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Cheesy Black Bean Lasagne

 Cheesy Black Bean Lasagne
This is one of my family's absolute favorite meatless meals. I came up with this variation on lasagna to help my husband lower his cholesterol level, and I never dreamed that family and friends would rave over it.” Dusty Davis - Slidell, Louisiana
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend

Directions

  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large
  • skillet over medium heat, cook onion in oil until tender. Add
  • garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the beans, tomatoes, tomato paste,
  • water, cilantro and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat;
  • simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • In a small bowl, combine the egg whites, ricotta cheese, Parmesan
  • cheese and parsley.

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Cheesy Black Bean Lasagne (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Drain noodles. Spread 1/2 cup bean mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in.
  • baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with three noodles, a
  • third of the ricotta mixture, a third of the remaining bean mixture
  • and 2/3 cup cheese blend. Repeat layers twice.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15
  • minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before
  • cutting. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 279 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 455 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.