Slow Cooker Recipe: Pesto Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms

Pesto Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms
4   cups    torn spinach

  • 2      cups   sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1/2   cup    commercial pesto
  • 3/4   cup       (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4   cup        (3 ounces) shredded provolone cheese
  • 1                     (15-ounce) carton fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1                      large egg, lightly beaten
     Cooking spray
  • 3/4   cup   (3 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1      (25.5-ounce) bottle fat-free tomato-basil pasta sauce
  • 1       (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1      (8-ounce) package precooked lasagna noodles (12 noodles)Directions
    • Arrange the spinach in a vegetable steamer; steam, covered, 3 minutes or until spinach wilts.
      Drain, squeeze dry, and coarsely chop. Combine spinach, mushrooms, and pesto in a medium bowl, stirring to combine; set aside.
    • Combine mozzarella, provolone, ricotta, and beaten egg in a medium bowl, stirring well to combine.
      Stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan, and set aside. Combine the pasta sauce and the tomato sauce in a medium bowl.
    • Spread 1 cup pasta sauce mixture in the bottom of a 6-quart oval electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray.
      Arrange 3 noodles over pasta sauce mixture; top with 1 cup cheese mixture and 1 cup spinach mixture.
      Repeat the layers, ending with spinach mixture. Arrange 3 noodles over spinach mixture; top with remaining 1 cup cheese mixture and 1 cup pasta sauce mixture. Place remaining 3 noodles over sauce mixture; spread remaining sauce mixture over noodles. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan. Cover with lid; cook on LOW 5 hours or until done.
      Tips:  No-boil lasagna noodles are perfect for this recipe, as they absorb all the juices that accumulate in the crockpot. Use 2 (10-ounce) packages of frozen chopped spinach in place of fresh, if you prefer. Also, any mushroom will work.

      Credit:  Copyright © 2014 Time Inc. Lifestyle Group. All Rights Reserved

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