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Spinach Lasagna with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

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Spinach Lasagna with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
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Adapted from The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup plain soy milk
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • 2 green (spring) onions, including tender green tops, sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in water to rehydrate, drained and chopped
  • 10 oz fresh cremini or shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups nonfat ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 12 no-boil spinach lasagna sheets, about 7 by 3 1/2 inches
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

Directions:

In a saucepan, heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the garlic and continue to whisk until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk in the soy milk and stock all at once. Cook and stir until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the green onions and sun-dried tomatoes. Set the sauce aside.

In a large non-stick frying pan, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and shallot and saute until lightly browned about 10 minutes. Stir in the parsley and salt. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool. In the same pan, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the spinach and stir quickly until the spinach is wilted but still bright green. Remove from the heat. Let cool slightly.

In a large bowl, beat together the ricotta, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan, and the egg white. Stir in the spinach and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1/2 cup of the sauce in the dish and cover with 3 sheets of pasta. Spoon half of the spinach mixture onto the pasta and spread gently. Cover with 3 more pasta sheets. Top with another 1/2 cup of the sauce. Spread the mushroom mixture on top and cover with another 1/2 cup of sauce, then another layer of pasta. Spoon in the remaining spinach filling and top with the last 3 pasta sheets. Add the remaining sauce and the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.

Cover loosely with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until golden, about 10 minutes longer. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with the basil.

Serving Size: Makes 8 Servings

Nutritional Information: Per Serving: Total Calories 288; Protein 17 g; Carbohydrates 39 g; Total Fat 8 g; Saturated Fat 2 g; Monounsaturated Fat 4 g; Cholesterol 6 mg; Sodium 526 mg; Fiber 4 g.


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