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Olive Garden's Lasagna
Serving Size: 8

Ingredients:
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method


Cooking Directions:
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Lasagna strips
=== ALFREDO SAUCE ===
1/2 pound sweet or salted butter
12 ounces heavy cream
freshly-ground white pepper
1 1/2 cups fresh Parmesan -- grate
18 slices mozzarella cheese -- 1/2oz ea
=== RICOTTA MIXTURE ===
1 pint ricotta cheese
2 ounces Romano -- grate
3 ounces mozzarella -- shred
2 tablespoons green onions -- slice
2 teaspoons fresh parsley -- chop
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/4 cups Alfredo Sauce -- cooled
=== VEGETABLE MIXTURE ===
4 cups broccoli florets
2 cups coarsely-chopped carrots
4 cups mushrooms in 1/4" slices
2 cups diced red bell peppers
1 cup diced green bell pepper
1 cup diced yellow onion
2 cups sliced zucchini

Lay out enough dry lasagna strips in a 9- by 13-inch pan to ensure you
have enough to make 3 full layers, with very little overlap on each layer.
Remove the dry strips and cook according to package instructions until
barely "al dente" and drain.

Alfredo Sauce: Heat water to a boil in the bottom of a double boiler.
Add butter, cream and pepper to the top pot and heat until butter is
completely melted, then stir in Parmesan until melted and blended. Remove
top pot and set aside to cool. Divide the sauce into 2 equal portions.
Refrigerate 1 portion for use later.

Ricotta Cheese Mixture: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and blend
thoroughly with a rubber spatula. Set aside at room temperature.

Vegetables: Combine all vegetables and mix well.

Assembly: Coat the bottom and sides of a 9- by 13-inch baking dish with
vegetable spray. Lay out cooked lasagna strips (about 4) to cover entire
bottom. Spread 1 1/4 cup of the Ricotta mix evenly over the strips. Top
with 8 cups of vegetable mix and spread out evenly. Lay out 9 of the
mozzarella slices to cover the vegetable layer. Repeat this layering.
Top the second layer of mozzarella slices with lasagna strips and spread
them evenly with 1 1/4 cups ricotta cheese mix to finish.

Cooking: Spray a sheet of foil with vegetable spray and cover the baking
dish tightly with the foil, sprayed-side down. Bake in a preheated 375
degree oven for about an hour or until the internal temp is 165 degrees.

Remove from the oven and allow to sit for a few minutes, covered, before
cutting and serving. Immediately prior to serving, heat the reserved
portion of Alfredo Sauce and ladle the hot sauce over each slice of
lasagna as it is served.

This recipe yields 8 servings.




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