Sneaky Rotini Lasagna

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As a kid, do you remember Highlights Magazine and finding all the items in their popular hidden pictures? I often take the “hidden” approach when it comes to meal making. Here is a meal that my kids AND husband (he’s not usually a fan of “casserole”-type dishes) all gobbled up – a mock lasagna in which I replaced the lasagna noodles with whole grain rotini (spiral) pasta and layered it with a cauliflower, ricotta, mozzarella cheese, and ground flaxseed mixture, and a tomato and sweet potato sauce. This is a great meal to divide into two smaller pans and freeze one for a future dinner!


20130121-043029.jpgRotini Lasagna

  • 16 oz rotini pasta, cooked
  • 1 lrg container part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups 2% mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (parsley, oregano, basil or whatever you have on hand)
  • 2 cups pureed cauliflower
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 jars of your favorite, clean spaghetti sauce
  • 2 small jars of sweet potato or winter squash baby food
  • Fresh Parmasean

Preheat oven to 350. Place a head of cauliflower on a cookie sheet. Spray with olive oil and bake for 20-25 minutes or until soft. Allow it to cool and then cut off florets and place into a food processor. Process until it resembles a course, grit-like texture.

Place ricotta, mozzarella, eggs, herbs, s&p, flaxseed, and cauliflower into a large bowl. Stir until well combined.

In a separate bowl, stir sauce and baby food together.

In a 9×13 pan, spread a thin layer of the tomato sauce on the bottom. Layer with the rotini followed by the ricotta cheese mixture. Repeat this layering again. Finish by spreading on a final layer of sauce and shaving/grating fresh Parmesan cheese on the top.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbling and cheese is browning.

You can also divide this into 2, 8×8 pans and cook one now and cover the other pan securely to freeze for a future dinner.




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  1. charlene

     /  February 2, 2013

    What an awesome twist to lasagna!! Sounds good!


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