Will was out of town this weekend so I decided to try a risky healthy lasagna that I was not sure he would like. I saw this recipe on Rachel Ray’s website, but it can also be found in Bob Greene’s Best Life Diet Cookbook. All in all I thought it tasted great. It is definitely a healthy lasagna and perfect if you are trying to watch your weight. If you are craving old school lasagna I would suggest stick with your normal recipe, but this is a good choice for a figure friendly substitute. ( I am going to try the rotini version next time)
- Vegetable oil cooking spray
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup store-bought marinara sauce, such as Barilla
- 4 ounces uncooked, whole wheat lasagna noodles
- 2 cups spinach, washed thoroughly
- 2 cups fresh tomatoes, sliced and chopped or canned, no-salt-added diced tomatoes
Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 9-inch square or a 10×8″ pan with cooking spray.
Combine the almonds, walnuts, onion, garlic, basil, nutmeg, salt, pepper and water in a food processor and process until smooth, about 1 minute.
Spread 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce on the bottom of the pan. Cover with half of the uncooked noodles, spinach, tomatoes and nut mixture. Repeat the layers again and transfer to oven. Bake for 50 minutes, until lightly browned.
*For baked rotini, use 4 ounces fiber-enriched or high-fiber rotini, such as Barilla Plus or Barilla Whole Grain (four ounces is about 1 heaping cup dry). Cook pasta according to the package directions. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the marinara sauce. Cover the bottom of the pan with 1/2 cup marinara sauce, top with the pasta mixture and finish with the remaining 1/2 cup marinara sauce. Bake for 40 minutes, until lightly browned.