A Really Good Vegetable Lasagne

Layer, layer, layer like a good compost pile. And it’s just as delicious!

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

lasagne sheets, fresh or instant
200g mozzarella cheese, or parmesan

SPICY TOMATO SAUCE (Arrabbiata)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium size onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 fresh chilli, medium, finely diced
1 C pitted olives
2 tbsp capers, drained
4 C ripe tomatoes, diced (or equivalent)
handful fresh basil
salt & pepper

GRILLED VEGETABLES
use what you have here, such as:
2 zucchini
1 eggplant
1 red capsicum
small wedge pumpkin
handful mushrooms
greens eg. kale, spinach, silverbeet

LEMON RICOTTA
500g fresh ricotta
rind and juice of 1 lemon
small handful basil, sliced
salt and pepper

Method

When one of our customers wrote in telling us they’d found a recipe for the World’s Best Vegetable Lasagna, we thought gee that’s a big call.  But after giving the recipe a bash with some tasty seasonal veg, we do agree it’s totally delicious and definitely worth sharing here.  Mostly on account of the lemon ricotta (what a genius idea, sorry bechamel) and the most excellent spicy tomato sauce.  A pretty fabulous lasagne, really!  Here’s our adapted version.


Really Good Vegetable Lasagne

Make the sauce. This (along with cooking some veggies) can be made ahead of time, possibly even in a large quantity for several different meals). Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add onion, garlic, and chilli and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add olives, capers & fresh tomatoes, and cook a couple minutes more before adding the rest of the ingredients. If you’re out of fresh tomatoes, replace with a couple of tins or small bottles of crushed tomatoes. Cook for 10 minutes, lower the heat and let simmer for a half-hour or more with a lid on.

Grill or bake whichever veggies you have to use – zucchini, eggplant, capsicum, mushrooms, kale, pumpkin etc. Slice evenly and coat them with a little olive oil and salt, lightly roasting them under the grill or in a griddle pan or on a tray in the oven. As a guide, try 1-2 zucchini, 1 eggplant, 1 capsicum and a half bunch of silverbeet or spinach (this doesn’t need roasting) for a medium sized lasagne.

Mix ricotta ingredients together in a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 175°C. Cover the bottom of a baking dish with a thin layer of tomato sauce, then add a layer of lasagna, a layer of lemon-ricotta, then grilled vegetables, fresh greens, then cover with a layer of that delicious tomato sauce. Repeat 2-3 times. Top the last layer with the rest of the vegetables, the tomato sauce, the lemon-ricotta and the grated mozzarella cheese. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes, until crispy golden on top.

Recipe adapted with thanks from Green Kitchen Stories.

Hints and Tips

If you would like a gluten free option, use gluten free instant lasagna sheets.

Make your own ricotta using this recipe. It’s easy and wonderfully yum!

To keep the recipe low in lactose, use a hard & mature cheese like parmesan instead of mozzarella.

comments
  • Leonie

    Thanks for vegetarian lasagne recipe, and agree, though haven’t tried it yet, the lemon ricotta instead of bechamel sauce could be a good alternative. BUT, the recipe for making lactose free ricotta is a must to make.

  • Helene

    You’re not wrong about the messy bit! I haven’t made a lasagna in years, and this recipe caught my eye, but my kitchen looks like a bomb hit it! It’s in the oven now, with vegan ricotta, vegan mozzarella, and I’m thinking it’s either going to be really awful or really delicious!! Hope it’s the latter!

  • Helene

    The verdict is in, we’ve just had this for dinner, and it’s delicious!!! Great recipe, and the vegan cheeses I used were just fine!

  • Sallyanne

    A bit of preparation, but worth the effort. The taste was delicious.

  • Margaret

    Thanks This inspired my lasagne last week did not make the sauce but mixed olives and capers in with roast veg and used chili oil to pep up my mother in laws passata – great combination – think I will mix through some milk or oil into ricotta to get smoother topping
    Next time I have fresh tomatoes I will make the sauce

    • Aisha Lloyd Bonney

      Thanks so much for making our recipe and adapting it in such a beautiful way! Mother in law’s passata – delish! You can make ricotta using a combination of both milk and cream which might yield a creamier result? Would love to hear how you go with the milk or oil option 🙂

  • Craig

    This is by far the best lasagne recipe I’ve ever cooked! Delicious blend of flavours. The lemon ricotta is inspirational and the Arrabbiata is classic. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to cook a lasagne from fresh, wholesome ingredients.

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