5.16.2012

Vegetable Lasagna

Vegetable lasagna

The cold and rainy weather, an intense craving for veggies, and Meghan's healthy lasagna inspired me to whip up a little vegetable lasagna of my own last week.

During a quick trip to the grocery store on the way home from work, I walked around the produce section collecting veggies I thought would work well and ended up with an onion, a couple of yellow squashes, a zucchini, and a package of baby spinach. Then I headed to the pasta aisle for some no-boil noodles and a box of Pomi diced tomatoes. (I wanted chunks of tomatoes rather than sauce.) Some mozzarella, Parmesan, and ricotta rounded out my purchases.

I got everything home and started by dicing and sautéing the onion. I cut the squashes and zucchini in half lengthwise and then sliced them and sautéed them, adding handfuls of baby spinach to wilt in the pan once the squash was almost done. I stirred half of the onion back in at the end.

While my veggies cooked, I stirred two eggs into the ricotta (15 ounces), added some generous handfuls of shredded mozzarella, and seasoned the mixture with salt and pepper. (I used half of this cheese mixture in my lasagna and used the rest to make a non-veggie lasagna for Jeff.)

Then I simply layered. I spread some diced tomatoes in the bottom of the pan and topped them with noodles. I spread some of the ricotta mixture on top of the noodles and spooned half of the vegetable mixture on top.

Vegetable lasagna

I spread more diced tomatoes over the veggies, sprinkled the parmesan on top and repeated with the next layer.

Vegetable lasagna

For the top layer, I covered the veggies with noodles, poured the rest of the diced tomatoes on top, and covered the tomatoes with mozzarella.

Vegetable lasagna

I baked the lasagna, covered with foil, at 350 for 50 minutes. Then I uncovered it and baked it for another 10 minutes, until the mozzarella was nice and melty. After letting it sit for 10 minutes, I dug in.

Vegetable lasagna

All my veggie cravings plus some comfort food cravings were instantly satisfied. And I had plenty of leftovers to get me through the rest of the week.

What veggies would be in your ideal vegetable lasagna?

21 comments:

  1. YUM! I love lasagna but very rarely make it. Yours looks so good! I would probably choose similar veggies to the ones you chose!

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  2. This looks like a perfect dinner for tonight. It's been so hard to find just the right food (and outfits!) for this crazy weather.

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  3. I LOVE veggie lasagna! Looks great.

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  4. I love veggie-full lasagnas because it's like I get comfort food and a huge dose of nutrition in every bite! This looks delicious!

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  5. FunandFearlessinBeantownMay 16, 2012 8:40 AM

    Yum, this looks great! We've got some beautiful heirloom tomatoes that are slowly wrinkling up so we're planning on making a roasted tomato and roasted pepper tomato sauce tonight with turkey meatballs!

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  6. I love a lighter lasagna, perfect for the season - the veggies you put in were perfect!

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  7. What a lovely, colorful lasagna and I love that it's meat free! Great recipe!

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  8. this is such a great lasagne recipe! looks wonderful

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  9. I love adding zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms and/or roasted red peppers to my lasagna. Your's looks delicious!

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  10. I love lasagnas that are loaded with veggies. It makes me feel a little better about eating it :). I made a lasagna once with pureed butternut squash that was absolutely delicious, but my go to lasagna veggie is spinach.

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  11. Yum. I wish I had a pan of this tonight. Perfect for a rainy day!

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  12. My veggie cravings are up too. Love the combination of your veggies in this =) Delicious! =)

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  13. This is definitely my kind of lasagna. I love almost any veggie in a lasagna.

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  14. Yum. I love it when they're stuffed with veggies :) spinach, mushrooms and squash with a goat cheese sauce... maybe i'll have to make one soon!

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  15. I love veggie lasagna!! You really don't miss the meat with so much great flavor from all those beautiful and colorful veggies in there :) Looks great! When I have the time, I find it fun to roll out my own homemade lasagna noodles. It's a bit drastic, but it can be fun too, haha!

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  16. Veggie lasagna is one of my favorites especially during the summer! I usually use zucchini as the noodles and leave off the pasta entirely. But I think I'll try it your way next time! It looks amazing!

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  17. This reminds me that it has been way to long since I've eaten veggie or meat lasagna! I love summer squash in lasagna and am a big fan of mushroom lasagna, too.

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  18. This looks just awesome! Especially in the fact that it yields lots of leftovers :) For some reason, I've never made my own lasagna and I think that needs to change!

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  19. I always chuckle a bit when I see or hear 'vegetable lasagna' because my father hates it and it's become a family joke. However, the rest of us love it, and yours is not only beautiful, but absolutely delicious! I'll make this for everyone BUT him, but who knows, yours may change his stance on it ;)

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  20. christinefreshlocalandbestMay 19, 2012 12:42 PM

    It has been a million years since I made vegetable lasagna, and now with summer squash popping up everywhere at the markets, I have no excuse. This plate looks fab!

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  21. Emily @ A Cambridge StoryMay 20, 2012 8:24 PM

    This looks incredibly comforting - yet full of veggies! Meals like this make me feel like I've cheated the system!

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