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Garden Lasagna

Layers of cheese, noodles, and crisp veggies combine to make a much-loved garden lasagna. Prepare this for your next low-key dinner party.

Health SEPTEMBER 2005

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 square of lasagna)
  • Cook time:1 Hour
  • Prep time:30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 1/2 cups (1 pound) chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels or frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Cooking spray
  • 9 (about 5 ounces) no-boil lasagna noodles (such as Barilla)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) preshredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, onion, and carrot; sauté 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from heat; stir in corn, basil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

3. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour in a large saucepan; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in cottage cheese, Parmesan, nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

4. Spread 1/2 cup white sauce in bottom of an 11- x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 3 noodles over sauce; top with half the vegetable mixture (about 2 cups) and one-third of the remaining white sauce (about 1 cup). Top with 3 noodles, remaining vegetable mixture, half the remaining sauce, and 3 more noodles. Spread the remaining white sauce over noodles. Cover with foil and bake at 400° for 25 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with mozzarella, and bake an additional 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 15 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 346
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 23g
  • Carbohydrate: 44g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 556mg
  • Calcium: 440mg
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