Monday, March 12, 2012

Lasagna with a tasty ~ twist

In my family we all love Italian food , be it pasta, salad or garlic toast. But  our absolute  favorite is Lasagna, made with a twist ~Vegetable Lasagna,, we love to make it at parties and get together s and enjoy it with our friends. 

Vegetable Lasagna




Ingredients
1 box Lasagna
4 cups water
4 cups Pasta Sauce (store bought)
500 gm Ricotta cheese
500 gm cottage cheese
200 Shredded Italian cheese
1 medium capsicum chopped into little  cubes
1 medium onion chopped small cubes
200 gms chopped /frozen spinach
50 gm pineapple chunks
1 tbsp black olives
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp oil
4 tsp hot sauce
3 to 4 tbsp sweet&sour sauce


Method

  • Using a large pot, heat 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add salt to taste. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese and cottage cheese. Add ½ tsp salt.
  • Chop onions & capsicum into small pieces. In a frying pan, add 3-4 tsp olive oil and heat it. Add chopped onions, capsicum & spinach. Sauté it for 8-10 minutes. Add few pieces of pineapple chunks. Add ½ tsp salt and mix it well. Add 3-4 tsp of hot sauce and sweet & sour sauce. Stir it for 5-7 minutes till it is well cooked. Remove it in a bowl.
  • Place 1 sheet of lasagna noodle on the bottom of a rectangular dish, for layering, take a spoonful of ricotta and cream cheese mixture and spread on the lasagna first layer, pour some pasta sauce over it and cover with another lasagna noodle, alternate with the onions, spinach and capsicum mixture, cover it with a lasagna noodle. Pour some pasta sauce on top of it. Repeat layers. Cover last layer with remaining mixture.
  • Once you have completed the layers, pour some past sauce on top. Sprinkle shredded cheese on the top layer and garnish with black olives.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the lasagna dish in the oven. Let it bake for 20-25 minutes, and till the sprinkled cheese has melted and the top is golden brown.Allow to cool before serving in a plate.




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