Here is a recipe that I go back to time and time again. Lasagna is hearty and usually full of fat and calories. This version is no different, but the heartiness comes from all the beautiful vegetables instead of meat. If you are lucky, you'll have leftovers, which are more flavorful the next day. Feel free to mix up the vegetables and add ones your family likes. Sometimes I'll use cottage cheese instead of ricotta cheese.
- 1 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1 medium)
- 1 cup chopped yellow pepper (about 1 medium)
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 4 zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
- 2 (8-ounce) packages of cremini mushrooms, sliced 2 cups
- (8-ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 1/2 cups fat-free ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup (2-ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 5 cups marinara sauce, divided
- 12 precooked lasagna noodles (about 8 ounces)
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add peppers and next 3 ingredients; sauté 10 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender and liquid evaporates. Add garlic, sauté 30 seconds.
- Combine 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, ricotta, 1/4 Parmesan, and egg, stirring well.
- Spread 1 cup marinara over bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, top with 3 noodles. Spoon 1 cup marinara evenly over noodles. Top evenly with one-third of ricotta mixture and one-third of vegetable mixture. Repeat layers twice, ending with noodles. Top with 1 cup marinara. Sprinkle evenly with 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan.
- Cover and bake at 350º for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Let stand 10 minutes. Yield 8 servings.
Calories: 378; Fat 11.4g; Protein 22.9g; Carb 46.5g; Fiber 5.9g; Chol 55mg; Iron 2.6mg; Sodium 667 mg, Calc. 434mg