Luscious Lasagna Vegetariana
I came across this delectable lasagna concoction whilst working as a masseuse at a health resort in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges many years ago. The chef kindly let me in on her secret – a layer of golden mashed pumpkin instead of béchamel sauce – and I’ve been making it like that ever since. I’ve adapted it considerably over the years and here’s my latest version:
Approximately 8 sheets of instant lasagna
500 grams pumpkin, peeled and roughly chopped
8 large tomatoes, chopped
2 cans brown lentils, drained
2 onions, chopped finely
4 cloves garlic, grated
3 carrots, grated
2 zucchini, grated
2 cups passata (you can buy this at the supermarket)
3 cups water
500 grams feta cheese, grated
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 small container of ready-made pesto (from deli or supermarket)
2 vegetarian stock cubes
salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 180 Celsius
- Place chopped pumpkin in a steamer and cook until tender. Then mash it with a few teaspoons of butter, a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside whilst you make the vegetable sauce.
- In a large saucepan, gently fry onion and garlic until soft.
- Add chopped tomatoes, lentils, grated carrot and zucchini, passata, water and stock cubes.
- Bring to the boil and simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Grab a large baking dish and place half the cooked vegetable sauce over the base
- Place a layer of instant lasagna sheets over the sauce and spread them with the pesto mix
- Spread the mashed pumpkin evenly over the pesto layer
- Sprinkle the grated feta cheese over the pumpkin layer
- Place another layer of lasagna sheets over the feta cheese
- Place the remaining vegetable sauce over the top and sprinkle it evenly with the grated parmesan.
- Cook on middle shelf of oven for 50 minutes to an hour.
Serve with a crisp salad and crusty bread.
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About the author
Claire Bell is the health and wellbeing editor of Midlifexpress. She is the author of Stone Age Secrets for Mind and Body and Comma Magic. Print and ebooks available on Amazon.