Prep 30 mins
Cook 45 mins
A Tex-Mex kind of lasagna. I had this at a "100 Chefs for UNCF" banquet a few years back. (UNCF = United Negro College Fund) The chef, Jerry Richard was kind enough to share his recipe.
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained (Progresso or Green Giant)
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (Progresso)
- 3⁄4 cup onion, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup salsa (Old El Paso Thick'n Chunky)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 cup light ricotta cheese
- 1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 egg
- 10 uncooked lasagna noodles
- 1 1⁄2 cups cheddar cheese or 1 1⁄2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (6 ounces)
- Heat oven to 350°F.
- Spray 13x9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mash beans slightly.
- Stir in tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, salsa, chili powder and cumin.
- Mix well.
- In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese, garlic powder and egg; blend well.
- Spread 1 cup of tomato mixture over bottom of spray-coated baking dish.
- Top with half of noodles, overlapping slightly.
- Top with half of remaining tomato mixture.
- Spoon ricotta mixture over top, spread carefully.
- Top with half of cheese, then with remaining noodles, tomato mixture and cheese.
- Cover tightly with spray coated foil.
- Bake at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes or until noodles are tender.
- Uncover, let stand 15 minutes before serving.
This is really a wonderful lasagna! I had a 30-oz can of black beans so I used the whole thing....I loved the "meaty" texture from the semi mashed beans. For the cheese, I used half cheddar and half mozzarella. This has a great tex-mex flavor without being too spicy for kids. I will definitley make this again. Thanx!
I made this for a party and everyone loved it. It almost reminds me of chili. I doubled the recipe, used red peppers (preference) and 3 diced jalepenos along with a good dose of cayenne. I also used mozzerella and some shaved pepperjack. Really great with the added heat, I don't know that I would have enjoyed this as much without it. Definately a keeper!
This was excellent. I always much around with recipes, rarely follow one exactly, so here are the modifications I made: used 2 cups of medium salsa (thick and chunky as you wrote), and cut back on the crushed tomatoes; used more cheese because I didn't measure and I have a heavy hand with cheese - used reduced fat sharp cheddar and part skim ricotta. My husband and I like leftovers, and this got better each day. Made it twice within a short time period because we liked it so much. Thank you!