I love lasagna.
The layers of goodness and ooey gooey cheese? Yum.
I decided to edit my normal beef or ground turkey lasagna for Meatless Monday at our house and it worked out wonderfully. My favorite thing about lasagna is that everyone thinks you took forever to make a fabulous meal and it really isn’t difficult. Plus, I tend to make mine a day or two before and that always helps out in the prep department!
1 box Lasagna Noodles
26 oz. Spaghetti Sauce
16 oz. Small Curd Cottage Cheese or Ricotta
1 T. Italian Seasoning
2 c. Chopped Vegetables (I used mushrooms, bell peppers, and spinach)
1/4 c. Parmesan
3 c. Shredded Mozzarella
Grease a 9×13 pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the spaghetti sauce and vegetables in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the cottage cheese, eggs, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan. Take 1/2 cup of the spaghetti sauce mix and spread out on the bottom of the pan. *Lay out a layer of noodles on top. Take 1 cup of the cottage cheese mixture and spread out over the noodles (I use a knife like frosting). Spread a 1 cup layer of the spaghetti sauce mixture on top. Add a 1 cup layer of Mozzarella Cheese. Repeat twice from *. I usually add an extra sprinkle of Parmesan and Italian seasoning on top, just for kicks.
As you can see, I don’t pre-boil my lasagna noodles. I’ve never even attempted it (I’m pretty sure I would demolish them) and mine has always turned out great without it. I did hear a tip that if you prefer your noodles boiled (why does that sound inappropriate?), it’s much easier to put them in a 9×13 pan and pour boiling water on them. I thought that sounded way easier than the alternative! I used a jarred spaghetti sauce here, but someday I want to make my own as I’ve heard it’s pretty easy. Alas, another day. Also, if you’d like to try the meat version, just use 1 lb. ground beef or turkey in place (or in addition!) to the vegetables.
I tend to pair my lasagna with a big salad and some yummy garlic bread toasted in the broiler… Such a comforting meal!
Let me know what kind of vegetables you decide to add to yours!