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Lasagna Roll-Ups with Roasted Pepper-Tomato Sauce
1 h 30 m
Diabetic Living Magazine
“Turkey sausage, sautéed vegetables, and mozzarella and ricotta cheeses are mixed with a delicious homemade tomato sauce and rolled up in lasagna noodles in this tasty makeover recipe of traditional lasagna.”
1 medium red onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (12 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained
¼ cup no-salt-added tomato paste
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
8 dried whole-wheat or regular lasagna noodles (7 ounces)
8 ounces smoked turkey sausage, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
¼ cup chopped fresh basil, divided, or 2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed
1Preheat oven to 350°F. Chop half of the red onion. Cut the remaining half into thin slivers. Lightly coat a medium nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat the skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic; cook for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Transfer the onion mixture to a blender or food processor. Add undrained tomatoes, roasted peppers, tomato paste, and vinegar. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Set aside.
2Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain again. Place the noodles in a single layer on a sheet of foil; set aside.
3Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add the red onion slivers, the sausage, and bell pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Add zucchini; cook 3 to 4 minutes more or until the zucchini is just softened, stirring occasionally.
4Combine egg whites, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, the ricotta cheese, and 2 tablespoons fresh basil (if using) or 2 teaspoons dried basil (if using) in a medium bowl.
5Lightly coat a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. Spread half of the reserved tomato sauce in the prepared dish; set aside. Spread a scant ¼ cup of the cheese mixture on each lasagna noodle. Top with a scant ⅓ cup of the turkey mixture. Starting from a short end, roll up each noodle. Place the lasagna rolls, seam sides down, in the prepared baking dish. Spoon the remaining sauce over the lasagna rolls.
6Bake, covered with foil, about 30 minutes or until lasagna rolls are heated through. Uncover and sprinkle with remaining ⅓ cup mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5 to 10 minutes more or until cheese melts. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle each serving with some of the remaining fresh basil (if using).