Vegetarian Lasagna

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 It's so chock-full of vegetables, you won't even miss the meat in this lighter lasagna. If you want variety, substitute 10 ounces of your favorite frozen vegetable or frozen mixed vegetables for the broccoli.

8   dried lasagna noodles
1  10-ounce package frozen chopped broccoli
1  14-1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes
1  15-ounce can no salt added tomato sauce
1  cup chopped celery
1  cup chopped onion
1  cup chopped green or red sweet pepper
1-1/2  teaspoons dried basil or oregano, crushed
2   bay leaves
1  clove garlic, minced
1   beaten egg
2  cups fat-free ricotta cheese
1/4  cup grated Parmesan cheese
1  cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
1/8  teaspoon salt
1/4  teaspoon black pepper 

1. Cook noodles and broccoli separately according to their package directions; drain well. Set aside. 

2. For sauce, in a large saucepan stir together tomato sauce, undrained diced tomatoes, celery, onion, sweet pepper, basil, bay leaves, garlic, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until sauce is thick, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaves.  

3. Meanwhile, for filling, in a bowl stir together egg, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Stir in cooked broccoli. 

4. Spread about 1/2 cup of the sauce in a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Top with half of the noodles, half of the filling, and half of the remaining sauce. Repeat layers, ending with the sauce.  

5. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F. oven for 25 minutes; sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake about 5 minutes more or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Makes 8 servings.
Source:  Better Homes & Gardens

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