I haven’t had lasagna in a very long time, but I was craving the cheesy goodness. Instead of going traditional lasagna, I decided to try using cauliflower instead of pasta. Um, heck yes! The layers do not stay together as well as traditional lasagna, but the taste is the same. Give this healthier vegetable alternative to pasta a try!
1 pound ground beef, turkey, or chicken
3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
1 Package Sliced White Mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons sugar
3 TSP Italian seasoning, divided
1/2 TSP Cayenne Pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley (optional)
3 cups (24 ounces) small-curd cottage cheese
1 carton (8 ounces) Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
2 Small Heads of Cauliflower
In a large skillet, cook beef (or chicken or turkey) over medium heat until no longer pink
If liquid in pan, drain and add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic, sugar, 2 TSP Italian Seasoning, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat
While simmering, for 20 minutes, in another skillet, add EVOO to coat bottom
Once hot, add sliced mushrooms (break the larger pieces apart with your hands as you drop the mushrooms into the skillet) and cook until tender
In a large bowl, combine eggs and parsley
Stir in the cottage cheese, ricotta and Parmesan cheese
Core cauliflower and cut into 1 inch thick slices
Spray a 13×9 pan with cooking spray and add a layer of cauliflower, trying to cover as much of the bottom as possible.
Sprinkle spices (1/2 TSP Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper) on cauliflower layer
Pour mushrooms on top of cauliflower
Spread 1/2 meat sauce combination over mushrooms
Sprinkle 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese and top with the cheese mixture
Repeat process, but add cheese mixture firs,t then top with mozzarella cheese
Cover and bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 20 minutes longer or until heated through.
Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.