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Tofu and Bean Lasagna

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Quick Facts

Servings: 10
This substantial entree can be made with homemade marinara sauce, or a good quality jarred sauce. Either way, it’s a great way to incorporate healthful beans and tofu into a familiar dish. Extra oregano and basil may be added if desired.

Ingredients

  • 8–12 lasagna noodles
  • 4 cups marinara sauce (32 ounces)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce (one 28-ounce can)
  • 2 cups kidney beans (one 15-ounce can), rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups part-skim ricotta cheese (2 pounds)
  • 8 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese*
  • 1 block silken tofu
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Spray a 9x13-inch (22x32cm) oven-proof casserole dish with vegetable oil spray.
  • Prepare sauce: Combine jarred marinara sauce with the canned tomato sauce in a saucepan. Heat to boiling and then reduce heat to a simmer. Add kidney beans and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Cook noodles in large pot of boiling salted water until almost tender, about 7 minutes. Drain. rinse under cold water, and set aside.
  • Prepare filling: In a medium-sized bowl, combine ricotta cheese, tofu, pepper, and parsley and blend thoroughly. Slice mozzarella cheese into thin slices, or grate using a coarse grater.
  • Assemble the lasagna: Layer 1/4 of the sauce, 4 noodles, 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture, and 1/3 of the mozzarella slices in the pan. Then repeat the layers, ending with sauce. Pour about 1 cup (240mL) of water around the edges of the dish and shake the casserole to settle the ingredients. Top with the Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover tightly with aluminum foil, and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for about 5 minutes more. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

* Allergy notes: The egg protein lysozyme is an unlabeled additive in some cheeses. People allergic to eggs should eliminate any cheese in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 441
  Calories from Fat 149 (34%)
(26%)Total Fat 17g
(43%)Saturated Fat 9g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
(16%)Cholesterol 49mg
(50%)Sodium 1200mg
(25%)Potassium 860mg
Total Carbohydrate 44g
(25%)Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 9g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(58%)Protein 29g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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