Sunday, October 26, 2008

Veggie Lasagna!

We're big pasta lovers in this house and especially when it comes to a hot comforting lasagna straight out of the oven. But I like making different versions , not always sticking to the same plain ol' lasagna....this is a vegetable lasagna but you can certainly add in some ground beef or sausage or chicken or whatever you wish.

The original recipe comes from Mennonite Girls Can Cook.

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VEGGIE LASAGNA


1 large red onion. . chopped fine
2 cloves of garlic. .minced
4 cups of sliced mushrooms
1 medium zucchini diced
1 bell pepper diced. . any color will do
1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
1 jar of tomato pasta sauce. . 22 ounce or 700 ml.
1 19 ounce can or 540 ml. of diced herb tomatoes
1/2 cup of shredded fresh basil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
a good grind of fresh black pepper

12 oven ready lasagna noodles
and mozzerella cheese (light if you are wanting to cut calories)


Spray a lasagna pan with Pam.
In a large heavy pot, either spray with pam or put a tablespoon of olive oil in the pot.
Saute the onions and garlic a few minutes add the recest of the veggies and seasoning and simmer about 10 minutes.

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Add the Pasta sauce undrained tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar.


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At this point I added in some maple breakfast sausage

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Let it simmer about 20 minutes on low


Cheese and Spinach Layer
Mix together. .
1 pound or 454 grams of ricotta cheese
1 - 2 cups of crumbled feta
1 package of chopped frozen spinach that has been thawed and squeezed of its liquid
1 large egg
Set aside

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Preheat the oven to 375.

In the pan .. layer 1 1/2 cups of the sauce
4 lasagna noodles
1/3 of remaining sauce
1/2 of the ricotta and spinach filling
Repeat the layer
Finish with the remaining noodles.
Cover with foil and put it in the oven for half an hour.
Remove the foil and add mozzerella cheese and bake for an additional 20 minutes or so until it is nicely browned.
Let sit a few minutes

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5 comments:

  1. Sandra, this sounds wonderful. I'll have to give it a try but leave out the sausage as my youngest won't eat pork or beef but loves lasagna.

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  2. What a great twist to a classic... looks very yummy and all the while getting those veggies in too! yummy!

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  3. you know, we are not big lasagna eaters over here. but with those pictures, it's a hard sell. I wonder if I can disguise the ricotta and get my husband (well, & the kiddos) to eat this.

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  4. Oh, boy. I love lasagna and this going to go on my menu very soon!

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  5. YUMMY!! When are you opening your restaurant? I am close by so I can come and eat there :)

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