I don't like to eat Italian food at any restaurant, because I find it very bland. But I do cook it at home, so that I can adjust the amount of spices and make it the way I like it:)
I try to make lasagna as healthy as I can by adding as much vegetables, and spinach without sacrificing the taste.
Here is the recipe for making lasagna.
12 Lasagna Strips
1 lb Spinach
2 teaspoon Red chili flakes (or to taste)
3 teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
Salt to taste
1-1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1 Bottle Ragu's Garden Vegetable Sauce
2 -1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
1 cup shreded mozzarella cheese
10-15 Fresh Basil leaves
3 Cloves Garlic.
4 tablespoon Olive oil
1 Cup mixed vegetables(frozen)
In a wide bottom pan boil enough water to immerse the lasagna noodles, add salt to it. Once the water starts boiling add the lasagna noodles and cook for 7-8 minutes. While the noodles are boiling, boil the spinach in a separate pan and bring it to boil. Also, heat Ragu's sauce in another pan. Add a little salt to it. Add 1/4 teaspoon crushed pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning to it. Bring it to boil.
Once the noodles are done, drain them, and run cold water through it.
Keep aside. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to the sauce. stir well and keep aside.
Drain the spinach, add to a grinder. add 3/4 cup ricotta cheese, salt, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon Crushed red pepper and olive oil. Grind to a thick paste.
Microwave the vegetables in enough water for 3-4 minutes. Drain and add 3/4 cup ricotta cheese, salt, 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning and grind into a coarse thick paste.
Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees F.In a deep oven safe pan, spread half cup tomato sauce. Then place a single layer of the noodles on them. Cover the noodles with the tomato sauce (keep some aside). Spread a layer Parmesan cheese, sprinkle some Italian seasoning, and also a little crushed pepper if you like. Now cover this with another layer of lasagna noodles. Now spread a thick layer the spinach paste. Now put the basil leaves at 2-3 inches distance. Again make a layer of the Parmesan cheese. Spread the seasoning and red crushed pepper (this step is optional). Arrange a third layer of the noodles, then spread the vegetable mixture and Parmesan cheese. Again sprinkle some Italian seasoning and red pepper (optional). Now arrange a last layer of the noodles, and cover them with the remaining tomato sauce. Sprinkle cover with mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Broil on low for 1-2 minutes to get a brown haze on the top cheese layer. Serve hot and enjoy.
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