A Very Veggie Lasagna

"Necessity is the mother of invention", or so they say. With our busy weekend, I was not able to make it to the grocery store as I normally do on Sunday afternoons. Monday came and we were down to the dregs of our food supply. Okay, maybe not that bad, but we didn't really have anything that I normally make for a main dish. I wasn't in the mood to just make spaghetti or baked potatoes. So, I went rummaging through the refrigerator, freezer and pantry pulling out items I thought would go well together. Then, I consulted All Recipes. In the end, I tweaked a recipe and came up with this Very Veggie Lasagna.
I wasn't at all sure that the family would eat the lasagna (with it having so many of those colorful things called vegetables in it), so I didn't bother taking pictures of the process. To my delight, it was a hit. My husband even asked, "Are you sure it doesn't have meat in it?" (He's a meat eater...especially with lasagna) He even ate some for leftovers last night. Yay! A winner!

Very Veggie Lasagna
(adapted from All Recipes)

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 (10oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/4 cup chopped onion, or desired amount of onion powder
1 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 (32 oz.) jar favorite spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups low fat cottage cheese
1 (8 oz.) package shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 egg
1 ( 16 oz.) package lasagna noodles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large pot, sauté the onion, spinach, Italian seasoning and garlic. In microwavable bowl, cook broccoli and carrots together for about 2-3 minutes to soften up a bit. Add to the spinach mixture. Pour in all but about 8 ounces of the spaghetti sauce and all of the water. You will use the remaining spaghetti sauce for the top of the lasagna. Simmer for 20 minutes.

In large bowl, combine cottage cheese (I ran mine through my Vitamix to smooth the texture), mozzarella cheese (reserving 1/2 cup for the top of the lasagna), Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and egg.

In 13 x 9 pan, pour a small amount of the vegetable sauce in the bottom. Make a layer of 4 lasagna noodles...3 long and one shortened one on the end. Spread 1/2 cheese mixture over the noodles followed by 1/2 of the sauce. Add another layer of noodles, cheese mixture and then sauce. Place one more layer of noodles on the lasagna and pour the reserved spaghetti sauce over the top. Make sure all the noodles are covered with sauce to avoid crunchy noodles. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and additional parmesan cheese.

Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 15 minutes. Serve with garlic bread and salad.
I was a little skeptical using the regular lasagna noodles without cooking them first, but thankfully, the extra water in the sauce helped them cook up nicely and retain their proper taste and texture. I'm so happy to have another recipe to add to our arsenal of family pleasers. What's your favorite type of lasagna? Are you a meat lover's fan, or do you prefer the vegetable ones?
Need more meatless pasta dish inspiration? Here are some other family favorites:

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  1. I love Veggie Lasagna. This looks so yummy. I would love for you to share this on my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party @ www.mamasblogcentral.com :)

  2. That looks awfully yummy for something you threw together with what you had! Delish!

  3. G'day! Looks very yummy!
    Cheers! Joanne
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  4. This is awesome! Such a great way for the kiddos to get their veggies without knowing it

  5. I am impressed your kids ate this! My husband hates meatless dishes, but I would love to sneak this by him :)

  6. Ive actually been thinking about making veggie lasanga. Now I have a recipe. thanks so much! Glad I found you on Show Stopped Saturday!

  7. Looks delicious, Nici. I love veggie lasagna and sometimes I roast the veggies before putting them in. Visiting from diy Sunday Showcase. Have a great day.

  8. Looks pretty darn good to me! I love lasagna of any kind, but I'm partial to veggie ones just because they seem to have such a nice flavor.

  9. What a yummy dinner option and I am loving all the goodness that is packed in this wonderful dish! Thank you for sharing your recipe :)

  10. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.


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