Easy pesto lasagne

Easy pesto lasagne

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4 - 6
This vegetarian bake from reader Lucy Nanor is packed with spinach and peas along with creamy pesto and mascarpone sauce

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal787
  • fat62g
  • saturates30g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein21g
  • salt1.5g
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  • 190g jar pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 500g tub mascarpone
  • 200g bag spinach, roughly chopped



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 250g frozen pea
  • small pack basil, leaves chopped, and a few leaves reserved to finish



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • small pack mint, leaves chopped



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 12 fresh lasagne sheets
  • splash of milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 85g Parmesan, grated (or vegetarian alternative)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 50g pine nuts
  • green salad, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Place the pesto, half the mascarpone and 250ml water (or vegetable stock if you have some) in a pan. Heat and mix until smooth and bubbling. Add the spinach and peas and cook for a few more mins until the spinach has wilted and the peas thawed. Add the herbs and season.

  2. Place a third of the pesto mixture into a baking dish roughly 18 x 25cm. Top with 4 lasagne sheets, then repeat with 2 more layers of sauce and lasagne sheets, finishing with a layer of pasta. Mix enough milk into the remaining mascarpone to make a white sauce consistency, season, then pour over the top. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and pine nuts. Bake for 35-40 mins until golden brown on top and bubbling around the edges. Scatter over the reserved basil leaves and serve with a green salad, if you like.

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Comments (14)

NotDanDan's picture

Amazing recipe but absolutely damaging in terms of fat content! Tried making it with Ricotta once instead of Macarpone but it wasn't the same.

rachel_r's picture

This sounds very nice, unfortunately I haven't yet found a jar of vegetarian pesto... Might have to try making my own!

deb1702's picture

Large Tescos store sell a vegetarian pesto. It's nice too!

atkinsd's picture

Lovely recipe. Made as individual portions - froze really well.

jenn-griff's picture

we found the spinach mixture too runny so we add 200g of sliced mushrooms (dry fry separately and then tip in. This addition solved the problem and means there's 2 portions of veg per serving.

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beardedwonder's picture

I found the spinach mixture too watery. Next time I will try slightly less water and 300g of spinach, I substituted sunflower seeds for the pine nuts.

I will also use 250g low fat soft cheese, half for the filling and half for the top. There are too many calories from the 500g of mascarpone especially if you're serving four.

princessjelly's picture

Really nice flavours, easy to make and went down well with veggies and non-veggies alike. I will be making it again soon.

stompingsun's picture

I was pleasantly surprised with how easy and how good this was !
Used have a tub of ricotta cheese as I bought a small tub of mascarpone by mistake.
Super recommend

Denise0086's picture

Superb! Tasty, easy, attractive and unusual.

I used dried lasagne and needed to add about 10 mins to the cooking time before it was soft.

The fresh herbs gave an Great unusual taste and the topping was excellent. Thanks for sharing.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

I've made this twice now. Really lovely recipe and found it tasted better if made the day before and reheated. The ingredients go really well together. Don't be shy with the mint. It adds a lovely fresh flavour.

jensven's picture

Really delicious veggie lasagne. Was a bit unsure about the peas and mint but it really worked. Quite a treat with all that cheese. Didn't stop us eating it all though!

datsie's picture

This is YUMMY! Even my carnivore husband thought it was delicious. I prefer it to normal lasagne.

juliakm15's picture

Such a delicious dinner! Will make again and again. Thank you for sharing :)

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