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Friday, September 3, 2010

Guilt-Free Lasagna

submitted by Michelle


9 lasagna noodles

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 medium zucchini, sliced

1 medium eggplant, sliced

2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes

1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

16 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese


1. Prepare the lasagna noodles according to directions. When cooked through, set aside on paper towels to dry.

2. Sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms, zucchini and eggplant, and cook until tender. Mix in the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Season with spices. Simmer for five to 10 minutes.

3. In a small bowl mix together the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses.

4. Evenly coat the bottom of a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with about a half cup of the sauce. Remove another half-cup of the sauce and set aside.

5. To assemble the lasagna: Top the sauce in the baking dish with an even layer of noodles, cutting to fit the pan if necessary. Spread half of the cheese mixture over the lasagna noodles. Then layer with half of the remaining sauce mixture. Repeat.

6. Top the final layer of noodles with the reserved half-cup of sauce. Sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese.

7. Cover with tin foil and bake in a 350°F oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 20 minutes until the cheese has browned.

Serves: 9

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