Kinda-Classic Lasagna

September 2010
Kinda-Classic Lasagna

by 7 people

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We cut a naughty baked pasta dish down to size.

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Bake: 45 mins

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 28 ounce can  crushed tomatoes
  • 9 8-inch lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 6 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and half the mushrooms, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Repeat with 1 tablespoon oil and the remaining mushrooms.
  2. In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and the garlic over medium-low heat and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir 3/4 cup of the tomato sauce into the mushrooms; season with pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees . In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  4. In a food processor, puree the cottage cheese, egg white and 1/4 cup parmesan. Season with pepper.
  5. Grease a 9-by-11-inch baking dish and spread 3/4 cup of the remaining tomato sauce in the bottom. Place 3 noodles on the sauce and spoon half the mushrooms on top; dot with half the cottage cheese mixture. Top with a third of the mozzarella. Repeat with another layer of noodles, the remaining mushrooms, the remaining cottage cheese mixture and another third of the mozzarella. Top with the remaining noodles and 1 cup of the tomato sauce.
  6. Cover the lasagna with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and top with the remaining 2 tablespoons parmesan and the remaining mozzarella and bake until melted, about 5 minutes. Dollop with the remaining tomato sauce.
  • Veg out! Mushrooms satisfy the taste for savory, so you won't miss the meat.
  • Swap in reduced-fat cheese (and use less of it) to slash fat and calories.
  • Use fewer layers of pasta to keep carbs in check.