Vegetarian Lasagna

I made this dish especially for Cam who was craving a good lasagna with white sauce and cheese. This recipe is essentially a classic beef lasagna recipe with lentils instead of beef mince and is wonderfully scrumptious comfort food. The flavours and texture work great together; try it out on your meat eating friends or family and see if they can taste the difference!! A great dish for those new to vegetarianism or anyone wanting to reduce meat from their diet; it sure hits the spot as far as lasagna cravings go : )

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Recipe

Vegetarian Lasagna
Preparation time: 55mins // Serves 4-6

  • 1½ cup brown lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 250g (9 oz) of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes (I used no animal content ‘beef’ stock cubes)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbs red wine
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 50g (2 oz) butter (dairy or non-dairy)
  • ¼ cup plain flour
  • 350ml (12 fl oz) milk (diary or non-dairy)
  • ½ cup vegetarian parmesan or sharp tasty cheese, grated
  • 8 lasagne sheets

Rinse the lentils until the water runs clean. Bring the lentils, water and bay leaves to the boil; simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 210°C (410°F)

Meanwhile heat a small amount of olive oil in a large frypan. Add the onion and cook for 1-2 minutes until soft.

Add the garlic and cook for a further minute until fragrant. Add the carrot and cherry tomatoes, stock cubes, sugar, wine and tomato paste and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.

Add the lentils to the sauce with remaining liquid and continue to simmer for 10-15 minutes; season with salt and pepper to taste.

To make the white sauce melt the butter in a medium saucepan over a low heat; add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until combined. Remove from the heat and gradually add milk, stirring until smooth. Return to the heat and slowly bring to the boil over a gentle heat, cook for 10 minutes until sauce starts to thicken. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large baking dish layer the lentils with the sauce and cheese and then top with lasagna sheets. Continue to layer finishing with a layer of cheese.

Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30-35mins until golden on top.

Serve with a simple green salad for a delicious main meal.

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