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Meatless Lasagna

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing

Makes

8 servings

"This saucy lasagna is one of my specialties," says Sharon Allen of Allentown, Pennsylvania. "It's packed with fresh-tasting vegetables, such s zucchini, mushrooms, carrots and peppers. The colorful casserole is a great way to celebrate the bounty of summertime."

Ingredients

  • 9 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups diced zucchini
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet red pepper
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese

Directions

  1. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan coated with cooking spray, saute onion and garlic for 3 minutes. Add the zucchini, mushrooms, carrots and peppers; cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, water, tomato paste and seasonings. Bring to a boil. reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove 2 cups sauce and set aside.
  2. Drain noodles; set aside. Combine the ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella and Romano cheese. In an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish, layer a third of the remaining sauce, three noodles and half of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining sauce and noodles. Spread reserved sauce over top.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 244 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 672mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.

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