Soft Pasta sheets in-between creamy, warm tomato sauce, tossed with a vegan, veggies-sneaked, creamy and tangy “bechamel”-style sauce. Topped with some vegan cheese and baked till molten and crispy. Not kidding, this stuff is seriously addicting. And no, you won’t miss the meat – this easier, healthier and messier version of the classic lasagna is a comfort dream. You`ll want to have this for dinner every night!
What’s special about this dish?
A lot. A whole lot actually. To be honest, we need to say a classic lasagna is pretty much untoppable, but we also need to say that it is not very nutritious, as delicious as it may be. So in this recipe we are making a few (rather a bunch) changes and swaps to make it more nutritious, plant based, easier but also at least as delicious!
For example, instead of the regular béchamel sauce we are using a lighter, veggie packed & vegan version of it, which is ready in a few minutes. Also instead of layering everything neatly, as it is common, we are making a messier version of it. I don’t know what it is but I really feel like messy dishes having this passionate and loving touch to it.
I am using the one from Pastafani and omg, it is so good. To be honest, I was very sceptical regarding vegan bolognese and thought this could not be good … BUT I was proven wrong. Terribly wrong. To make this clear, it does not taste like bolognese but rather like tomato sauce with Tofu chunks in it. But in a good way. I really love cooking with it, I also have another recipe on the blog with this – the Baked Bolognese Spaghetti Squash – and this recipe is at least as good. It is vegan, organic and delivers suuuuupeer quickly!! You can head to their online shop and check it out – which you really should. PLUS, if you want to same some money you can use UNEPETITE10 for 10% off your order. Really, really worth getting it.
Otherwise you could also use a homemade vegan bolognese or a lentil Bolognese or just a regular tomato sauce. Or, what would also work great is if you fried some vegan ground meat in some oil for about 4-5 minutes, then add some tomato sauce and use this. A really quick version of a vegan Bolognese.
Is this dish healthy?
Yesso. Contrary to regular lasagna, this one actually is very nutritious. Why? Instead of regular lasagna sheets, we are using whole-grain ones. These contain a bunch of fibre and protein and also some good carbs. Next up we have some tomato sauce or vegan bolognese. Either one has a bunch of vitamins and fibre. Just make sure you check the ingredients when buying the sauce because a lot have a bunch of added sugar.
Then we have the „béchamel“ sauce. This is pretty nutritious. How? So, instead of milk, butter and flour or cream we are using completely different ingredients. We have cauliflower, which has been steamed before, some soaked cashews, plant based milk and nutritional yeast. This way it gets the whole color, the creamy texture, and the cheesy taste and it is really healthy!
How to make this dish?
What you really need to do, is to prepare the béchamel sauce. Which means steaming some cauliflower and blending it with the milk, cashews, nutritional yeast, dijon, salt, garlic and pepper. Next we just have to add everything to a pan. It would be best if you started by adding the tomato sauce to the pan, then adding the lasagna sheets into it. Now we are just adding some dollops of the béchamel sauce. Now, we try to mix it a mix, as good as possible. What’s left to do now is to add some vegan cheese on top and bake it in the oven.
When you take it out, you can either eat it straight from the pan, which I need to say is pretty legit or you divide it onto plates/ bowls. But what you should do, is add some (vegan) pesto, because this really makes everything better. Anyway, it is super tasty, saucy, comforting and healthy!
I hope you’ll like this dish at least as much as we do and that you’ll make it on repeat!! Have a great time cooking & enjoy!
Super Tasty, Healthy & Messy Vegan Stove Lasagna
Healthy, Easy, Delicious. Soft Lasagna sheets inbetween a creamy tomato sauce, rich and veggie-packed "béchamel" sauce and toppped off with some good vegan cheese. Baked in the oven till perfection and served with lots of love. The perfect, healthy comfort food.
What you will need
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 jar vegan bolognese * see blog post – paragraph "Vegan Bolognese"
- 1 can tomatoes
- 160 g lasagna sheets
- 100 g vegan cheese
For the béchamel sauce:
- 1/4 head cauliflower
- 25 g cashews
- 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
- 50 ml plant based milk (you may need more depending on how big your cauliflower and how strong your blender is)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
bring a pot with water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and steam for about 5-7 minutes. You should easily be able to pierce through with a fork. Drain it
In the meantime finel dice the onion and garlic and fry them in the hot oil for about 2 minutes.
Option 1: now add some frozen ground (vegan) "meat" and fry it for 4-5 minutes. Add 1 jar of tomato sauce and 1 can of canned tomatoes. Generously salt and pepper.
Option 2: just pour in the vegan bolognese and canned tomatoes and generously add salt and pepper.
Add the cauliflower along with all the other ingredients for the béchamel sauce to a blender and blend until having reached a creamy texture. You may need some more plant based milk.
Break apart the lasagna sheets and add them into the tomato sauce so they are equally distruibuted. Add the béchamel sauce, a dollop at a time and the swirl it in. Top with the vegan cheese and bake for 40-45 minutes at 180°C.
Serve with lots of love and enjoy!