Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Vegetarian Lasagna

One of the best Italian dishes. So, lets start right away.
Vegetarian Lasagna

Prep. Time 20 mins
Cooking Time 40-45 mins

1 pk Lasagna Noodles
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup
Mozzarella Cheese

Sauce 1
Your choice of Pasta Sauce
1/2 cup grated cabbage
1/2 cup chopped multi colored Bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped zucchini
1/4 cup frozen corn & peas (optional)

Sauce 2
1 cup Ricotta cheese or Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup chopped and blanched spinach

Cook Lasagna Noodles as per the instructions on the packet. I used oven ready pasta which doesn't need too much cooking. 

Preheat the oven at 350F.

Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan, add cabbage, peppers, zucchini and saute them for a minute. Add pasta sauce and mix well. Allow it to cook for 2-3 minutes then, turnoff the gas and set them aside. Make sure your sauce is not too watery.

Mix Ricotta cheese with blanched spinach and set aside. If you are using store brought alfredo sauce, then, cook the sauce for a minute before adding spinach.

Now comes the best part. Layer 1/3 of the cooked noodles, pasta sauce, ricotta/Alfredo sauce, in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Top it with Mozzarella cheese, if you wish. Repeat the layers twice. Top it with grated Mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. 

Cook uncovered for 40 minutes. If you are using Oven ready pasta, then cook covered for around 45-50 minutes and then uncovered for 10-15 minutes. Take out from oven and allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes.