By People Staff
October 11, 2010 12:00 PM



The actress and mom of two shares one of her kid-friendly recipes as part of a celebrity drive to encourage family dinners


Serves 8

12 pasta sheets from 1 box of oven ready lasagna

6 cups of marinara sauce

4 tbsp. olive oil

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 bunch asparagus, sliced thin on bias

2 large zucchini, diced

Salt (to taste)

Black pepper (to taste)

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 container (15 oz.) ricotta cheese

1 egg

2 cups shredded mozzarella

1. Preheat oven to 375. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until golden (about 1 minute).

2. Add vegetables and saute for 4 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

3. Combine ricotta cheese, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and an egg in a large bowl. Mix well. Spray a 13 × 9-in. baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread 1 cup marinara sauce on bottom of the pan.

4. Add a layer of 3 uncooked lasagna sheets. Spread 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture on top. Add 1/3 of the vegetable mixture and top with 1 cup of marinara sauce. Layer 3 more sheets of lasagna, 1/3 of the ricotta and 1½ cups marinara sauce.

5. Layer 3 more lasagna sheets, the rest of the ricotta mixture and vegetables and 1 cup sauce.

6. Finish with 3 lasagna sheets, remaining sauce, and top with mozzarella and the rest of Parmesan cheese.

7. Bake covered for 50-60 minutes. Uncover and bake until cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes. Serve.

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The Grey’s Anatomy star and avid cyclist picks his fave spots to explore on two wheels


“This is the town I grew up in,” says Dempsey of the site of the Dempsey Challenge, the star’s annual cycling fund-raiser for his cancer center. “You ride past villages and lakes on beautiful New England back roads.”


“I have a place outside of Tyler where I do a lot of riding on country roads,” he says. “There’s so much farmland-it’s nice to be in isolation. It gives you time to reflect and get the nervous energy out.”


“When I was in Louisiana filming Flypaper, I trained around the lake at LSU,” he says. “The paths are nice, flat and friendly. You may see the school’s cycling team riding on the levee.”


“A lot of pro cyclists train in Latigo Canyon in Malibu,” says Dempsey of the oceanside expanse. “But you have to be cautious on the Pacific Coast Highway because of traffic, so go on off hours.”

For info on the Dempsey Challenge (running Oct. 2 and 3), visit