Earthy, Full of Flavor, and filling. This vegetarian dinner is packed with flavor and loaded with nutrients, and the best part is it’s delicious.
I love lasagna. I always have and I always will. However, that lasagna I typically love is loaded with meat. Today I decided to a try a vegetarian version. Don’t worry though; there is still a ton of cheese and loads of flavor in this dish.
Give it a try. I bet you’ll love it.
Or try other vegetarian lasagnas like Mushroom Lasagna or Artichoke Lasagna.
For the sauce:
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- ½ yellow onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp. rosemary finely chopped
- 1 tsp. oregano finely chopped
- 30 oz. tomato sauce
- Salt & pepper to taste
For the ricotta mixture:
- 15 oz. ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper freshly ground
- 1 tbsp. rosemary
For the lasagna:
- 16 sheets fresh lasagna very thin (recipe here)
- 2 large eggplants sliced thinly
- 8 oz. Mozzarella cheese sliced thinly
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper to taste
Prepare the sauce:
Heat a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil to heat.
Once the oil is hot, add the onions. Cook until translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes.
Add the garlic and herbs and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the tomato sauce and salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low to maintain a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes while you prepare the rest of the lasagna. Note: The longer you let the sauce cook, the heavier and richer the flavor will be. A shorter cooking time will give a sweeter, fresher flavor.
Prepare the ricotta filling:
While the sauce is cooking, prepare the ricotta filling by placing the ricotta cheese, egg, salt, black pepper, and rosemary in a bowl. Mix all of the ingredients together until evenly blended. Set aside in the refrigerator.
Assemble the lasagna:
Preheat an oven to 375°F.
Spread a small layer of the sauce on the bottom of pan. Add 1 layer of fresh*, uncooked lasagna. Spread a thin layer of ricotta cheese on the pasta, topped with the eggplant slices, and mozzarella slices. Repeat this step 8 times until all of your ingredients have been used.*If you are using dried lasagna, you need to cook the lasagna first in boiling water according to the instructions.
Top the lasagna with a liberal drizzle of olive oil and a liberal sprinkling of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Reduce the heat to 350°F, and bake the lasagna for 1 hour, or until it is bubbly.
Serving: 200g | Calories: 1007kcal | Carbohydrates: 130g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 263mg | Sodium: 2163mg | Potassium: 1821mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 2235IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 712mg | Iron: 12mg