I was bragging about this recipe online, and someone asked for the recipe, so here it is. It is strongly-flavored, highly nutritious and delicious vegetarian lasagna. Adapted in part from a recipe I found in Shape magazine a couple of years ago. The sauce recipe is one I’ve been working with a long time; pretty basic, but delicious. This version has about 70 percent less fat than an ordinary lasagna. It freezes beautifully.
Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Sun-dried tomato Lasagna
12 0z crumbled goat cheese
1 T fresh thyme
1 T fresh basil
1 tsp dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
Pasta sauce (use 2 jars prepared, or use recipe, below)
1 pound whole wheat lasagna noodles (I love Barilla)
1 10 oz package frozen spinach or 4 cups fresh
1 10 oz package frozen collard greens or 4 cups fresh
1 cup roasted peppers, sliced (jarred are fine)
1 cups firmly packed julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup Parmesan
If desired, prepare pasta sauce (below), let simmer for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375.
Mix goat cheese, thyme, basil, and garlic in a medium bowl.
Spread pasta sauce on the bottom of a 13×9 inch baking dish or pan. Add one layer of cooked noodles. Cover with thin layer of sauce, then a layer each of spinach and collards. Arrange a layer of red peppers and tomatoes, then drop goat cheese over the vegetables. Repeat. Finish with a final layer of pasta and sauce. Sprinkle Parmesan on top.
Bake 40 minutes or until bubbly around the edges.
Red Pasta Sauce, vegetarian
4 T olive oil
2 onions, diced
8 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil
1 cup good quality red wine
Salt and pepper
1 28-oz can crushed or diced tomatoes (someone turned me on to the Muir Glen brand awhile ago and I’ve never looked back)
1 cup firmly packed julliene-cut sun-dried tomatoes.
Saute onions in olive oil over medium low heat until tender. Add garlic and basil and stir for another 5 minutes. Add wine. Reduce by half. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper, and simmer for at least 15 minutes. It will be even better if you reduce it more.
Let me know if you try it and agree that it’s amazing. Or not!