Meatless Friday: Vegetable Lasagna

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I got this recipe from Kelsey Nixon from The Cooking Channel. I like to prepare all of the veggies and cheese mixture early in the day and store in the fridge, making assembly easy when it’s a busy evening!

veggie lasagnaVegetable Lasagna

Two 15-ounce containers part-skim ricotta cheese
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
½ teaspoon pepper, plus more for seasoning
One 10-ounce package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed, excess moisture squeezed out
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 ½ cups shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn, or sprinkle dried basil to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, diced
¾ cup shredded carrot
1 yellow squash, diced
1 zucchini, diced
6 cups store-bought or homemade marinara sauce (so much better if you make your own!)
12 no-boil lasagna noodles (8 ounces)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the ricotta, eggs, salt and pepper. Add the spinach and stir to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the mozzarella, Parmesan and basil.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Add the garlic and onions and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the carrots, yellow squash and zucchini, and cook until the vegetables are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and drain off any excess liquid.

Spread a third of the marinara sauce over the bottom of a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Arrange a layer of lasagna noodles on top. Spread a third of the ricotta mixture over the noodles, followed by a third of the cooked vegetables. Sprinkle with a third of the shredded cheese mixture. Repeat to make two more layers, ending with the shredded cheese mixture on top. Cover the top of the dish with aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the top is golden brown, about 15 minutes more. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

Copyright 2014 Nancy Carabio Belanger

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