Lasagne on plate with salad

Vegan lasagne

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 2 hrs

Easy

Serves 6

Feed the family a plant-based lasagne with an easy ragu base that can also be used for our vegan spaghetti Bolognese and vegan moussaka

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal530
  • fat16g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre13g
  • protein26g
  • salt0.5g
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Ingredients

  • 30g bag dried porcini mushrooms
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • few sprigs of thyme

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 tsp tomato purée
  • 100ml vegan red wine (optional)
  • 250g dried green lentils
  • 2 x 400g cans whole plum tomatoes
  • 250g pack chestnut mushrooms, chopped
  • 250g pack portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 tsp Marmite
  • 6 tbsp plain flour
  • 900ml soya milk
  • 1 whole nutmeg, for grating
    Nutmeg

    Nutmeg

    nut-meg

    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 12 lasagne sheets
  • 2-3 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional, adds cheesy flavour)
    Nutritional yeast

    Nutritional yeast

    new-trish-in-al yeest

    Dried nutritional-yeast flakes differ from active and beer yeasts

  • green salad, to serve

Method

  1. Pour 800ml boiling water over the dried porcini and leave for 10 mins until hydrated. Meanwhile pour 1½ tbsp oil into a large saucepan. Add the onion, carrot, celery and a pinch of salt. Cook gently, stirring for 10 mins until soft. Remove the porcini from the liquid, keeping the mushroomy stock and roughly chop. Set both aside. 

  2. Add the garlic and thyme to the pan. Cook for 1 min, then stir in the tomato purée and cook for a minute more. Pour in the red wine, if using, cook until nearly reduced, then add the lentils, reserved mushroom stock and cans of tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and leave to simmer with the lid on. 

  3. Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan. Add 1½ tbsp oil, then tip all of the mushrooms into the pan, including the rehydrated ones. Fry until all the water has evaporated and the mushrooms are deep golden brown. Pour in the soy sauce. Give everything a good mix, then scrape the mushrooms into the lentil saucepan.

  4. Stir in the Marmite, then continue to cook the ragu, stirring occasionally, over a lo -medium heat for 30-45 mins until the lentils are cooked and the sauce is thick and reduced, adding extra water if necessary. Remove the thyme sprigs and season to taste.

  5. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. To make the white sauce, heat 3 tbsp olive oil in a pan, whisk in the flour and cook for a couple of minutes to get rid of the raw flour taste, then slowly whisk in the soya milk. Cook out until you have a creamy sauce, about 10 mins. Season to taste, adding a good grating of nutmeg.

  6. Spread a third of the ragu on the bottom of your ovenproof dish, then top with 6 lasagne sheets, followed by another third of the vegan white sauce, then another third of the ragu. Top with the remaining lasagne sheets, then the remaining ragu and finally, spread over the rest of the white sauce. Sprinkle over the nutritional yeast, if using, and bake for 45 mins-1 hr until the pasta is cooked.

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Ruth J
4th Aug, 2019
Can this vegan lasagne be prepared and then frozen before baking?
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goodfoodteam
8th Aug, 2019
Thanks for your question. We haven't tested this but it should be possible to freeze the lasagne and then cook from frozen. We'd suggest covering with foil and then cooking at 160C/ 140 fan/ gas 3 for around 40 mins, uncovering, then turning the heat up and cooking as above or until cooked all the way through.
Ruth J
4th Aug, 2019
Can you freeze this dish after prep and assembly?
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