Lazy LasagnePosted: March 13, 2010
One of the things I enjoy about being vegetarian is the chance to explore really delicious and healthy recipes. I found this recipe for a vegetarian lasagne in a Real Living magazine pullout from 2008. It’s called the Summer Cookbook. I’ve been cooking from it A LOT because the recipes are really quick and easy (helps when I only trudge home at 6 p.m.) and I like using seasonal ingredients.
Easy Spring Vegetable Lasagne
adapted from Real Living Food Summer Cookbook
2 zucchini, sliced lengthways
2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 cup tomato passata
1 packet instant lasagne sheets
75 g baby spinach, steamed for 2 minutes
1 bunch asparagus, woody bases trimed, spears steamed for 3 minutes
100 g fetta cheese, crumbled
2 tomatoes, sliced thinly
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 200˚C (180˚C fan-forced). Place zucchini in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and scatter with garlic and a little salt and pepper. Cook zucchini slices in frying pan over a high heat for 2 minutes each side until golden.
2. Pour half the passata into baking dish and spread evenly over base. Place a single layer of lasagne sheets on top of passata, then top with zucchini, spinach, asparagus, and fetta. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Cover with another layer of lasagne sheets. Cover with the rest of passata plus sliced tomato and oregano. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and drizzle with the olive oil from the zucchini tray.
4. Bake for 30 minutes. Slice and serve.
This isn’t like your average lasagne without the bechamel sauce, mozzarella and obviously, meat. But I liked it. It’s quite crunchy with the oregano and breadcrumbs on top (although I may have overdone it). In the photo in the magazine, they appear to have topped the lasagne with more fetta as well, but I didn’t do that. It is a little messy to cut into because the layers don’t glue together like with a meat lasagne and the asparagus kept falling out but apart from all that, it’s seriously delicious.La