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Meatball Lasagna

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Meatball Lasagna
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 9 hr 40 min
  • Servings 8
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This delicious, saucy lasagna is packed with tasty meatballs that you can make ahead!
Updated Jan 24, 2014

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (26 oz) tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, undrained
  • 1 box (12 oz) frozen Italian-style meatballs, thawed, each cut in half
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen bell pepper and onion stir-fry (from 1-lb bag), thawed, drained
  • 1 container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 8 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (12 oz)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (1 oz)

Steps

  • 1
    Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix pasta sauce and tomatoes. Reserve 1/2 cup tomato mixture. Stir meatballs and stir-fry vegetables into remaining tomato mixture.
  • 2
    In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, egg and basil.
  • 3
    Spoon reserved 1/2 cup tomato mixture over bottom of baking dish. Top with 4 noodles. Top with about half of the ricotta mixture and half of the meatball mixture. Layer with remaining 4 noodles, remaining ricotta mixture, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and remaining meatball mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Spray sheet of foil with cooking spray; cover baking dish with foil. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  • 4
    Heat oven to 350°F. Bake covered lasagna 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until bubbly, edges are golden brown and cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Thaw the meatballs in the refrigerator overnight, or thaw in the microwave following the directions on the box.
  • tip 2
    If desired, you can bake the lasagna right after preparing it.

Nutrition

540 Calories, 24g Total Fat, 32g Protein, 48g Total Carbohydrate, 13g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
540
Calories from Fat
210
Total Fat
24g
37%
Saturated Fat
12g
58%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
115mg
38%
Sodium
1260mg
52%
Potassium
610mg
17%
Total Carbohydrate
48g
16%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
13g
Protein
32g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
60%
60%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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