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Black Bean Lasagne

By Mariealicerayner @MarieRynr
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This is an easy Vegetarian dish I have had on my list of things to make for a very long time.  I can't even remember where it came from now.   I think possibly it was a Pillsbury recipe, but I can't say for sure.  In any case it I finally got it made the other day and it wasn't half bad!
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It was easy and quick to make, and very hearty with the beans.   We didn't miss the meat at all.  If I do it again, however . . .  I will use two tins of beans.  I thought one wasn't quite beany enough . . .   I might even be tempted to add another type of bean, like maybe a Pinto with the black.  Or even a tin of refried beans.  Now, that would rock.
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Also I used a mild salsa and I wanted a bit more kick to next time I will use a zestier one, with a bit more punch.  Mixing it with the tinned tomatoes waters it down more than a bit, so go for a medium or a hot, depending on how you like spice.
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You want to season it really well and don't skimp on the garlic or the cheese.   I would probably add a bit more than the recipe calls for.  I think some black olives would be a nice addition also, but only if you like them.
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I know it sounds like I would change a lot, but really I wouldn't . . .  those are just suggestions.  On the whole it was a great basic recipe that I feel you could improvise with and play with a bit to make it even better.   I hope you'll give it a go with my suggestions on board!
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*Black Bean Lasagne*
Serves 6 - 8Printable Recipe   
A delicious vegetarian lasagne, with spicy tex-mex flavours.   Easy and quick to make too. 
1 (400g) tin of black beans, drained and rinsed (15 oz )1 (400g) tin of chopped tomatoes in tomato juice, undrained (14 oz)1 medium onion, peeled and chopped1 small green pepper, trimmed and seeds discarded, chopped125ml of prepared tomato salsa (1/2 cup)1 tsp mild chili powder (or according to your tastes)1/2 tsp ground cumin1/2 tsp saltFor the cheese filling:250g of light ricotta cheese1 small free range egg1 tsp parsley flakes1/8 tsp garlic powdersalt to taste10 uncooked lasagne noodles1/2 pound of a mix cheddar and mozzarella cheese, grated
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Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F. gas mark 4.  Butter a 9 inch square deep baking dish.
Tip the beans into a bowl.  Mash lightly with a potato masher.  You still want some whole beans.   Stir in the tomatoes, onions, green pepper, salsa, chili powder, cumin and salt.   Mix well together and set aside.
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Whisk together the ricotta cheese, egg, garlic powder, salt and parsley flakes.
Spread a bit of the tomato mixture in the bottom of the baking dish.   Top with half of the noodles, allowing some of them to overlap.   Top with half of the remaining tomato mixture.  Spread all of the ricotta mixture over top of the tomato and bean mixture.  Sprinkle on 1/2 of the cheese.  Top with the remaining noodles, again allowing them to overlap.  Top with the remaining tomato/bean mixture.
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Cover with the rest of the cheese.  Lightly grease a sheet of foil wrap.  Cover the casserole, greased side down.   Bake in the oven for 35 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer, until the noodles are tender and the mixture is golden.   Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting into squares to serve.

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