Inside-Out Lasagna


Here we take basic lasagna ingredients--ricotta cheese, pasta and tomatoes--and skip the layering and long baking time to make a super-quick and satisfying meal for the whole family. To cut down on prep time, look for presliced mushrooms. For meat lovers, brown some crumbled turkey sausage along with the onions and garlic. Serve with: Steamed broccoli and whole-grain baguette.

Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat rotini or fusilli

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves cloves garlic, sliced

  • 8 ounces sliced white mushrooms (about 3 1/2 cups)

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs

  • 8 cups baby spinach

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

  • ¾ cup part-skim ricotta cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta; cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms release their liquid, 4 to 6 minutes.

  3. Add tomatoes, spinach and crushed red pepper (if using). Increase heat to medium-high; cook, stirring once halfway through, until the spinach is wilted, about 4 minutes.

  4. Toss the sauce with the pasta and divide among 4 bowls. Dollop each serving with 3 tablespoons of ricotta.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

339 Calories
9g Fat
54g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 339
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 54g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 18g 35%
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Vitamin A 4572IU 91%
Vitamin C 27mg 30%
Folate 142mcg 35%
Sodium 493mg 21%
Calcium 231mg 18%
Iron 4mg 24%
Magnesium 139mg 33%
Potassium 815mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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