Spring Vegetable and Goat Cheese Lasagna

Spring Vegetable and Goat Cheese Lasagna

Serves 6

2 T extra virgin olive oil

1 leek, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise into 1/4" pieces

1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1/2 - 1 inch pieces

1 zucchini, chopped into bite sized pieces

5 oz fresh baby spinach

15 oz ricotta cheese

4 oz goat cheese at room temperature

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

4 oz pesto

no-boil lasagna noodles

1/2 cup shredded Italian cheeses such as mozzarella, Parmesan, and Asiago

Heat 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add leeks, asparagus, and zucchini. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables just begin to soften. Add spinach and stir in. Cook until wilted, about one minute. Vegetables will continue to cook as lasagna bakes and should not be soft. Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta, goat cheese, egg, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

Spread a thin layer of pesto over the bottom of an 11 x 7" casserole dish. Place a layer of lasagna noodles over the pesto. Spoon half of the vegetable mixture over the noodles. Spread half the ricotta mixture over the vegetables. Top ricotta layer with a second layer of noodles, then pesto, the rest of the vegetables, and the rest of the ricotta mixture. Sprinkle shredded cheeses over top. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until noodles are cooked through. If cheese begins to brown too much cover with foil.