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Overnight Lasagna (Serves 10-12)

If lasagna is a family favorite at your house and if cooking lasagna noodles is not your idea of a fun experience, then this creative make-ahead method of lasagna preparation using uncooked noodles is just for you.

1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
1 (28-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 cup water
1 (15-ounce) carton low fat ricotta cheese or cottage cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh or freeze-dried chives
1/8 teaspoon oregano leaves
1 egg
8 ounces uncooked lasagna noodles
4 cups (16-ounce) shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. In large skillet brown the ground beef. Drain well.

2. Return drained cooked beef to skillet. Add spaghetti sauce and water; blend well. Simmer until hot and bubbly.

3. In medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, chives, oregano and egg; mix well.

4. In bottom of ungreased 9x13-inch baking dish spread 1 and 1/2 cups of meat sauce; top with 1/2 of the noodles, 1/2 of the ricotta cheese mixture and 1/2 the Mozzarella cheese.

5. Repeat with remaining noodles, ricotta cheese mixture and mozzarella cheese; top with remaining meat sauce.

6. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

7. Bake, uncovered, in preheated 350 degree oven 50-60 minutes or until noodles are tender and casserole is bubbly.


Nutritional information per serving:
415 calories, 31 grams protein, 19 grams fat, 29 grams carbohydrate, 87 milligrams cholesterol, 548 milligrams
sodium