Lasagne, one of the most comforting and warming dishes there is. With layers of creamy tomato sauce vegetables and pasta this dish is the absolute go-to for some nourishing indulgence. We have re-created this comforting classic but this time, minus the meat. We tested out this recipe and brought it to another level by adding a layer of our Cauliflower Hash Browns and OH-MY!
If you are a dedicated vegan or trying to reduce your meat in-take, this recipe is for you. It takes a little longer than our usual meal-creations, however, it is so worth it.
2 packs of Cauliflower Hash Browns
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 small aubergine, cut into small pieces
1 medium courgette, cut into small pieces
1 red pepper, seeds removed, diced
250g small chestnut mushrooms,
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 tsp Italian seasoning or dried oregano
1 vegetable stock cube
150g spinach leaves
8-10 dried egg-free lasagne sheets (depending on size of dish)
salt and ground black pepper
Vegan white sauce
3 tbsp sunflower oil
100g plain flour
800ml pint plant-based milk (we used Oatly which made it very creamy)
3 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1 bay leaf (optional)
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
salt and freshly ground black pepper
method (tick as you go)
Heat the olive oil in a large, non-stick saucepan and fry the onion for 3 minutes, or until softened and translucent, stirring constantly.
Add the aubergine, courgette, pepper and mushrooms and fry for 12-14 minutes, making sure to stir regularly.
Add the garlic and cook for a few seconds more, then stir in the red lentils, tomatoes, seasoning and crumbled stock cube.
Refill one of the tomato tins with water (400ml/14fl oz) and pour into the pan. Stir well, bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the spinach leaves, a handful at a time and cook for 1–2 minutes more.
At this point place both packs of Cauliflower Hash Browns on a baking tray and cook for 10-12 minutes.
While the hash browns are cooking and vegetables are simmering, make the white sauce. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. When it is hot add the flour and cook, stirring all the time, for 1 minute. Stir in the oat milk, nutritional yeast, bay leaf and nutmeg and season well with salt and pepper.
Bring to a simmer, whisking constantly with a metal whisk over a moderate heat for 4–5 minutes, or until smooth and thickened. (Use a silicone covered whisk if using a non-stick saucepan.) Adjust the seasoning to taste – we added lots of black pepper so you be generous here.
The number of layers in your lasagne will depend on the size of the dish. We recommend using a 2½ –3 litre/4½– 5 pints ovenproof lasagne dish.
Spread over a third of the mixture covering with a single layer of lasagne sheets. Top with another third of the vegetable mixture (don’t worry if it doesn’t cover evenly) and a second layer of lasagne.
Pour over just under half of the white sauce, after removing the bay leaf, and very gently top with the remaining vegetable mixture.
Bake at 200C for 35-40 minutes, or until the pasta has softened slightly. After 25 minutes top with the Cauliflower Hash Browns and melted vegan cheese and cook for remaining 10 minutes. Stand for 5 minutes before cutting to allow the filling to settle.