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"This is the simplest lasagne I've ever made," says Rach. "It's really silly easy." It has a nice backstory, too. Rach served The Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, but since her mom only eats cod, she created this extra dish just for her. Layered with tomato sauce, spinach, ricotta, mozzarella and Parm, it was a big hit. And for those of you who don't eat meat, note that it's vegetarian!
Pro Tip from Rach: Although it's tempting, don't cut into the lasagne as soon as it comes out of the oven. It's important to let it rest for about 20 minutes so it can set up and hold its shape.
Combine spinach, ricotta cheese, egg, nutmeg and half of the Parm cheese.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Heat a saucepot with EVOO over medium-low heat and melt butter into oil. Add onions and garlic, season with salt and soften 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and break up canned cherry tomatoes or soften fresh 10 minutes more. Add passata, basil and sugar and simmer 20 to 30 minutes.
In a 9-by-13-inch casserole, arrange a layer of tomato sauce, pasta, ricotta and spinach, pasta, sauce, then repeat. Top layer is mozzarella and remaining Parm.
Cover and cook 45 minutes, then uncover and brown. Cool 20 minutes, cut and serve.