Spinach Portobello Lasagna

Shannon and I had fun rolling Spinach Portobello Lasagna during her recent visit to Los Angeles. We were pleasantly surprised by how cute they were! Ellie Krieger’s lasagna is not as heavy as my Turkey Sausage Lasagna, and is heart healthy. Probably a smart meal choice when cooking with my high school cross country teammate who is now a nutritionist, yoga instructor and wellness guru. One quick tip, don’t skimp on the marinara. We didn’t quite have four cups, and it definitely would have tasted better with the extra sauce.

Ingredients:

12 whole-wheat lasagna noodles (about 3/4 pound)
2 teaspoons olive oil
12 ounces portobello mushrooms, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups marinara sauce
15-ounces part-skim ricotta cheese
10-ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 egg, lightly beaten
Freshly ground black pepper
Pinch ground nutmeg
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
3 ounces grated part-skim mozzarella cheese (about 2/3 cup)

 

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cook the noodles al dente according to the directions on the package. Drain them well and spread them out onto aluminum foil to prevent them from sticking.

Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and all the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Season with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the tomato sauce and simmer for 2 minutes. In a medium bowl combine the ricotta cheese, spinach, egg, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, a few turns of pepper, and nutmeg.

Spread 1 cup of tomato sauce on the bottom of a 9 by 12-inch baking dish. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture onto a lasagna noodle. Top with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mushroom mixture, roll the noodle and place it into the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles. Spread the remaining 1 1/2 cups of sauce over the lasagna rolls. Top with grated cheeses, cover loosely with foil, and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes more.

Makes 6 servings

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