Monday, 18 January 2010

Vegetable Lasagna

At this time of year, I frequently feel the need to make dishes that are smothered in cheese... I think my body is trying its hardest to fatten me up for winter! And something like lasagna, that I can just layer up and stick in the oven, is the best kind of easy comfort food.

Vegetable lasagna

It's also, in my opinion, great fun to make - and you can amuse yourself thinking of new things to put in the layers. Just make sure you chop hard vegetables more finely than soft ones, and everything should cook at about the right rate.

Vegetable Lasagna
Serves 3/4

9 sheets of dried lasagna
300ml tomato passanda
400ml white sauce
100g cheddar cheese
2tbsp parmesan or similar hard cheese
1 small red onion
2 medium carrots
1 courgette
100g chestnut mushrooms
1/2 yellow pepper
1/2 green pepper
chilli & pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

  2. Finely chop the onion, carrots, and peppers. Cut the courgettes and mushrooms into thick slices. Grate, or thinly slice, the cheddar.

  3. Put the onion and carrot into the base of your dish, spread half the passanda across, and season with pepper and chilli.

  4. Lay down a layer of lasagna (three sheets).

  5. Lay courgette slices on top of the lasagna, and spread half the white sauce across it. Sprinkle on about 1/3 of the cheddar.

  6. Put in another layer of lasagna.

  7. Spread out the mushrooms and peppers, spoon on the remaining passanda, and add a little more seasoning.

  8. Add the third (and final) layer of pasta.

  9. Spread the remaining white sauce evenly, and top with the remaining cheddar and parmesan.

  10. Bake for approximately an hour, until the pasta is soft and the cheese is bubbly.

Vegetable lasagna - in progress


Fly Girl said...

Since I don't eat red meat, vegetable lasagna is my favorite version of this dish. I usually include artichokes as well.

Anonymous said...

Oooooo, hummmmmmy! I'm definitely going to try this dish out this week!

Toni said...

I know what you mean about eating 'comfort food' in the winter. I've just polished up a lovely chilli con carne with cheese on the top - lovely! :)

mangocheeks said...

Spot on for the weather.

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm not a veggie person, but I would totally eat that.

Anonymous said...

I've never made a vegetable version but I've eaten it happily for years. I plan to change that!

Tabor said...

Darn, I was thinking of just having popcorn tonight.

Jacqueline said...

Mmmmm, gorgeous! May I come to dinner?

Kimberly said...

Yum! Seems like everyone is in the mood for comfort food today.

Jen said...

Yum! I love vegetable lasagna. This is not an unhealthy recipe.

Anonymous said...

I love me some veges and that lasagna looks and sounds amazing.

Anonymous said...

I'm totally going to save this recipe for a day when I've overcome my irrational fear of the oven.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your lasagna looks soo yummy!
Stopping by from SITS!

"And so our stories go..." said...

Wow, does this look yummy on this cold, rainy Tuesday. Lovely.

Chef E said...

I have not made a lasagna in a while, I need to make this! With some warm buttery bread, and then a ride on my bike sounds better and better!

Sophie said...

I love home made lasagne & yours looks grand!!


Joey Zab said...

Will try this recipe, thanks.

Jennifer said...

Yummy! I was planning on making lasagna this week, so this is perfect timing for me! :-)

Thanks for stopping by my blog and wishing me a happy blogiversary the other day!

Melissa B. said...

The only veggie lasagna I've ever made is of the zuchinni variety, so thanks for this. I'll try it soon. SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

The Little Mermaid

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Wow I would love this but the boys would complain of the lack of meat. Looks delish :)

Anonymous said...

Parmesan isn't vegetarian!

Rachel Cotterill said...

@bunnykitchen you're quite right, of course -- I was being lazy and just using 'parmesan' as a shorthand for 'vegetarian parmesan-style cheese' but I should really update this with a note in case any non-veggie readers are thinking of cooking for a friend :-)

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