Thursday, February 5, 2009

Veggie Lasagna 2/5/09

Hungry? Dont have much in the fridge? Well that was the situation I was in earlier this evening until I stepped into the kitchen and brainstormed..... here is what came out!

Veggie Lasagna
Cooktime from Stove-Top to Table: 45-60min

Preheat Oven to 400*

Ingredients that I used:
Filling 1-
Chopped Spinach (fresh or frozen)
Chopped Onion
Chopped Garlic
Frozen Vegetable Medley (carrots, peas, corn, broccoli, cauliflower)
Olive Oil
Dry White Wine

Filling 2-
Part skim Ricotta Cheese
1 Egg
Garlic Salt

American Cheese Singles (yes, the kind with the plastic wrapper)
Parmigiana Cheese (out of the shaker is fine)

Other Stuff You Will Need-
Lasagna Noodles
Cooking Spray
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Boil Lasagna Noodles according to directions on box. However if you need the directions to boil water and make pasta, I'm worried.

To Make Filling 1:

Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil until onions are tender
Add frozen vegetables.
Add spinach and let wilt.
Add a splash of white wine and let the steam cook the spinach.

To Make Filling 2:
Remove ricotta cheese from container and add in saucepan.
With the heat on low, stir in one egg, garlic salt and pepper.
Keep on heat just until warm.

To Make Sauce:
Melt about 2 tbsp of butter in a sauce pan.
Add a 1/2 c of milk.
Continuously whisk the mixture.
Add both kinds of cheeses while mixing. Break up the single slices when you add it.
Continue to add milk to desired consistency.

Putting it all together:
Spray your pan with cooking spray.
Lay out your first layer of noodles.
Spread a layer of the ricotta mixture on the first layer of noodles.
Lay out next layer of noodles.
Spread vegetable mixture on noodles.
Another layer of noodles.
Another layer of ricotta mixture.
One more layer of noodles... You can do it! I know you can!
Now pour your warm sauce all over the top of the layers, letting it fill in the cracks and corners.
Sprinkle shredded mozzarella over the top, add a little sprinkle of any herb for color.

Bake for 15 minutes uncovered.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and let sit for an additional 10 minutes and then you are good to go!! Just slice and serve!

Be sure to let me know if you tried this recipe! I'd love to hear from you!