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Vegetarian Lasagna

I just made the most delicious lasagna and I want to post it before
I forget what I did. I made it up as I went along, so the directions
are going to be a bit rambling; bear with me.

Couple caveats: I don't salt at all, and we are garlic freaks so
I use a ton of garlic. Feel free to adjust to your liking.

For the sauce: in a food processor, I whirled together a can of
whole tomatoes and a very ripe fresh tomato, but not so long that
there were still chunks of tomatoes left. To this in a saucepan,
I added a small can of tomato sauce, a small can of paste. Some
leftover white wine, about half a cup, a small carrot sliced, about
half a teaspoon crushed red pepper, about 1 tablespoon garlic powder
and about a teaspoon cinnamon.

In a saute pan, I put a little butter and a little oil, a tablespoon
of each? (wanted olive oil but couldn't find any in my cabinet).
Added 1/2 a chopped onion, 1 chopped eggplant, about 1/2 pound
chopped brown mushrooms. The eggplant soaks up the oil and I didn't
want to add more, so I kept turning the heat down. After a while
I added 1 cup shredded cabbage and an entire bulb of garlic, very
coarsely chopped (I add the garlic later so it doesn't cook down
so much that the flavour remains distinct). Also about a teaspoon
each of basil and majoram.

I charred a red bell pepper, peeled it, chopped it and put it in
the sauce.

Cooked a pkg of lasagna noodles not quite done, they were very al
dente (there were 11).

Back in the food processor, I whirred a small carton of low fat
ricotta, about 2/3s of a small carton of lowfat cottage cheese and
2 eggs (would have added some parsley to this, but didn't have

Shredded about 3/4 pound of jack cheese (I'm not overly fond of

I cooked the sauce fairly thick cause I knew the veggies would add
extra water.

Layering in a 9 x 13 cake pan:

A thin layer sauce
layer noodles
half the ricotta mixture
half the eggplant mixture
2 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
another thin later of sauce
more noodles
other half of ricotta
other half of eggplant
oops, realized I'd forgotten jack cheese in first layer, added a handful here
2 more handfuls spinach leaves
another thin layer sauce.

Top off with remaining sauce, remaining jack cheese. After
assembling, I realized I forgot to add coasely ground peppercorns
(didn't have any parmesan).

Baked at 350 till bubbly. Not bad.


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