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Layered Tortilla and Cheese Lasagna
This is one of the most beautiful and delicious recipes to serve. Use a variety of colored tortillas to make it even more spectacular. When this dish is cut open to expose the tomato sauce, vegetables and cheese it looks amazing. I often prepare a couple of these to freeze, so I can bake them when I need them.
1 cup canned corn, drained
2 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 cups tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 cups canned chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1 cup light ricotta (5%)
1 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup shredded light cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp low-fat milk
pinch of salt and pepper
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
5 large flour tortillas
Preheat the oven to 350°f. Lightly coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Lightly coat a nonstick saucepan with vegetable oil and set over medium heat. Add the corn and sauté, stirring often, for about 8 minutes. Set aside.
Add the oil to the saucepan and keep over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the red and green peppers. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the tomato sauce, charred corn, basil, chili powder and cumin. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat.
Place the chickpeas in a bowl and mash them roughly with a fork. Add to the vegetable mixture and stir to combine.
In a separate bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses (reserve 1/4 cup of the cheddar for garnish). Add the milk and salt and pepper and stir until well combined.
Place a tortilla in the prepared springform pan. Spread with one-quarter of the vegetable-chickpea mixture. Sprinkle with one-quarter of the cheese mixture. Repeat the layers 3 times. Top with the final tortilla and sprinkle with the remaining cheddar cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Cover the pan tightly with foil.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then uncovered for 10 minutes or until it is completely heated through and the cheese has melted. Cut into 8 wedges with a sharp knife.
Recipe excerpted from Rose Reisman’s Family Favorites (Whitecap Books) by Rose Reisman. Photo by Ryan Szulc, from Rose Reisman’s Family Favorites (Whitecap Books)