Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bean Lasagna (Vegetarian)

We adapted this recipe from a recipe we found on the back of a pinto bean bag. It has become one of our favorite lasagna recipes and we make it all the time. The beans add a wonderful texture and flavor to the lasagna. It definitely doesn't need meat with the beans in there.

This is a great recipe that you can make with ingredients from your pantry. Used dehydrated onions and dehydrated herbs. It works well. We've made this recipe dozens of times and we like to try different variations. We've even just made the sauce and serve it over noodles (instead of lasagna style). It works well that way too, but we prefer lasagna. Enjoy!

Bean Lasagna

*Serves 6-8

1 medium onion, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, pressed
28 oz. cans sliced mushrooms, optional (we don't use them)
2 tsp. canola or olive oil
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
½ Cup fresh parsley, chopped (or 1 Tbsp. dried)
1 tsp. salt
2 Cup black eye peas or pinto beans (or more if desired)
½ Cup water
2 16 oz. cans diced tomatoes (or 1 quart crushed tomatoes)
16 oz pkg. lasagna noodles
3-4 cups cottage cheese (we sometimes make it without)
½ cup Mozzarella cheese, grated
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Wash, rinse, soak and cook pinto beans according to package instructions. A pressure cooker works well - or use 2 cans of pre-cooked beans if pressed for time. Drain off water and rinse in cold water. In large skillet sauté onions, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley and salt in oil, stirring constantly. Add cup water to vegetables and herbs; simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in beans and canned tomatoes. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until beans are tender. Continue to stir sauce while it simmers. Break up tomatoes.

Cook lasagna noodles as directed. Rinse in cold water. Drain well.

Preheat oven at 375 degrees. In 9x12 inch baking dish layer: lasagna noodles, vegetable-herb sauce, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese. Repeat twice more. Top with parmesan cheese. Bake for 30 minutes.

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Grannie K said...

I love your blog and enjoy your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing them. I'm trying to learn to cook and eat more healthy too. I need all the help I can get.

Heather said...

Thanks so much for your comment! I need all the help I can get too and I'm glad my recipes are helpful to you! :)

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