Almost Lasagna (Foodservice portion)

Recipe courtesy of the Mushroom Council and Recipe adapted from MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better, by Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.


Whip up this easy mushroom lasagna Italian dinner recipe for the whole family.

Yield: 24 servings

Serving Size: 3 cups prepared recipe


4 pounds long fusilli pasta or linguine
1/2 cup trans-fat free margarine, melted
2 pounds white button mushrooms
2 pounds cremini mushrooms
1/4 cup olive oil
4 pounds 93% lean ground beef
4 small carrots, diced
4 small onions, diced
8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (10-pound) can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes, drained (about 13 cups)
4 teaspoons salt
1 1/3 cups fresh basil leaves, torn
2 cups low-fat ricotta cheese
1 1⁄3 cups chopped flat-leaf parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley)


1. Cook pasta as package directs. Drain and toss with melted margarine. Keep warm.

2. Meanwhile chop mushrooms into ¼-inch pieces.

3. Heat olive oil in a large rondeau or skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef, mushrooms, carrot, onion, and garlic. Sauté, breaking up beef into small bits until onions are translucent, about 8 minutes. Season with freshly ground black pepper.

4. Stir in the tomatoes, salt, and basil. Simmer for five minutes. Keep warm for service.

5. In a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese and parsley.

6. Toss hot pasta with meat sauce. For each serving, scoop about 2 tablespoons ricotta mixture into a shallow bowl; top with a heaping cup of pasta & sauce mixture.

Tips: Substitute firm tofu or 100% ground turkey breast meat for ground beef. For buffet service, scoop ricotta mixture into bottom of hotel pan and top with pasta mixture. Garnish with chopped fresh basil and parsley.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 449; Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 4 g; Cholesterol: 30 mg; Sodium: 116 mg; Carbohydrate: 64 g; Dietary Fiber: 4 g; Protein: 22 g

Family portion


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