Lasagna with a Southwest twist. This can be frozen unbaked and kept for up to a month. Simply thaw in refrigerator overnight and bake as directed. Tastes even better reheated the second day!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

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  • Coat a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray, and place over medium heat. Saute onion, red bell pepper, corn and garlic until tender. Stir in black beans, refried beans, tomato sauce, salsa and 1/4 cup cilantro. Cook until heated through and slightly thickened; set aside.

  • In a large bowl, combine cottage cheese, ricotta, sour cream, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and remaining 1/4 cup chopped cilantro; set aside.

  • Coat a 9x13 inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange 3 of the cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of the dish, cutting to fit if necessary. Spread with 1/3 of the bean mixture, then 1/3 of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice more.

  • Cover, and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Garnish with sliced black olives and sprigs of cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

361.1 calories; protein 20.9g 42% DV; carbohydrates 39.7g 13% DV; fat 14.4g 22% DV; cholesterol 34.7mg 12% DV; sodium 1067.2mg 43% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2007
Excellent recipe. I made this last night and luckily it's good because I will be eating it for the next week! I could not find refried black beans at my supermarket so I bought an extra can of regular black beans and mashed them before preparing that part. I also added chopped jalapenos (from a jar) to the bean mixture since I like my food on the spicy side. I added approximately a quarter cup to begin with but ended up with something more like 1/2 by taste. I ate a leftover piece for lunch and the peppers did not warm up too much overnight. With a 1/2 c. of jalapenos (and medium salsa) I would still categorize the hotness as fairly mild. - that is my old review and I have made this recipe many many times since then. I've tried it with the refried black beans and I really think it works better the way I originally made it (two regular cans one partially mashed). It was a bit too beany with the refried beans. I am known as the vegetarian in my office and I made it for a bunch of meat lovers there recently. No leftovers at all! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2006
This turned out well after a little doctoring. First I used regular burrito sized tortillas like someone mentioned I didn t think pasta went well with Tex-Mex. The tortillas soak up a lot of the moisture which helps solve the problem people are having about it not setting well. Plus the tortillas become very soft and taste very much like pasta. I didn t use the salsa because it was already pretty wet but I added a packet of GOYA Sazón to the mix for flavor. I made my own refried black beans by mashing them and cooking them with garlic lime and burrito seasoning (the kind from the packet). I also used yellow Spanish rice in the bottom two layers I didn t cook the rice all the way so that it could absorb some of the liquid. Read More
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63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2006
This turned out well after a little doctoring. First I used regular burrito sized tortillas like someone mentioned I didn t think pasta went well with Tex-Mex. The tortillas soak up a lot of the moisture which helps solve the problem people are having about it not setting well. Plus the tortillas become very soft and taste very much like pasta. I didn t use the salsa because it was already pretty wet but I added a packet of GOYA Sazón to the mix for flavor. I made my own refried black beans by mashing them and cooking them with garlic lime and burrito seasoning (the kind from the packet). I also used yellow Spanish rice in the bottom two layers I didn t cook the rice all the way so that it could absorb some of the liquid. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2005
Have made this two years in a row for christmas and is always a hit. My girlfriend loves it too. I almost always add a red & green pepper plus a jalapeno peper. As an update I bought the "no boil" noodles on accident last time I made this. I found they took out some of the excess moisture and made it much easier to dish. I'll probably use the no-boil noodles again for this recipe. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2007
Excellent recipe. I made this last night and luckily it's good because I will be eating it for the next week! I could not find refried black beans at my supermarket so I bought an extra can of regular black beans and mashed them before preparing that part. I also added chopped jalapenos (from a jar) to the bean mixture since I like my food on the spicy side. I added approximately a quarter cup to begin with but ended up with something more like 1/2 by taste. I ate a leftover piece for lunch and the peppers did not warm up too much overnight. With a 1/2 c. of jalapenos (and medium salsa) I would still categorize the hotness as fairly mild. - that is my old review and I have made this recipe many many times since then. I've tried it with the refried black beans and I really think it works better the way I originally made it (two regular cans one partially mashed). It was a bit too beany with the refried beans. I am known as the vegetarian in my office and I made it for a bunch of meat lovers there recently. No leftovers at all! Read More
(18)
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Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2006
My husband really liked this. I had a hard time reconciling the taste. Is it Italian or is it Mexican? I ate the leftovers today and it was good but it's missing some spice. When I tasted the sauce I thought it was bland so I threw in some basic spices before I even baked it. I think next time I'll add taco seasoning to the ricotta mixture. I added a chedder layer on top and every bite with that is really good. I think it's just a little too bland on its own. I was surprised to read that others had trouble with it being soupie. Mine set perfectly. I made sure my sauce was pretty thick before I assembled it though. Lasagna has gotten pretty old to me and this was a nice twist. Next time it gets more spices though. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2010
I did add extra spices (chili powder oregano cumin cayenne pepper--skipped the cilantro just because I don't like it) like other reviewers suggested and I used pepper jack cheese to get in a bit of extra kick there plus threw some hot sauce into the bean mixture. With those changes it came out really excellent with a good kick.:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/27/2003
I feel like the odd ball. I was not very crazy about this dish. I thought when I read the recipe and reviews that it sounded very good and flavorful. I decided to add some chili powder cumin and red pepper flakes give it a little kick. I still thought it tasted kind of bland and did not want to eat the leftovers. The rest of my family agreed. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/16/2004
This was not our favorite. I may try again spice it up more and use flour tortillas instead of pasta. It's just something about Mexican and pasta that just doesn't mix with us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2006
This recipe was great! I made it for my carnivorous husband. We had my inlaws over to try it. They all loved it. Everyone had seconds and my inlaws have asked for the recipe. I used whole wheat noodles reduced-sodium/no fat pasta sause and 1% cottage cheese. I also couldn't find re-fried black beans so I used regular re-fried beans. I didn't have any problems with excess moisture. The difference might be that after I assembled the lasanga the meal time was delayed by 2 hours so I stuck everything in the fridge. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2011
This is a great recipe that has become one of our staples. I also add zucchini yellow squash and mushrooms to the black bean/corn mixture to give it more servings of veggies and it's delicious. It's great with green onion and black olives on top:) Read More
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