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November 3, 2012

Food Bloggers Los Angeles' Give Thanks

The FBLA had their Thanksgiving monthly meeting today.  One of the best reasons I appreciate this group is its' generous nature.  Always welcoming and open, he members share their ideas freely, whether it's knowledge of computers or recipes being sought.  While some are professional bloggers specializing in original recipes, there are also new bloggers testing the waters.  And the tidbits of learning come from all sides.

The week prior to the FBLA meeting, a friend of mine with a traditional 9-to-6 job sent a recipe for Pumpkin Mushroom Lasagne that she wanted to try, but didn't have time to make.  I was happy to bake for us, and she kindly agreed to buy the ingredients.  I'm so glad she suggested it!  I've found a new favorite lasagne, and it screams of fall, with notes of pumpkin and sage.  Try it; you won't be disappointed.

Pumpkin Lasagna
Reprinted from Taste of Home
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing 

1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms 
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt,
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin 
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
Dash pepper

9 no-cook lasagna noodles
1 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 

3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 

In a small skillet, saute the mushrooms, onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt in oil until tender; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin, cream, sage, pepper and remaining salt.
Spread 1/2 cup pumpkin sauce in an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with three noodles (noodles will overlap slightly). Spread 1/2 cup pumpkin sauce to edges of noodles. Top with half of mushroom mixture, 1/2 cup ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles and sauce.
Cover and bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 6 servings. 

Nutrition Facts: 1 piece equals 310 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 497 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 17 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat, 1 lean meat.

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