Mandie's Dinner Diner

September 23, 2011

Vegetable Lasagna

Filed under: Uncategorized — ruralmomof3 @ 3:25 pm

Today, I brought home from Aldi the most beautiful looking peppers! I mixed bag of sweet baby peppers. I have not seen these before but they look like hot peppers (elongated) but they taste like red, orange, and yellow bell peppers. I enjoyed them in salsa and thought about chopping them up for the freezer. Then I remembered that I had also purchased fresh mushrooms and had fresh spinach in the refrigerator. So, I got busy creating this:

The Recipe:
1/2 lb lasagna noodles, cooked
2-3 c. favorite spagetti sauce
1/2 lb cottage cheese
1/2 c. parmesan
1 small egg (any size will do)
1/2 lb fresh spinach washed and dried
1/2 lb mushrooms, quartered or sliced
1-2 c. bell peppers, sliced or diced
Plenty of Mozzeralla cheese (at least 2 cups)

In a separate bowl combine the cottage cheese, parmesan, and egg. Beat with wisk until well combined and set aside. Grease well a deep 9×13 pan (if you just have a regular cake pan: steam or stir fry the spinach and mushrooms until wilted and “shrunk” to save room in your pan).

Next, place just enough sauce in the bottom of the pan to coat it. Then layer the ingredients in this order:
Single layer lasagna noodles
Spinach and mushrooms
Another layer noodles
Cottage cheese mixture
Bell peppers
Any noodles that are left
Spagetti sauce
Mozzeralla

I have mine in a low oven a couple hours before we eat WITHOUT the mozzeralla on top and covered tightly with foil. About 20-30 min before time to eat, I’ll turn the oven up to 450^, remove the foil, add the mozzeralla, and cook until bubbly and brown.

If you are in a bit more of a hurry, place in a 450^ oven with the cheese and bake for 45-60 min. Check at 30 min and make sure the cheese is not getting too brown. If it is, loosely lay foil that has been sprayed with oil on top for the next 15-20 min. Remove to finish browning.

Crusty bread, yummy salad, and a tall glass of ice water will make this a beautiful meal!!

If you prefer to include meat, brown about a half pound of ground beef and add it into one of the layers (but not on top- it will get to brown and hard). Enjoy!!

Amanda

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