Meatless Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 (16 ounce) can tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup snipped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 10 lasagna noodles, cooked, rinsed and drained (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 cups cream-style cottage cheese, drained
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese, torn
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Snipped parsley (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan melt butter. Stir in carrots, celery, green pepper and onion. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add zucchini, undrained tomatoes and tomato paste; mix well. Add bay leaves, garlic, parsley and seasonings. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes; remove cover and continue simmering 10 to 15 minutes more or until thickened to desired consistency.
  3. Stir in sliced mushrooms; cook 5 minutes more. Remove from heat; discard bay leaves.
  4. In a 13 x 9-inch baking pan layer one-third of the noodles, vegetable sauce, cottage cheese and mozzarella. Repeat twice, ending with mozzarella. Sprinkle Parmesan over all. Cover with foil; place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes; remove foil and continue baking 10 minutes more or until cheese is golden.
  6. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes before serving. If desired, garnish with snipped parsley.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

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