A friend gave me this different casserole that I have made often when I didn't have any lasagna noodles on hand and we have gotten to a point that we even prefer it to the standard lasagna noodles. This is a must try!
1Spread bread slices with butter; cut up into large cubes. Arrange on jelly roll pan and toast in 350 oven for 7-10 minutes. Place 1/2 of the cubes in a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Drain fresh or canned tomatoes, reserving liquid. Top bread cubes with 1/2 fresh tomato slices, 1/2 reserved tomato liquid, 1/2 of ricotta, 1/2 of oil, 1/2 of chopped tomatoes, and half of the spices. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and sliced mozzarella. Bake covered in 350 oven for 40 mins. Uncover and bake 5 mins longer to brown top.