Saturday, November 22, 2008

Red and Green Lasagna

Lasagna is an Italian pasta dish made with alternate layers of pastas and cheese. Traditionally, lots of Ricotta and Mozzarella cheese is used in Lasagna, but we are not too fond of Ricotta cheese, so I always used to avoid making Lasagna. This time I decided to make it, thinking that using very less Ricotta cheese and adding other veggies would be able to provide us proper flavor. 
I am using two kinds of sauces here: Marinara Sauce and White Sauce with Spinach, that's why the name 'Red and Green Lasagna':).  I browsed through different recipes and here is my mixed-and-matched version of Lasagna.

8-9 sheets of lasagna no-boil noodles
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce (I used store-bought. Here is the home-made recipe)
2 1/2 cups white sauce ( 2 tbsp wheat flour, 2 1/2 cups milk)
2 cups frozen chopped spinach (thawed)
1/2 onion (chopped)
1/2 yellow pepper (thinly sliced)
2 small eggplants (sliced)
1 tbsp sundried tomatoes
1 tbsp garlic paste
1 tsp chili flakes (optional)
2 tbsp ricotta cheese (I used fat-free)
2 tsp oil
cooking spray
mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, salt, pepper as needed ( I used fat-free cheese)

  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add chopped onion and garlic paste. Once the onion gets cooked, add marinara sauce. Simmer it for a while. Add 1/2 tsp chili flakes. Set aside.
  • To make white sauce, blend wheat flour and milk with a hand mixie. Heat on the stove at medium flame. Add salt, pepper and stir continuously. Remove from the heat when it's thick. ( I like to make this as healthy as possible. You can make the white sauce the usual way by using butter, all-purpose flour and milk.)
  • In a pan, add 1 tsp oil and add chopped spinach. Let it cook for a while and add sundried tomatoes. Remove from the heat and add in the white sauce.
  • Preheat the oven at 375 F. Put sliced eggplants and bell peppers on the aluminium-foil wrapped baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray and sprinkle salt and pepper. Put in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Take a conventional-oven safe bowl and put some spinach-white sauce on the bottom. Cover with lasagna noodles. Put half of marinara sauce on top and cover with eggplants and bell peppers.
  • Now, spread ricotta cheese on these vegetables. The next layer again will be lasagna noodles. Cover the noodles with rest of the spinach-white sauce mixture. 
  • Put the final layer of lasagna-noodles on the top. Pour rest of the marinara sauce on top and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese.  Sprinkle some chili flakes on top if desired and put in the oven for 55-60 minutes.

I would like to send this dish to Mansi's Vegetarian Thanksgiving Event.



Vibaas said...

Looks yummy. I've never prepared this at home. Should try it sometime. Bookmarked your recipe

Trupti said...

Lasagna with spinach and eggplant is my favorite! Your lasagna looks really good... my and my kids love this with plenty of garlic bread.

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Dhara said...

delicious!!!! as it sounds.........well try it definitely! thanx by d way![:)]

Gopi Shah said...

I was looking for my type of lasagna recipe from long type...with less cheese and ur recipe is perfect.

sdmodi said...

Chandni, looks yummy yaar.
good going! all the recipies are unique.

Chandani said...

thanks a ton vibaas,dhara,gopi... do try it and let me know how it turns out:)
hey trupti, thank you, next time i'll also have it with garlic bread:)
thanks shimul:) i am so glad you like all the recipes...

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks yummy and inviting...

Yasmeen said...

eggplants and spinach is a smart addition to the lasagna.My niece absolutely loves lasagna ,I'll forward this recipe to my sis:)

DEESHA said...

looks just yumm

Sagari said...

lasagna looks wonderful chandhini ,one more thing can i have your email address plz

Purva Desai said...

looks lip smacking......I am coming home for dinner :)

Dhara said...

hey forgot to tell u by d way tried this............n it ws yumm!!!

Nazarina A said...

Just so good !!! I make mine with Aubergines too! I am sure there was nothing left for the next day!

Mansi said...

yum! that looks hearty and delicous! a perfect lasagna indeed:) thanks for sharing it with us!:)

Anonymous said...

Wow....looks yummy!Apt name :)