Mile-High Meatless Lasagna Pie

PREP: 50 minutes BAKE: 60 minutes STAND: 15 minutes OVEN: 375°F MAKES 10 servings

14 dried lasagna noodles

2 tablespoons olive oil

11⁄2 cups finely chopped carrots (3 medium)

2 cups finely chopped zucchini (1 medium)

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms (8 ounces)

2 6-ounce packages prewashed baby spinach

2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 15-ounce carton ricotta cheese

1⁄3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 26-ounce jar tomato-and-basil pasta sauce (21⁄2 cups)

2 cups shredded Italian fontina or mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)

Rosemary sprigs (optional)

1 Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain in colander. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Place noodles in a single layer on a sheet of foil; set aside.

2 Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots, zucchini, and half of the garlic. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Transfer vegetable mixture to a bowl. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the same skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and remaining garlic. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender. Gradually add spinach. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Using a slotted spoon, transfer spinach-mushroom mixture from skillet to a bowl. Stir basil into spinach-mushroom mixture; set aside.

3 In a small bowl stir together egg, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

4 To assemble pie, in the bottom of a 9×3-inch springform pan spread 1⁄2 cup of the pasta sauce. Arrange 3 to 4 of the cooked noodles over the sauce, trimming and overlapping as necessary to cover sauce with one layer. Top with half of the spinach-mushroom mixture. Spoon half of the ricotta cheese mixture over spinach mixture. Top with another layer of noodles. Spread with half of the remaining pasta sauce. Top with all of the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with half the fontina cheese. Top with another layer of noodles. Layer with remaining spinach-mushroom mixture and remaining ricotta cheese mixture. Top with another layer of noodles (may have extra noodles) and remaining sauce. Gently press down pie with the back of a spatula.

5 Place springform pan on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining fontina cheese; bake about 15 minutes more or until heated through. Cover and let stand on a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving. Carefully remove sides of pan. To serve, cut into wedges. If desired, garnish with rosemary sprigs.

PER SERVING: 450 cal., 23 g total fat (12 g sat. fat), 82 mg chol., 966