Friday, January 8, 2010

Pesto Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms

I have been a little crock pot obsessed this week. I made this lasagna recipe from cooking light that has been my favorite for years. It is a little complicated but so worth it if you have the time. Both the photo and recipe are from Cooking Light. You can click through to their site from the title of this blog post.

No-boil lasagna noodles are perfect for this recipe, as they absorb all the juices that accumulate in the crockpot. Use 2 (10-ounce) packages of frozen chopped spinach in place of fresh, if you prefer. Also, any mushroom will work.

Yield: 8 servings

* 4 cups torn spinach
* 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
* 1/2 cup commercial pesto
* 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
* 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded provolone cheese
* 1 (15-ounce) carton fat-free ricotta cheese
* 1 large egg, lightly beaten
* 3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
* 1 (25.5-ounce) bottle fat-free tomato-basil pasta sauce
* 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
* Cooking spray
* 1 (8-ounce) package precooked lasagna noodles (12 noodles)


Arrange the spinach in a vegetable steamer; steam, covered, 3 minutes or until spinach wilts. Drain, squeeze dry, and coarsely chop. Combine spinach, mushrooms, and pesto in a medium bowl, stirring to combine; set aside.

Combine mozzarella, provolone, ricotta, and beaten egg in a medium bowl, stirring well to combine. Stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan, and set aside. Combine the pasta sauce and the tomato sauce in a medium bowl.

Spread 1 cup pasta sauce mixture in the bottom of a 6-quart oval electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Arrange 3 noodles over pasta sauce mixture; top with 1 cup cheese mixture and 1 cup spinach mixture. Repeat the layers, ending with spinach mixture. Arrange 3 noodles over spinach mixture; top with remaining 1 cup cheese mixture and 1 cup pasta sauce mixture. Place remaining 3 noodles over sauce mixture; spread remaining sauce mixture over noodles. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan. Cover with lid; cook on LOW 5 hours or until done.
Nutritional Information

Calories: 398 (41% from fat)
Fat: 18.2g (sat 7.8g,mono 6.6g,poly 2.3g)
Protein: 22.2g
Carbohydrate: 38.5g
Fiber: 2g
Cholesterol: 56mg
Iron: 2.8mg
Sodium: 1036mg
Calcium: 407mg

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