Lasagna

Yield: Makes 9 servings
Recipe from Real Simple

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Ingredients

  • 12 ounces extra-lean ground beef or ground round
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 26-ounce jar roasted-tomato pasta sauce (or your favorite pasta sauce)
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons shredded fresh basil
  • 1 15-ounce container low-fat ricotta
  • 1 cup shredded provolone or Italian-blend cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 12 cooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 8-ounce package 2 percent milk mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided

Preparation

  1. Cook the beef in a large saucepan over medium heat, breaking into small pieces, for about 5 minutes or until no pink meat remains. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the pasta sauce, tomatoes, vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of the basil. Bring the mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, provolone, 2 tablespoons of the basil, the egg, and the crushed red pepper. Place 3/4 cup of the pasta-sauce mixture in the bottom of a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Top with 3 cooked noodles, then spread a third of the ricotta mixture evenly over the noodles. Sprinkle with a third of the mozzarella and top with 3/4 cup of the pasta-sauce mixture. Repeat the layers, ending with 3/4 cup of the pasta-sauce mixture and the final 3 noodles. Spread the remaining sauce on top, sprinkle with the Parmesan, and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes; uncover and bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with the remaining basil.
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