Tomato, vegetable and herb lasagne

    3 hours

    This beautiful vegetarian lasagne is chock-a-block with fresh veg and yummy cheeses - tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, courgettes and onion as well as ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and classic Italian herbs. Please note, it is fine to use regular ricotta cheese in this recipe if you like.

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    Serves: 15 

    • 450g lasagne sheets
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
    • 4 teaspoons dried basil, divided
    • 400g passata
    • 800g chopped tomatoes
    • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
    • 570g reduced fat ricotta cheese
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 40g grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 onion, sliced
    • 450g fresh mushrooms, sliced
    • 450g fresh spinach, rinsed and chopped
    • 2 courgettes, sliced
    • 450g grated mozzarella chese
    • 80g grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:2hr  ›  Ready in:3hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. In a medium saucepan sauté chopped onion and bay leaf in 4 tablespoons oil until onion is tender. Add garlic, oregano and 2 teaspoons basil; cook and stir for 2 more minutes and add passata and tomatoes. Simmer over low heat for 1 hour. Stir in cinnamon and set pan aside.
    3. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil, add lasagne sheets and bring water to the boil again. Cook until pasta is al dente and drain.
    4. Mix together ricotta, eggs, 40g Parmesan cheese and 2 teaspoons basil.
    5. In a pot sauté sliced onion and mushrooms in 2 tablespoons oil until tender. Add spinach and courgettes to the pot. Cover and cook until spinach is wilted.
    6. Spread 120g of the tomato mixture into a 20x30cm baking tin. Place 1 layer of cooked lasagne sheets on top; spread all of the ricotta mixture onto the pasta; place another layer of pasta sheets atop the ricotta mixture; pour 480ml tomato mixture onto the pasta; arrange all of the sautéed vegetables on top of the sauce; arrange another layer of pasta sheets; pour the remaining tomato mixture over the final layer of pasta and top with mozzarella cheese and 80g Parmesan cheese.
    7. Bake the lasagne for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the lasagne from the oven and let it cool 10 minutes before serving.

    Parmesan cheese

    Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'Parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.

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    The amount for the diced tomatoes in this recipe as originally posted was not transcribed correctly from the submitted recipe. The recipe has been updated to read 1 (29 ounce) can diced tomatoes instead of 1 (14.5 ounce) can.  -  14 Aug 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a great recipe, however it does need some minor tweaking. Next time, I will follow suggestions that make it a little saucier. Also, the ricotta mixture needs a little "oomph," like some garlic salt and red pepper flakes. BTW, DO drain the vegetables before putting them in the lasagna. This recipe is great for people who like their cheese baked and crusty, rather than ooey gooey, and are looking for a yummy, healthy lasagna. I will definitely make it again.  -  24 Aug 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was fantastic!! I replaced the Mozzarella and Parmesan with Gruyere, and decided to go with heavy cream instead of the ricotta. I left out all those vegetables - so much fuss! - but I did opt to throw in some bacon, which I love in anything. Also, the seasonings seemed a bit much, so I omitted those as well. Instead of the noodles I went with a pre-baked pie crust, which of course made more sense in a pie plate rather than the 9x13 baking pan that was called for. 45 minutes to 1 hour seems like too much baking time; mine looked perfect after only 35 minutes. My family raved about it! Although, for some reason they thought the garlic bread I made didn't go with it.  -  19 Mar 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)