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Vegetarian Lasagna

I like to serve this lasagna when a vegetarian friend comes to visit. It's very satisfying.—Ovileda Caissie, St. Jacques, New Brunswick
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon each dried basil, thyme and pepper
  • 1 cup 1% cottage cheese
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute the onion, celery and garlic in oil until softened. Add the mushrooms; cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar and seasonings; simmer for 10 minutes. In a bowl, combine the cottage cheese, egg, parsley and salt.
  • Drain noodles. Spread 1/2 cup of the sauce in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with 4 noodles, half of the cottage cheese mixture, half of the spinach, a third of the remaining sauce and a third of the mozzarella. Repeat layers.
  • Top with remaining noodles, sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover and bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer. Let lasagna stand for 15 minutes before cutting.
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