Whole wheat noodles
tomato basil soup recipe, simmered for longer, stirred often
1)Start the sauce, also known as Melissa's Famous Tomato Basil Soup. Seriously, if simmered down a little bit more, it gets a great sauce-like quality that's perfect for lasagna. Move over, Paul Newman. Or, Paul Newman makes several great sauces in jars. Which take much less time.
2)Boil the noodles. I personally like to throw in a little bit of olive oil to keep them from sticking to each other. I'm a fan of whole wheat noodles because they are healthier, but of course regular lasagna noodles work just as well.
(preheat your oven to 375)
3) Have fun layering! I start with sauce on the bottom before I put any noodles down, so nothing will stick. Then generally each layer has noodles, sauce, cheese, and one of the mentioned vegetables.
-Artichoke hearts I buy in a can. You can get them whole or quartered, and for these purposes I prefer quartered. I also sometimes mash them down a little bit with my fingers so they don't get lumpy in the lasagna. I probably use about half of a can over a single layer.
-Spinach I *like* to get fresh, but is also okay frozen. If it's fresh, WASH THOROUGHLY and then do a generous layer. Spinach cooks down a LOT so do more than you think you need. If you do frozen (or canned, which I have never done), just make sure it's not still dripping in water.
-Zucchini I'm never a huge fan of, except in this. It cooks down well and fits with the overall taste. Slice thinly and layer.
-Mushrooms work better canned. I LOVE fresh mushrooms, but they don't cook down as well and get stubborn to cut in the pieces. I've still done fresh a few times and I like it, but overall I prefer the little cans for this. Layer the same as all the rest.
3)Add or subtract other vegetables as desired.
4) The top layer I generally just have noodles, sauce, cheese.
5) Cover with tin-foil, and place on middle rack in your oven at 375 degrees. Ready in 45 minutes!
palm hearts, diced,
carrots, chopped small
french vinaigrette (you'll never go back...)