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Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe

Updated on October 1, 2014
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Cheryl Paton has transitioned into being a vegetarian, and sometimes more vegan. She appreciates vegetarian recipes and her garden.

Vegetarian Lasagna

Basked vegetarian lasagna.
Basked vegetarian lasagna. | Source

Vegetables and Sauce make this a filling and nutritious choice.

One evening I was making vegetarian lasagna and wanted something more than some onions to mix in with the sauce. I know there are a lot of options available, but I hadn't thought about it ahead of time. So I opened up my refrigerator door to see what my immediate options were. Carrots. That's what was there and so they won.

I sliced and diced them, and sauteed them with the onions and garlic powder, before mixing them in the sauce.

I layered to ingredients in the traditional way and baked it in the oven.

The finished dish was great. The carrots had just a bit of sweetness that went great with the tomato (spaghetti) sauce. It was a winner; two thumbs up all the way around. More details and the recipe are below.

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Baked Vegetarian Lasagna

Vegetarian Lasagna
Vegetarian Lasagna | Source

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  • Prep time: 35 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
  • Yields: 9-12

Ingredients

  • 2 Tblsp olive or vegetable cooking oil
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 -3 full sized carrots
  • diced
  • 32 oz of your favorite vegetarian spaghetti sauce
  • 1 package lasagna noodles (use 9 - 12 noodles)
  • 4 cups (2 lb) ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Start heating the water for the lasagna noodles over medium high heat.
  2. Prepare and dice the vegetables.
  3. Once the water has come to a full boil, add the lasagna noodles and cook according to package directions, and stir occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, while the noodles are cooking, saute the onion, carrot, and garlic powder in the olive oil, over medium high heat in a large saucepan. Once the onion has become translucent and carrots start to become tender, reduce heat to medium and add the spaghetti sauce. Heat through.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the cheeses, eggs, parsley, salt, and pepper together.
  6. When the pasta is done cooking, remove from heat. You can drain it if you like. I normally just remove the pot from the heat and get each noodle out as needed with cooking grippers.
  7. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  8. In a 13 x 9 x 2 inch glass baking dish, spread about 1/2 cup of the sauce mixture. Arrange 3 - 4 pasta noodles (depending on how they fit) lengthwise over the sauce, edges touching or overlapping a bit. Spread 1/3 of cheese mixture over the pasta, and then 1/3 of remaining sauce over the cheese. Repeat the layers of pasta, cheese, and sauce mixture two more times, ending with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle additional Parmesan cheese over this if desired. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes until hot and bubbling. Remove foil and bake for about 10 minutes longer. Serves best if you let it stand for about 10 minutes before cutting.
  9. Enjoy. We find that the carrots go quite well with the tomato based sauce; they have a sweetness of their own.
  10. Leftover vegetarian lasagna is great too, as the flavors have more of a chance to blend together.
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Ragu Spaghetti Sauce is my favorite sauce to use when making lasagna.

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Ragu Chunky Pasta Sauce, Tomato Garlic & Onion, 45 Ounce Bottles (Pack of 4)

I usually use the tomato, garlic, and onion; basil, or traditional.

 

Baking dish for lasagna - A non stick dish sounds great to me.

I love easy clean up.

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Green Apple Cooking Rectangular Baking Dish, Large

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Pasta sauce is one of those ingredients that sometimes splatter.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      @goldenrulecomics: They are quite tasty in lasagna and spaghetti too. : )

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      Never thought of carrots in lasagna. Sounds good.

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      @othellos: Thank you othellos. You're very welcome.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Your vegetarian lasagna recipe sounds very delightful. Thank you for publishing it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens! Delicious recipe. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 2/23/2011. have a great day!

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      @poutine: Yumm, zucchinis in place of the noodles sounds good.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I once had a recipe for a lasagna that used zucchinis instead of the noodles and it was very tasty.

      Unfortunately, I can't find it.

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      ToTheBrimm LM 7 years ago

      Sounds delicious.

      I'm gonna have to tell Kipsey about this one.

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      @jptanabe: Funny that I haven't added them to spaghetti sauce yet. That'll be something I try.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Looks delicious! I put carrots in spaghetti sauce - they do taste good! So I guess I should try them in lasagna too.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      mmmm, looks like a great recipe we have to try

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Another recipe to try. Thanks for adding this to http://www.squidoo.com/rocketmoms-healthy-living-g...

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Will try this recipe.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. Don’t forget to come back and add your lens to the link list so that it will appear on the group page!

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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago

      Welcome to theVegetarian Recipes Headquarters!