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Sun-dried Tomato, Spinach & Artichoke Wonton Lasagna

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I saw a recipe just last week for wonton lasagna from my friend Erica over at Itsy’s Kitchen. This girl is a cutie with her pregnant belly and her pregnant cravings are hands down exceptional when it comes to the idea of wonton lasagna. Now we all know I like to make a recipe my own and mix and mingle ingredients that normally not dance together at a party so I took the idea and inspiration of Erica’s wonton lasagna and made it Belleicious!

First things first, let me say it was completely new to me that you could even make lasagna using wontons. Of course!  It makes since now after the fact, but I had never thought of it before and I wish I had been that person to create this masterpiece from the beginning. Alas, I wasn’t the inventor but I am the creator of the most delicious insanely flavorful wonton lasgna you have ever put in your mouth- not to mention EASY,EASY,EASY!

It was a Friday that I decided to make this dish and I knew the hubby couldn’t eat meat because of Lent, so I decided to do a veggie take on the dish and use garlic sauteed spinach with sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes. The sauce was a red pepper infused marinara sauce that just popped with a hint of spiciness. It was the perfect accompaniment to the veggies. The artichokes gave a meatiness to the dish but I do have to say I had about 3 large servings before enough was enough for me! LOL! So what about the ricotta? I am so glad you asked! I gave myself a little pat on the back for thinking of this one idea because it just kicked the whole dish up a notch. For the ricotta filling I used freshly chopped thyme and fennel with about a tsp or two of the juice from the can of sun-dried tomatoes. Note: Always buy the sun-dried tomatoes in the can of olive oil not just simply in a  package . The olive oil has a nice infused flavor of sun-dried tomatoes and can be used for so many different things. Same with jalapeño juice. If you have to use jarred jalapeños. Keep the juice even after the jalapeños are gone!

Nothing could have been easier than layering the lasagna. I made EVERYTHING and I do mean I made everything before hand that morning so at lunch I could pull it all together and pop it in the fridge only to take it out 30 minutes prior to dinner and bake. Can we say yes? There was no worrying do I use the no boil or boil lasagna sheets. I took my cute little wonton wrappers and in pairs of two sheets I placed them over the sauce, layered it with sun-dried tomatoes, ricotta cheese mixture and artichokes and hit the repeat button 2 more times. Incorporating Havarti and smoked mozzarella cheese into the dish and on top was the final touch to an already fantastic dish.

I will be submitting this dish to Presto Pasta Nights this week which will be hosted at Sweet Artichoke.

2 things before ya’ll go: For the giveaways conducted on this site I always email the winners privately and communicate that way. I have found it was easier than remembering to announce the winners on each post. I just wanted to tell you all that. Secondly, don’t forget about the Recipe Challenge next Wed. It is going to be tons of fun this time around. I have not made my dish but plan to do so on Friday. I am kinda nervous about it! If you want to participate simply send me a pic of your post and or come by that day and enter your post in the new LINKY widget I will have for ya’ll. Don’t forget to mention the Recipe Challenge in your post that Wed and link back to me- as I will do the same for you! Get your thinking caps on and surprise yourself and me with what you can do!

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Sun-dried Tomato, Spinach & Artichoke Wonton Lasagna

Ingredients:

1 package of wonton wrappers

1 package of frozen spinach

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 jar of sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, roughly chopped

10 ounces of artichoke hearts, roughly chopped

3 TBSP each of fresh basil, thyme and fennel

12 ounces of ricotta cheese

2 tsp of the sun-dried tomato olive oil juice

1 cup smoked mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 cup Havarti cheese, shredded

1 1/2 tsp salt and pepper each

For the Red Pepper Marinara Sauce:

1 large can of crushed tomatoes

1 TBSP Spanish thyme

1 tsp salt and pepper each

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cajun seasoning

1 jar of roasted red bell peppers

Directions:

Make your sauce by roughly chopping the roasted red peppers and simmering them in a large sauce pan with the crushed tomatoes, minced garlic and the rest of the ingredients. You could add in the flavor of onions, celery,etc but I just wanted to keep it simple. Bring to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile we can make the ricotta cheese mixture. Mix your ricotta cheese with 1-2 tsp of the sun-dried tomato oil, the 3 TBSP of thyme, fennel and basil and 1 tsp of salt and pepper each. Set aside.

Saute your spinach in 3 cloves of garlic for 6-8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Spread a thin layer of the sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Top with a layer of wonton wrappers (double the wrappers up for one layer). Spread with the spinach then ricotta cheese mixture, followed by the sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, and lastly shredded cheese. Repeat with sauce, wrappers, spinach, ricotta cheese and veggies. Ending with a layer of wonton wrappers then sauce then shredded cheese.

Bake, covered with foil for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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45 Comments

  1. Lindsay Rudolph

    I love the idea of wontons for lasagna! I had never thought about it either, however I haved used wontons for ravioli before. Lasagna and ravioli are both noodles, so that makes sense. Love what you did with this! Now I want to check out Erica’s recipe too! 🙂 Hang in there with the pictures. At least the food pics are there!!

    13 . Apr . 2011
  2. Maris (In Good Taste)

    This is a fantastic recipe. I love the creativity.

    13 . Apr . 2011
  3. Erica

    Yayyyyyyyy! Looks fabulous! Love your re-creation! Whoop! Isn’t it so yummy? I couldn’t believe how well the wontons worked. Hope you have a great day 😉

    13 . Apr . 2011
  4. Velva

    This is a beautiful way to enjoy lasagna. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

    13 . Apr . 2011
  5. marla

    Love what you did with this lasagna!! Excellent idea with the wonton wrappers.

    13 . Apr . 2011
  6. Amy

    I love this idea of lasagna and sun-dried tomatoes. I like that you didn’t go with pesto but just a spicy pepper sauce

    13 . Apr . 2011
  7. Roxanne

    Love this girl!Oh I can;t wait to make it for the family this weekend- in fact not sure if I can wait that long- might have to do it tomorrow!

    13 . Apr . 2011
  8. To the Kitchen

    wonton lasagna. genius! I love it. Check out my giveaway today- pretty sure you’ll like it considering it has to do with pasta! LOL!

    13 . Apr . 2011
  9. alison

    What a beautiful and fun dish. I can just taste the artichokes and tomatoes together. I loved that you sauteed the spinach before layering it in the dish! great idea

    13 . Apr . 2011
  10. Sally G.

    I heart anything with artichokes so I am all in on this one. Might need to check out the blog sweet artichoke since I heart them so much! LOL!

    13 . Apr . 2011
  11. anne

    oh super yum!! And I’m trying to be patient with photobucket as well, it’s getting harder though! 🙂 anne

    13 . Apr . 2011
  12. daphne

    What an awesome idea! U rock in being creative 😉 I would love to have this on this cold night.

    13 . Apr . 2011
  13. Strawberry CAKE

    Hang in there. Your photos are so gorgeous and the lasagna looks so yummy I didnt even notice! Have a great day : D

    13 . Apr . 2011
  14. heather

    veggie lasagna is my favorite and this dish looks so amazing! I can’t wait to try it

    13 . Apr . 2011
  15. Tessa

    What a genius idea to use the wonton wrappers. I’m not sure I would have ever come up with anything other than the traditional noodles (okay, maybe flour tortillas). I love the combination of flavors that you added to it as well. Artichokes + sun-dried tomatoes + spinach = yummy!

    13 . Apr . 2011
  16. Mary at Deep South Dish

    I noticed that on somebody else’s site yesterday with Photobucket – odd that’s it’s still offline like that. Hope they clear it up soon for you!

    Very creative recipe that looks delicious! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit today too & hope you have a great rest of the week!

    13 . Apr . 2011
  17. Bonnie

    I’m intrigued! I’m printing up the recipe and will be putting it on our table!!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Best,
    Bonnie

    13 . Apr . 2011
  18. Torrie @ a place to share...

    Such a thorough post Jessica… covered all point of information (love it). Sorry, sometimes I put my “field implementation manager” hat on, and can’t help but give feedback- since I no longer do it for a living!!

    Annnnyways– You weren’t kidding, my friend. Mouthwatering, creative, and such a great combination of flavors!!! I wish I was over on Friday!

    I look forward to the exchange next week!

    13 . Apr . 2011
  19. Lanie

    Awesome dish. So glad I saw this because I need to make something special for Friday night! Thanks as always for another great recipe

    13 . Apr . 2011
  20. Shellie

    I love this. Just found your blog and I am now a follower for sure. Can’t wait to see all your other recipes!

    13 . Apr . 2011
  21. Mary Elizabeth

    OMG! This looks so freakin good! I am amazed at your photos and so impressed with the food! Love the use of wontons and artichokes. Not sure if I have ever had artichokes in my lasagna before?

    13 . Apr . 2011
  22. NutsintheKitchen

    I am obsessed with all things sun-dried! Sometimes I can find sun-dried jalapenos and green peppers! Amazing. I can’t wait to try out this dish. Full of amazing flavors!

    13 . Apr . 2011
  23. Shea

    Wontons for lasagna, who’d have thought? Great idea–this looks amazing!

    13 . Apr . 2011
  24. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

    ohmygosh im so excited for another wonton wrapper recipe! they are all over blogs lately and I have a pack in my fridge waiting to be made into lovely things! <3 Thanks Jessica!

    14 . Apr . 2011
  25. Emily

    Wow, this looks awesome! I would have never thought to use won tons. That’s a great idea!

    14 . Apr . 2011
  26. Aleks

    Looks delicious! Thanks for stopping by my recipe blog and leaving the lovely comment! I love lasagna. I have a recipe for a turkey, spinach and mushroom lasagna I have memorized but I need to break out of the mold and try something new. I am following you 🙂

    14 . Apr . 2011
  27. Lindsay

    holy.shmoly. this looks fabulous!

    14 . Apr . 2011
  28. SARA

    looks yumm-o!

    14 . Apr . 2011
  29. sweetlife

    I would have never thoguht to use won tons, a perfect lenten idea!! love that you made it your own!!

    sweetlife

    14 . Apr . 2011
  30. Sweet Artichoke

    What an innovative lasagna! I like this idea of using wonton wrappers! And yum, ricotta and artichoke are totally irresistible!
    thanks for sending it to PPN!

    14 . Apr . 2011
  31. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    What a fun idea! This sounds just so tasty!

    14 . Apr . 2011
  32. Candace

    omygoodness! I’m inviting myself to your house for dinner when I go see my mom this summer. We’re friends like that, right? And you will make this for me too, huh? This looks amazing, girl! Love it.

    14 . Apr . 2011
  33. MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College

    Wow gorgeous ingredients! I totally love her blog, she is too cute! Your interpretation of this is awesome. I had no idea lasagna could be made with wontons either, so cool.

    14 . Apr . 2011
  34. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    How creative! I would have never thought to use wonton wrappers, but it looks like it totally works!

    14 . Apr . 2011
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  36. Joanne

    Dang I would never have thought of this! I love your veggie mix-ins…I’ve been craving artichokes something fierce! And this looks wonderful.

    15 . Apr . 2011
  37. erica@fashionmeetsfood

    Seriously… how creative can you be. I have some wonton wrappers in the frig left over from eggrolls I made. I am definitely giving this a try!

    xo

    15 . Apr . 2011
  38. judee@glutenfreeA-Z

    I love all of the ingredients in this recipe It looks SO good. I am your newest follower. I hope you will visit me and follow me back.

    15 . Apr . 2011
  39. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh my goodness this looks fantastic!! I am looking so forward to making this soon. ( like today!! )

    15 . Apr . 2011
  40. Allison @ Alli n Son

    This sounds amazing. Especially with all of that cheese. Did you remember that I’m craving cheese with this pregnancy?

    15 . Apr . 2011
  41. Mary

    Wontons for lasagna? Who knew?

    15 . Apr . 2011
  42. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    I’ve made ravioli with wontons but never lasagna- that’s a great idea! And that’s a tasty looking lasagna too- I love the artichokes in it. So delicious!

    15 . Apr . 2011
  43. Vivienne

    wontons in lasagna? that’s probably the most creative thing i’ve heard in a long time….would’ve never occurred to me to put an asian wrapper in an italian dish 🙂 would be perfect for a lazy/busy day haha.

    16 . Apr . 2011
  44. pigpigscorner

    oo never thought of it too!

    16 . Apr . 2011
  45. Roz

    What a wonderful lasagna recipe that I’m so glad that you shared last week on Fresh Clean and Pure Friday/Seasonal Saturday. I selected to feature it today and hope you can stop by to view it and maybe share another great post. Have a wonderful Easter! Roz

    21 . Apr . 2011

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