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Polenta Lasagna

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Ingredients

  • 4 1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups whole grain yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 tsp. finely chopped fresh marjoram
  • 1 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped leeks
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Directions

Bring 4 cups water to a boil in medium saucepan over high heat. Slowly add cornmeal to water; stirring constantly with wire whisk. Reduce heat to low, and stir in marjoram.

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Simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until polenta thickens and pulls away from side of saucepan. Spread on 13x9-inch ungreased baking sheet. Cover and chill about 1 hour or until firm.

Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir mushrooms, leeks and garlic 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Sir in mozzarella, basil, oregano and black pepper.

Place bell peppers and remaining 1/4 cup water in food processor or blender; cover and process until smooth. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 11 X 7-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Cut cold polenta into 12 (3 1/2 -inch) squares; arrange 6 squares in bottom of prepared dish. Spread with half of bell pepper mixture, half of vegetable mixture and 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Place remaining 6 squares polenta over Parmesan. Top with remaining bell pepper and vegetable mixtures and Parmesan.

Bake 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and polenta is golden brown. Cut into 6 wedges before serving.

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