Southwest Sausage and Veggie Lasagna

Blogger Brooke McLay from Cheeky Kitchen makes a deliciously simple southwestern-inspired lasagna that’s as flavorful as it is colorful!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

2
cups ricotta cheese
1/2
cup chopped fresh cilantro
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
2
cans or jars (24 oz each) garlic-and-herb tomato pasta sauce
9
no-boil lasagna noodles
2
cups cooked crumbled Italian turkey sausage
1
can (15 oz) Progresso™ black beans, drained, rinsed
1
cup Green Giant™ Steamers™ Niblets® frozen corn (from 12-oz bag), thawed
1
zucchini, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
2
cups shredded Mexican or Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
Fresh cilantro sprigs, if desired
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, mix ricotta cheese, chopped cilantro and garlic.
  • 2 In 9-inch square pan, spread 1/4 cup of the pasta sauce. Top with 3 noodles; spread 1 cup of the ricotta mixture over noodles. Layer with 1 cup pasta sauce and half each of the sausage, beans, corn and zucchini. Sprinkle zucchini with salt and pepper. Top with 1 cup pasta sauce and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese. Layer with 3 more noodles, remaining ricotta mixture, 1 cup pasta sauce and remaining sausage, beans, corn and zucchini. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Layer with remaining noodles, pasta sauce and shredded cheese.
  • 3 Cover with foil; bake 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 15 to 25 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.

Expert Tips

Pair the lasagna with a side of cornbread and a salad of iceberg wedges drizzled with chipotle ranch dressing.

To make a vegetarian version, substitute precooked vegan sausage or soy-protein sausage crumbles for the turkey sausage.

When shopping for lasagna noodles for this recipe, look for the flat, homemade-style type. Not having to cook the noodles first is a real time-saver!

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
710
(
Calories from Fat
250),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
28g
28%
(Saturated Fat
12g,
12%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
105mg
105%;
Sodium
1690mg
1690%;
Total Carbohydrate
73g
73%
(Dietary Fiber
13g
13%
  Sugars
21g
21%
),
Protein
42g
42%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
60%;
Iron
30%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.