Friday, January 24, 2014

Vegetable Lasagna

Confession - I cannot write this without laughing out loud thinking of the Seinfeld episode where Elaine and Putty break up (and get back together...and break up) on a plane and they nickname the guy next to them Vegetable Lasagna.  Elaine: "Oh please, I took you back! You know it, I know it, vegetable lasagna here knows it!"


Sorry, we're Seinfeld obsessed - my entire family and I can find a Seinfeld reference in practically any given situation.  Laughing aside, you're going to love this lasagna!  No red sauce, but it's plenty creamy and flavorful from a broccoli sauce and ricotta mixture.  


My favorite pieces to eat are the corners, which get all crispy from the melted cheese on top.  If you like, you can also add 3/4 pound of sliced mushrooms.  Just cook separate until slightly browned, then add them to carrot/onion mixture for that layer. 
  

I did 3 layers of lasagna noodles and used at least 4 noodles per layer (4 long ways, slightly overlapping, then 1/2 a noodle to go across the bottom because the noodles didn't reach all the way end to end in the pan.)  At the bottom of this recipe, I added 2 ways to assemble the lasagna.  Depends on if you want yours a little thicker (use the first option).

Serves 12

Vegetable Lasagna

1 lb box of dried lasagna noodles
2 (10 3/4 oz) cans cream of broccoli soup
1 (10 oz) package of frozen chopped broccoli
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 onion, diced
2 (8 oz) packages of shredded mozzarella, keep 1 cup separate
1 (15 oz) container ricotta cheese
2 eggs

Cook lasagna noodles in a large pot with boiling water - follow instructions on box for cooking time.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan on medium, combine and heat the broccoli soup and package of frozen broccoli until everything is warmed through.  Add olive oil to a skillet over medium high heat.  Stir in the carrots and onions and saute until veggies are very tender (about 10 minutes).  Remove from heat and set aside.

Mix the mozzarella (minus 1 cup), ricotta and eggs in a bowl.  Assemble the lasagna in this order:

1 cup broccoli sauce, lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the cheese mixture, all of the carrots/onions, 1/2 remaining broccoli sauce, lasagna noodles, 1/3 cheese mixture, lasagna noodles, remaining cheese mixture, remaining broccoli sauce, 1 cup shredded mozzarella.

OR

1 cup broccoli sauce, lasagna noodles, 1/2 cheese mixture , all carrots/onions, 1/2 remaining broccoli sauce, noodles, remaining cheese mixture, remaining broccoli sauce, 1 cup shredded mozzarella.

Cook for 45 minutes until cheese is melted and the top starts to turn golden.  Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

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2 comments:

  1. Should the broccoli be thawed and drained before adding it to the soup?

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  2. Should the broccoli be thawed and drained before adding it to the soup?

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