Mushroom and spinach lasagne

    1 hour 45 min

    This is a filling main dish that I created for my vegetarian sister-in-law but now cook regularly for the whole family.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 450g lasagne sheets
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 225g mushrooms, sliced
    • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 1 courgette, finely chopped
    • 900g passata or crushed tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • 1 pinch dark soft brown sugar
    • salt to taste
    • 280g frozen spinach, thawed
    • 450g cottage cheese
    • 2 eggs
    • 3 tablespoons dried basil, divided
    • 20g grated Parmesan cheese
    • 450g grated mozzarella cheese

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr25min  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. Cook lasagne sheets in a large pot of lightly salted, boiling water for 10 minutes, or until al dente. Rinse with cool water, drain and set aside.
    2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook the chopped onions, mushrooms, garlic and courgette in the oil until soft. Stir in passata, oregano, brown sugar and salt. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, microwave frozen spinach until cooked. Cool, and then squeeze out excess water. Drain cottage cheese. Using a mixer, blend spinach, cottage cheese, eggs and 2 tablespoons basil until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine shredded mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese.
    4. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Spread a third of sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Layer a third of the lasagne sheets, a third of the cottage cheese/spinach mixture, a third of tomato-vegetable sauce mixture and a third cheese mixture. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients. Sprinkle top with remaining 1 tablespoon of dried basil.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes. Let stand for 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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    Oh yes! This one tasted great and we just loved all the veggies! Do be aware, though, that it will take MUCH longer than 20 minutes for the prep time. I made the sauce one evening and then refrigerated it. The next evening, I assembled the lasagna and refrigerated that. The third day I finally baked the lasagna. I simply didn't have all of that time in one block to do the whole thing. The homemade sauce was great and fully worth that amount of chopping and cooking time. I made these changes: 1) just spray a little olive oil on the pan instead of using a whole 2 Tbsp. 2) used 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms instead of the canned. 3) omitted the brown sugar. 4) added about 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes to the sauce. 5) used 16 oz of ricotta instead of cottage cheese. 6) DIDN'T BOIL THE LASAGNA NOODLES! This was definitely a hit! By the way, if you've never made lasagna using the no-boil method, you really should give it a try. Such a time saver and then you don't end up with wiggly, slippery, tearing wet noodles to handle. Just make sure they are layered next to one of the wet ingredients (mine were right on top of the sauce layer) and they are perfect when the baking is done.  -  27 Feb 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I really found all the other reviews of this fantastic recipe really helpful in adapting it to the way we like to eat. Some advice ... 1) Triple the amount of garlic. Come on, let's live a little. My guests loved that this was so flavorful. 2) Use fresh spinach and fresh mushrooms. I steamed the spinach with a little salt and it worked out fabulous 3) I used a can and a half of crushed tomatoes. Several of the other reviews advised using only one which is up to you. 4) I used lowfat ricotta instead of cottage cheese - much better, Finally, I sprinkled a little olive oil on the top of the lasagne, and I got this wonderful crust. Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts.  -  06 Jul 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have been looking for a good vegetable lazagna recipe for a long time, and this one was great. The homemade red sauce is a little time consuming but definately worth it. I added an additional 2T of garlic, 2T of itilian seasoning, and 1T of onion powder to give it more flavor. I also used low fat cottage cheese and whole wheat noodles to make it even healthier. In order to prevent it from being runny I only partially cooked the noodles so they absorbed the additional fluid while cooking. My husband and his friends loved it, they didn't mind that it was meatless.  -  15 Apr 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)