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April 18, 2013

Tasty Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe

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When it comes to lasagna, most everyone expects meat to be included in the meal; luckily, as is the case with most other foods, experimenting with no meat at all can reveal fantastic new veggie-based dishes in an instant! If you’ve got Italian on the brain, here is one of the most tasty vegetarian lasagna recipes:

Vegetarian Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna Recipe

Easily one of the most raved about varieties of vegetarian lasagna, this recipe is full of the spinach, mushrooms, and cheese that are needed to create a thick, heavy, and always-hearty texture that disguises the missing meat for those who may expect it.

First of all, this is a complicated dish that produces a deep, complicated taste, so we’re going to need more than a few ingredients to get the job done:

  1. 1 cup chopped onions
  2. 1 ½ lbs chopped cremini mushrooms
  3. 1 cup chopped onions
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 cup water
  6. 4 cloves chopped garlic
  7. 6 ounces tomato paste
  8. ¼ cup olive oil
  9. 28 ounce crushed tomatoes
  10. 2 cups tomato sauce
  11. 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  12. ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  13. 1 tablespoon sugar
  14. 20 ounces fresh chopped spinach
  15. ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  16. ¼ pound grated parmesan cheese
  17. 1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese
  18. 1 lb lasagna noodles

Instructions

1. First things first! Set a large pot of salted water to boil; this will handle the pasta. As you wait for the water to boil, you can get to work on getting everything else prepped and ready to go.

2. Set a large saute pan on high or medium high heat, and then add the mushrooms, spreading them evenly and then using a wooden spoon to move them about regularly as they fry. No frying liquid is necessary, as the mushrooms will release their own water into the pan. Once you see this water released, throw in your chopped onions and stir them in evenly. Cook until the mushroom water has boiled away.

3. Now, throw your olive oil over the mushrooms and onions and saute them for about a minute. That done, add in your chopped garlic and allow things to sizzle for another minute or so. Set aside a single cup of your tomato sauce for later use, then pour the remainder into the pan. Finally, stir in your tomato paste and allow the pan to cook for another minute.

4. With your sauteing done, you’ll now add your crushed tomatoes, a cup of water, thyme, basil, and red pepper flakes. Bring the entire mixture to a high simmer, then switch to low simmer for about 20 minutes.

5. With your sauce simmering and your pasta water boiling, add salt to the water and add your lasagna noodles, stirring gently in order to separate them without damage, and following the instructions provided on their packaging in determining cook time. Once done, remove and carefully rinse the noodles, laying them evenly on a pair of baking sheets that have been coated with a minimum amount of olive oil.

6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While waiting, spread that remaining cup of tomato sauce into the bottom of a large casserole dish. Once done, layer the lasagna noodles in the dish, then sprinkle half of your parmesan cheese atop them. Now, add a thin layer of freshly chopped spinach, followed by half of the mozzarella cheese. Finally, add about a third of your mushroom sauce on top of the cheese, with half of your fresh basil following that.

7. Repeat the entire layering process, using all remaining ingredients in the same way as the original layer, finalizing the dish and leaving it ready for baking.

8. Cover your casserole dish with a large sheet of aluminum foil, with just a touch of olive oil coating the inside in able to protect against sticking. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, then remove the foil, and continue to bake for an additional 25 minutes.

With all of that behind you, you’re free to enjoy your tasty vegetarian lasagna!

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