Better than frozen from the grocery store, this lasagna's fresh-tasting vegetables will appeal to vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
- Portion size 12 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2007
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
- 2 zucchinis diced
- 2 sweet red peppers diced
- 1 eggplant diced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 can whole tomatoes
- 1/4 cup each chopped fresh basil and parsley (or all parsley)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tub (475 g) ricotta cheese
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 15 lasagna noodles about 10 oz/300 g
MethodIn large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, garlic and hot pepper flakes until softened, about 6 minutes.
Add zucchini, red peppers, eggplant, bay leaf, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until edges of eggplant are golden, about 10 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes, breaking up with back of spoon; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in basil and parsley.
In bowl, beat eggs with nutmeg; stir in ricotta, 2 cups (500 mL) of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
In large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles until almost tender, 6 minutes. Drain and transfer to cold water. Drain again and arrange one-third of the noodles in single layer in greased 13- x 9-inch (3 L) glass baking dish. Cover with 1 cup (250 mL) of the vegetable sauce.
Top with one-third of the remaining noodles; spread with one-third of the remaining vegetable sauce, then dot with half of the cheese filling. Starting with noodles, repeat layers once.
Top with remaining noodles; spread with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Cover loosely with foil; bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until bubbly and heated through, about 25 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Reheat, covered, in 375°F/190°C oven for 30 minutes; uncover and reheat for 15 minutes longer.)
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Sodium 537 mg
- Protein 19 g
- Calories 359.0
- Total fat 18 g
- Cholesterol 83 mg
- Saturated fat 10 g
- Total carbohydrate 31 g
- Iron 18.0
- Folate 37.0
- Calcium 35.0
- Vitamin A 26.0
- Vitamin C 75.0