re set.
This recipe is such a family favourite, I’ve been making it FOREVER. There are 3 cheeses in this recipe, Perfect Italiano’s Ricotta, Parmesan and Mozzarella. They all have their own purpose. The ricotta mixed with the spinach helps to create the smooth saucy cheese layer where you would normally have a béchamel.
The parmesan helps to add flavour and also works to bind together the cheese layer. And the mozzarella? Well that’s there for stretchiness, brownability (I’ve invented a new word) and it helps to bring the whole dish together.
The Perfect Italiano range has you covered for all your cheesy oozy meals. Whether you’re baking cannelloni or making a quick midweek pizza, there is a cheese (or three!) for the job in their range – and they are pretty much always in your supermarket fridge, so no stress of finding cheese.
When it comes to dinner though, it’s about enjoying the meal. Having an opportunity to sit down and eat together is so important. The theatrics of stretchy oozy cheese is something my kids love, “see how long you can stretch it Mum!”.
With a lasagne this good you can expect cheese on chins, sauce on shirts and sneaky fingers wiping the plate clean.
If you make this (PLEASE DO!) snap a photo of it! Or send me any other #UglyPerfect meals your family loves- I’d love to see it. share on instagram using the hashtag #UglyPerfect