Saturday, December 29, 2012

Pizza Lasagna

I came across this recipe when I was doing Weight Watchers several years ago. It's a healthier take on lasagna & satisfies even the worst pizza craving. It can also be made with Boca Ground instead of ground beef without changing the taste much. Either way, it's a delicious, healthier meal!!

Pizza Lasagna
Taken from Light & Tasty Magazine, Aug/Sept. 2003

1/2 lb. lean ground beef
2 cans (14-1/2 oz each) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (15 oz) ready to serve creamy tomato sauce (I used a can of tomato sauce instead. Light & Tasty test kitchen recommended Healthy Choice Creamy Tomato Soup)
1 can (16 oz) tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp. each of dried oregano & garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
9 uncooked lasagna noodles (I cooked mine before assembling the dish)
4 oz. sliced turkey pepperoni
1-1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 medium red pepper, diced
6 green onions, chopped
1 can (2-1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained

In a nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
For sauce, in a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, soup, tomato paste, water, onion & seasonings.

Spread 1/2 cup sauce in a 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Top with 3 noodles & a third of the sauce, then pepperoni. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Top with 2 noodles & a third of the sauce. Top with mushrooms, red pepper, green onions & beef. Top with remaining noodles, sauce & cheese. Sprinkle with olives.

Cover & bake at 350 for 1 hour (if noodles are precooked or 70-80 min. or until noodles are tender if noodles are uncooked). Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes.

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