Broccoli Lasagna

  After my success with getting G to eat tomatoes, I decided to go for the gold.  He hates broccoli.  He loves lasagna though, so I thought we might have a chance with this.

  Here’s what we’re making:
  Here’s what you need: (brace yourself, it’s a long list)
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 can diced tomatoes*, un-drained
8 oz tomato sauce
6 oz tomato paste
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
9 lasagna noodles (cooked and drained)
3 cups broccoli** (cooked and drained)
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese
* Make certain to use a well flavored diced tomato or your lasagna will be bland
**This is about 1 large bunch of fresh (or you can get frozen)
  Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease or spray a cooking dish and set aside.
  Heat your olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add your garlic and mushrooms and cook, stirring until your mushrooms are browned and beginning to release liquid.  Stir in your tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, oregano, basil and pepper flakes.  Simmer over low heat while continuing the recipe, stirring on occasion.
  Next, in a medium sized bowl, combine your parsley, ricotta and mozzarella.  Mix it all together into a cheesy, delicious mess.
  Place 3 of your noodles into the bottom of your baking pan.  Spread half of your cheese mixture over top and then cover with half of your broccoli on top.  Ladle 1/3 of your tomato mixture onto the broccoli and then repeat the layering.  The last 3 noodles go on top of the second layer and are topped with the remaining tomato mixture.  Cover everything with tinfoil and bake for 25 minutes.
  After 25 minutes, uncover your lasagna and top with any remaining mozzarella and your Parmesan cheese.  Bake uncovered for 10 minutes.  Let it sit for at least 10 minutes to cool to keep from digging into lava lasagna!
  …well, I wish I could say it was a win…that G dug in and is now a broccoli convert, but I’m not going to lie to you.  He didn’t fight nearly as hard against eating it as he does non-stealth broccoli, but he didn’t love it either.  Both the Mr. and I enjoy this, but I guess I can’t be too upset with G, after all, the lasagna he prefers is full of spinach.

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