500 g (1 lb) ground beef
1 onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
500 ml (2 cups) spaghetti sauce
250 ml (1 cup) mixed frozen vegetables
500 ml (2 cups) grape tomatoes, halved
4 lasagna noodles
175 ml (3/4 cup) ricotta cheese
50 ml (1/4 cup) grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh basil, for garnish (optional)
In a medium saucepan, combine beef, onion and garlic and brown. Add spaghetti sauce and frozen mixed vegetables; cover and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot, 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove from heat; stir in grape tomatoes.
Meanwhile, cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Cut each crosswise into 3 pieces; set aside.
In a small bowl, combine ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, salt and pepper.
Scoop some hot beef mixture onto each of 4 plates and top each with 2 noodle pieces, ovelapping. Top each with a spoonful of ricotta mixture, followed by more beef mixture. Repeat noodle, ricotta and beef layers.
Garnish each with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan and some fresh basil, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional information per serving: 517 calories; 35 g protein; 19 g fat; 51 g carbohydrate.
Source: Canadian Beef Inc.