Vegetarian Lasagna Florentine

Total Time

1 Hour 45 Minutes

Servings

12

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) can sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 courgette, finely chopped
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 pinch brown sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 (16 ounce) container non-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons dried basil, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook lasagna noodles in a large pot of lightly salted, boiling water for 10 minutes, or until al dente. Rinse with cool water, drain, and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the chopped onions, mushrooms, garlic, and courgette in the oil until soft. Stir in both cans of crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, oregano, brown sugar, and salt to taste. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, microwave frozen spinach until cooked. Cool, and then squeeze out excess water.
  4. Drain cottage cheese. Using a mixer, blend spinach, cottage cheese, eggs, and 2 tablespoons basil until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine shredded mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese.
  5. Preheat oven to 175°C. Spread 1 cup sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer 1/3 of the noodles, 1/3 cottage cheese/spinach mixture, 1/3 of remaining sauce, and 1/3 cheese mixture. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients. Sprinkle top with remaining 1 tablespoon of dried basil.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.