Lasagna with Spinach and Peppers

Lasagna with Spinach and Peppers

Serves 6

Here's a great vegetarian lasagna, complete with bell peppers, baby spinach, and lots of melted cheese. Low-fat cottage cheese is the secret ingredient making this dish creamy and rich while keeping it good-for-you, too.

Ingredients: 
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound baby spinach
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 (42-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 3 cups low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 large fresh or cooked lasagna noodles
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Method: 

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add spinach and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic, and bell peppers and cook until just tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes then remove from heat and set sauce aside.

Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with olive oil cooking spray and set aside.

In medium bowl mix cottage cheese, 3/4 cup of the mozzarella, and Parmesan together. Season with pepper, if desired.

Ladle about 1 cup of the reserved sauce into bottom of prepared baking dish. Top with one layer of lasagna noodles. (The fresh noodles may have to be cut in order to fit properly into the pan). Spread one-third of the cottage cheese mixture over noodles. Evenly spread another cup of sauce over that. Repeat the process until all the noodles are used, ending with the last of the sauce. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella over the top. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until cheese is browned and the lasagna is bubbly.

Set lasagna aside to let rest for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:350 calories (100 from fat), 12g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 25mg cholesterol, 1950mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 14g sugar), 23g protein
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