Cheesy and rich-tasting, this vegetarian casserole recipe will please calorie watchers. To spice it up even more, use chunky chili-tomato sauce. Make-ahead and freezer friendly, it's the ideal dish to have ready to serve with little notice.
- 9 lasagna noodles (8 ounces)
- 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped green sweet pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 15-ounce cans low-sodium tomato sauce or tomato sauce with seasonings
- 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
- 1 12-ounce container low-fat cottage cheese
- 1 8-ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
- 1/4 cup light dairy sour cream
- Tomato slices (optional)
- Fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
- Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Mash one can of the beans; set aside.
- Lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray; add onion, green sweet pepper, and garlic. Cook and stir over medium heat until tender but not brown. Add mashed beans, unmashed beans, tomato sauce, and snipped cilantro; heat through.
- In a large bowl combine cottage cheese, cream cheese, and sour cream; set aside. Spray a 13x9x2-inch baking dish or 3-quart rectangular casserole with nonstick coating. Arrange three of the noodles in the dish. Top with one-third of the bean mixture. Spread with one-third of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice, ending with bean mixture. Reserve the remaining cheese mixture.
- Bake, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until heated through. Dollop with reserved cheese mixture. Let stand for 10 minutes. Garnish with tomato slices and cilantro, if desired. Makes 8 servings.
- Refrigerate unbaked casserole, covered, up to 1 day, and bake as directed. Or, freeze up to 1 month; thaw frozen casserole in refrigerator overnight, and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until heated through.
- Calories 340, Total Fat 8 g, Saturated Fat 5 g, Cholesterol 25 mg, Sodium 589 mg, Carbohydrate 49 g, Fiber 8 g, Protein 21 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 21%, Vitamin C 31%, Iron 21%.
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet