How to Make Vegetarian Lasagna
Vegetarian lasagna is an alternative to the traditional meat filled version and it’s still jam-packed with flavour! My vegetarian lasagna is an alternative to the traditional meat filled version combining vegetables such as mushrooms and zucchini along with a secret ingredient in the sauce! Heighten the excitement of a classic, by adding creamy ricotta to beautiful Italian passata and you’ll dive in for more than just one piece.
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VEGETARIAN LASAGNA | How to make an Easy Vegetable Lasagna
Vincenzo’s Top Tips To Make Vegetarian Lasagna
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If it starts to dry out and crisp, add some more EVOO.
Keep a little extra
Keep some extra flour close by and sprinkle it over your hands as you knead the dough to get rid of the excess sticky bits that are likely to be all over them!
STOP it from drying out
Make sure you cover the remaining dough each time you finish using it to stop it from drying out.
If in case you you use this…
If you are using store bought lasagna pasta sheets, your cooking time may be a little bit longer, approx. 30 minutes in total.
- Large pot for the sauce
- Rectangular non-stick baking tray
- wooden spoon
- Small bowl
- Aluminium Foil
- MAKE FRESH LASAGNA SHEETS
- Kitchen bench for kneading the pasta dough
- Small plate/bowl
- Fresh Pasta making machine
- 1 Celery branch chopped into cubes
- 2 Oyster mushrooms
- 1 Zucchini choppend into cubes
- 2 Capsicum chopped into cubes
- 1/2 Eggplant chopped into cubes
- 1/2 Carrot chopped into cubes
- 1/2 Onion finely chopped
- 1.4 L Tomato Passata 47oz. Italian tomato Puree
- 300 grams Ricotta cheese 1.2cups
- Fresh Lasagna sheets pre-made if you are not making your own
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 diced Fresh Fior di latte mozzarella if you can’t find it use dry mozzarella or provolone
- 2 pinches Mixed Italian dried herbs
- Half glass of water
- Salt & Pepper
- Fresh Basil
- Extra virgin olive oil EVOO
- FRESH LASAGNA SHEETS
- 2 Eggs
- 200 grams Plain Flour 1.6cups
- Place the pot on the stove at a medium heat and add 4-5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- When the oil is warm add the onion, carrot, celery, zucchini, eggplant and capsicum and stir with a wooden spoon. Cover with the lid and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes but keep stirring every 5 minutes.
- After 15 minutes add the oyster mushrooms (feel free to use any other mushrooms) and half glass of water.
- Add 2 pinches of Italian herbs and cook for 15 more minutes. We usually use Marjoram, Thyme and Oregano.
- Now it’s time to add the passata/fresh tomato puree, ricotta, salt & pepper.
- Let this simmer, and add some fresh basil leaves, breaking them into smaller pieces using your hands.
- Leave this on the stove for at least 30 minutes.
- MAKE FRESH LASAGNA SHEETS
- To make the fresh lasagna noodles for your vegetarian lasagna, pour the flour on to your board/table or kitchen bench.
- Make a small-medium size mound using the flour and create a well in the centre.
- Crack each egg onto the plate, then drop it into the well. This will prevent any unwanted egg shell remnants from getting inside the flour.
- Whisk the eggs carefully using a fork.
- Bring the edges of the flour into the centre with the fork, and quickly continue to cover them all the way around. Keep doing this (making sure the egg doesn’t run away!) until all of the eggs have folded into the flour. You will need to use your hands at this point.
- Begin to mix it together using both hands until the dough for the fresh pasta begins to form.
- Keep kneading the dough so that it begins to firm up and also smooth out.
- Cover the fresh pasta dough and let it rest for 10 - 15 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, check that you are happy with the texture of the dough by pressing down softly on it using both palms.
- Cut a couple of slices from the main piece – approx. 2-2.5cm thick, and feed them through the largest slot in your fresh pasta making machine. Fold it together each time it passes through the widest setting, repeating this step 3 times.
- Work your way down to the thinner options until you get the smooth consistency required. It’s ready when you can see your fingers through the lasagna noodles. You might need to sprinkle some added flour on top of the sheet, to prevent it from sticking
- ASSEMBLE THE VEGETARIAN LASAGNA
- Now cut the fresh Mozzarella (Fior di latte) into slices, and then into small cubes
- Using a non stick baking tray, line the base with a touch of sauce.
- Add layers of lasagna sheets, completely covering the base and not leaving any gaps.
- Line the top of the lasagna pasta sheets with sauce and vegetables, this time using a generous amount and covering each one.
- Add lots of cubes of fresh mozzarella, covering the sauce and getting into each corner.
- Grate a generous amount of Parmigiano Reggiano over the top and then begin a new layer.
- Start by lining up another set of lasagna sheets and repeat each step as above.
- Finish it off with a set of lasagne sheets then smother it with the left over sauce the fresh mozzarella and grated Parmigiano
- Cover the vegetarian lasagne tray with alfoil and place it in the oven at 180C – 356F for 15-20 minutes
- After it has been in the oven for 10 minutes, remove the foil carefully and let it cook for another 5-10 minutes uncovered so it becomes deliciously crispy on top.
- E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!
How to serve Vegetarian Lasagna
- Get a flat white plate and carefully slice the vegetarian lasagna down the middle and divide it into squares. Lift each piece out of the tray using something like a spade and help it slide off with a long knife.
- Of course if you are crazy about parmesan cheese, you can grate even more on top of your vegetarian lasagna!
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