I fully intended to make these with spinach, but when it got down to it, I couldn’t actually FIND the spinach. I suspect it took a wrong turn at Anchorage and disappeared into the nether regions of my freezer. But these are still chock full of healthy goodness. I made mine single serve, as hubby wasn’t gonna touch ’em, but you could fit 3-4 servings into a 6 quart crock pot, depending on the shape of your inner pans. Instructions that follow are for 1. What I really love about these is that it’s so much EASIER than making a full lasagna. Making lasagna for one is a PITA, but making these for however many you like is a breeze. If making more than 1, see instructions here. At 626 calories and 22.3 grams of fat, this isn’t shabby for a plateful of lasagna. So here’s my second entry for the week to Presto Pasta Nights, hosted this week by Katie of Thyme for Cooking.
- 1 link sweet Italian turkey sausage, out of casing
- 2 oz. mushrooms
- 1 roasted red pepper
- 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup your choice marinara sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
- 1 pinch each, salt and pepper
- 3 whole wheat lasagna noodles (NOT the no boil kind)
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
- Brown and rinse the sausage.
- Boil the lasagna noodles according to package directions.
- In a medium bowl, mix the ricotta, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, basil, salt and pepper.
- Once the noodles are al dente, remove (carefully!) and blot with paper towels. The filling will stick better this way.
- Spray a small loaf pan (one that will fit inside your crock) with cooking spray.
- Cover the bottom with half of the marinara.
- Spread the filling on all 3 noodles and roll up, placing one next to another inside your loaf pan.
- Top with remaining marinara and the Parm.
- Cook on LOW (and if you turn your crockpot up to High to preheat it, please don’t forget to turn it BACK down to low like I did–that’s why mine looks a little overcooked) for 4 hours. Remember, everything is already cooked, so you’re mainly just getting everything warm and melty.