Brown Rice Lasagna with Spinach and Tofu

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Tomato sauce, spinach, and tofu team up with brown-rice lasagna noodles, which are whole grain and
free of gluten. 
4  pounds cherry tomatoes, quartered    
1  teaspoon coarse salt    
1  cup thinly sliced fresh basil    
10  ounces brown-rice lasagna noodles 
Vegetable-oil cooking spray    
6  garlic cloves, minced    
1  pound baby spinach, coarsely chopped    
2  tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley    
2  tablespoons pine nuts, toasted    
8  ounces extra-firm tofu, drained, pressed between paper towels about 1 minute, and cut into 1-inch
8  ounces nonfat small-curd cottage cheese    
1/4  teaspoon freshly ground pepper    
1  ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated 

1.   Preheat oven to 350F. Make the sauce: Put tomatoes, 3 tablespoons water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into
a large pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes break down and sauce thickens, about 1 hour. Remove from heat. Stir in basil. Let cool. 

2.   Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta; cook until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Drain;
rinse. Lay pasta on a clean kitchen towel; loosely cover with plastic wrap, and set aside.
3.   Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray. Add garlic; cook, stirring
occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add spinach and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Drain; squeeze out any excess liquid. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in parsley. Let cool completely. Meanwhile, pulse pine nuts in a food processor until finely ground. Add tofu, cottage cheese, and pepper; puree. 

4.   Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Cover bottom with a layer of pasta. Top with 
1 1/4 cups sauce, 1 1/4 cups spinach mixture, and 3/4 cup tofu mixture, spreading each layer evenly.

Repeat. Top with a layer of pasta; spread with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake until heated through and Parmesan turns golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes.  Serves 6. 


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