Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mini Vegetarian Lasagnas

This dish is chock-full of really good things, but you can switch it out with whatever you like. You could replace the bell peppers with zucchini, and sub the tofu for ground beef or turkey. You could use ricotta instead of cottage cheese. Do it your way!

Mini Vegetarian Lasagna Cups

24 wonton wrappers
2/3 cup bell pepper
2/3 cup onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1 1/2 cups Classico Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce   
3.5 oz Nasoya Extra Firm Tofu   
2 cups spinach  
3/4 cup 1% low-fat cottage cheese   
1 tsp grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
4 tsp shredded parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375F. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, bell pepper, salt, and pepper. Crumble the tofu in and saute the mixture for about 5 minutes. Add chopped spinach and stir constantly for 30 seconds or until spinach wilts slightly. Add the pasta sauce, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a food processor, puree cottage cheese with 1 tsp grated parmesan and a pinch of salt and pepper, a teaspoon of oregano, and 1/2 tsp of basil. Stir to mix well. Set aside.

Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Place 1 wonton wrapper into each of the 12 cups, pressing firmly in the bottom of the cup and up the sides.

Using half of the cottage cheese mixture, divide it among the 12 muffin cups. Next, using half of the veggie tomato sauce, spoon it evenly over each of the ricotta filled cups. Sprinkle with 2 tsp of mozzarella each.

Gently press another wonton wrapper on top of the mozzarella layer. Repeat the process by distributing the remaining ricotta, then the remaining tomato sauce, and finally the rest of the shredded mozzarella and 1 tsp of shredded parmesan over each.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Let the cups cool, remove them from the pan, and serve!

Makes 6 servings, 2 lasagnas per serving.

You can usually find wonton wrappers in your local grocery store in the produce section, and the tofu will undoubtedly be nearby. You can't even taste it, but it replaces the protein that you would normally get from meat.


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