Vegetable Lasagna

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Intro: Vegetable Lasagna

I love vegetable lasagna! It's a little lighter than regular lasagna and has tons more flavor. I've tried several times to make vegetable lasagna with zucchini and squash as the noodles and it's never really turned out that well so this is my compromise!

I use zucchini and squash as two of the layers in this vegetable lasagna, but I still use lasagna noodles to help soak up some of the extra moisture and add more stability. :D

Step 1: Ingredients

Please note that I had a brain fart and assembled double of some of the ingredients for this photo. I was rushing. I dunno.

Lasagna Ingredients:
  • tomato sauce or canned tomatoes for making sauce - at least 4-6 cups
  • one box no boil lasagna noodles
  • one zucchini
  • one yellow squash
  • one jalapeno (or bell pepper!)
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 15 oz container ricotta cheese
  • 16 oz mozzarella
  • 1/2-1 cup parmesan
  • Italian seasoning
  • crushed red pepper
Sauce Ingredients:
  • one 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • couple tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 pound ground beef or Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • pinch of crushed red pepper
  • pinch of oregano
  • pinch of basil

You don't have to stick with the veggies I used, either! You can add mushrooms, greens, more onions, etc.

Also, I really really recommend the no boil lasagna noodles. I was at one point a total snob about it and would never buy them, but they're actually pretty great! I like that it's less work for me while assembling, and they stay nice and firm while cooking, too. :D

    Step 2: Prep the Veg and Make the Sauce

    To prep the veg, cut them into small pieces and saute them with some olive oil in a pan. Add a good pinch of salt over them - this will help them release some of their moisture which is important for successful vegetable lasagna!

    To make the sauce, cook diced onion in olive oil til soft, and then add the ground beef, garlic, tomato paste and seasonings. Stir until really fragrant and then meat starts to brown and break up, and then add in the crushed tomatoes. Pour some water into the tomato can and swish it around and then pour that into the pot. Stir well and let simmer while the veg continue to lose moisture. It needs only about 10 minutes to simmer, really.

    Step 3: Cheese Prep

    Spoon your ricotta into a bowl and add a good pinch of Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper. I like to add a little black pepper too. Mix around until well combined.

    Shred your mozzarella or cut into small slices.

    Step 4: Layering!

    This is the way I layered:
    1. spoonful of sauce on the bottom of the pan
    2. lasagna noodles
    3. 1/2 the ricotta cheese
    4. 1/2 the sauteed vegetables
    5. mozzarella cheese
    6. sauce to cover
    Do that twice and then sprinkle parmesan cheese on the top. :D

    Step 5: Baking!

    Bake in a 400 F oven for 30-40 minutes or until you can easily pierce through the noodles with a knife and the top is lightly browned.

    Try not to eat it all at once. The boy and I have eaten 1/2 of it, and it's only been a day since I made it. :D

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      smusekiwa

      2 years ago

      thank you for the ingredients. the only part that's missing is oven temperature and how much time needed to boil up pasta.

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      jessyratfinksmusekiwa

      Reply 2 years ago

      Pasta will depend entirely on the type you buy - just cook them slightly less than they suggest. I didn't supply directions because I prefer the no-boil noodles. :)

      Temperature is on the last step - 400 F!

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      SophiesFoodieFiles

      2 years ago

      You said vegetable lasagna but there is beef in there! But it looks so tasty! :)

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      acuchetto

      4 years ago

      Looks and sounds good. The name is slightly misleading, though, since the gravy uses meat.

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      Yes, I agree! I would use a different title... Vegetarians would not want to eat this. However, love the concept and going to try it out!! I make a mean lasagna but always up for something different. Some days I feel like I make the same dishes over and over again. Love to keep my taste buds pleasantly surprised with new recipes. Thank you for posting!! Looks delicious! (PS I love the ready to cook noodles myself! Saves tons of prep time and mess!)

      My ADD and mild dyslexia created a feedback loop with the title such that the first letters of the words got switched, while other letters were deleted. Hilarity ensued. That said, this looks really good!