Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins
I liked these as they were single servings and so colorful. The recipe includes a sauce recipe as well, but feel free to sub your favorite pasta sauce to speed things up. Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis on Everyday Italian.
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium Spanish onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 1 medium zucchini, finely chopped
- 1 medium summer squash, finely chopped
- 8 asparagus spears, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 lb lasagna sheet, fresh plain
- 1 1⁄2 cups canned white beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, halved
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh black pepper
Simple Tomato Sauce (use 2 cups)
- 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 2 (32 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional)
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a saute pan over medium heat, add extra-virgin olive oil. When almost smoking, add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the carrot and cook for 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and squash cook for 5 minutes. Add asparagus and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat when all vegetables are completely cooked but still have a good crunch. Allow to cool.
- Using a 6-inch round cookie cutter, cut circles out of the lasagna sheets. You will need 18 circles. Coat the bottom of 6 (6-inch) gratin dishes with a teaspoon of tomato sauce in each. Place a circle of pasta on the bottom of each ramekin. Rinse the beans with water and season with salt and pepper. Divide the beans between each ramekin. Next, divide the spinach between the ramekins. Place a second layer of pasta on top and gently press down. Divide the sauteed vegetables among the ramekins and top with a tablespoon of tomato sauce in each. Place the third layer of pasta in each ramekin and coat with a tablespoon of tomato sauce. Sprinkle ramekins with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, and top each with 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place gratin dishes on top. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until brown and bubbling.
- For the tomato sauce:.
- In a large casserole pot or Dutch over, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add celery and carrots and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and bay leaves and simmer uncovered on low heat for 1 hour or until thick. Remove bay leaves and check for seasoning. If sauce still tastes acidic, add unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon at a time to round out the flavors.
- Add 1/2 the tomato sauce into the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Continue with remaining tomato sauce.
- If not using all the sauce, allow it to cool completely and pour 1 to 2 cup portions into freezer plastic bags. This will freeze up to 6 months.
I decided from the start to make this recipe as written (well, actually I shredded the carrot!), & really enjoyed putting these together as much as I did eating them ~ WONDERFULLY TASTY! A great keeper of a recipe, too ~ Thanks for sharing it! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Healthy Choices ABC]
Susie, these were wonderful! I loved the variety of vegetables used. The carrots were pre-packaged matchstick, I used cannellini beans and store bought spaghetti sauce. The cheese blend was perfect with the vegetables! Next time I will make the tomato sauce from the recipe. Have a great birthday Susie, sending you hugs and kisses!