Healthy Vegetarian Lasagne

This dish is a huge hit with my toddlers and myself too. If you’re wondering what makes it healthy, you swap courgette ribbons for lasagne and being a vegetarian dish it’s filled with vegetables. This makes the meal low in fat, fibrous and also counts as a few of your five a day, bonus. So, a healthy vegetarian lasagne it is.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3 diced carrots
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 200g Quorn Mince (or a meat-free mince equivalent)
  • 1 chopped small butternut squash
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • 1 courgette sliced thinly into ribbons
  • 25g butter
  • 150ml milk
  • 2-3 heaped tablespoons of plain flour (gradually add more if needed)
  • 50g grated cheese

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Method

Preheat oven to 200°c

Dry fry the carrots in a large pan for 10 minutes to soften. Then add 1 tbsp of oil (preferably olive oil), after 1 minute add the chopped onion and mince and fry until they start to brown, around 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and fry for a further minute before adding the butternut squash, oregano, basil and tomato puree. Stir the mixture for a minute or two until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

Add the chopped tomatoes and gradually add the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

To make the cheese topping, melt the butter in a saucepan and add the 2 tbsp of plain flour. Gradually add the milk, whisking continuously until the consistency is of a thick sauce. Add more flour if necessary.

Once both mixture are made, inside an ovenproof dish start layering the mince and courgette, alternating between the two. Once you have two layers of mince and two layers of courgette (more if you have leftovers of each, making sure your final layer is courgette) you can layer your white sauce, then sprinkle the grated cheese over the top.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is crisp and golden.

Enjoy your vegetarian lasagne, guilt free!


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15 Comments

  1. April 25, 2016 / 9:00 am

    Oh I just love lasagne. Will have to try this next time my veggie family comes x

  2. April 25, 2016 / 10:01 am

    This looks delicious. I need some meat free recipes so pinned to my meal planning board

    • firstooth
      April 25, 2016 / 10:05 am

      Thank you! It really is tasty so I hope you enjoy x

  3. April 25, 2016 / 11:12 am

    Since going veggie last year one of my favourite meals to make is a lasagne! Thanks for sharing this recipe, i like to try different versions 🙂

    Cydney x

  4. April 25, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    Oh YUM! I love veggie lasagne and this looks delicious. It is great that it is so healthy too. I have pinned this, thank you! Kaz x

  5. April 25, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    This vegetable lasagna look really delicious. I’ve always used pasta in my veggie lasagna

  6. April 25, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    Ooh this looks good, Hubby and I are on a healthy eating kick, I shall add this to our folder.

  7. April 26, 2016 / 9:22 am

    This looks so amazing. I do love vegetarian dishes as they’re great for kids x

  8. April 26, 2016 / 11:58 am

    I love a vegetarian lasagne! Anything italian tasting can easily be made veggie as the flavours carry so well. Brilliant recipe!

  9. Kerry Norris
    April 27, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    I love veggie lasagne. Unfortunately my daughter doesn’t share my enthusiasm. I’ll give your recipe a go x

  10. April 28, 2016 / 12:29 am

    This looks amazing, definitely going to be trying this x

  11. May 1, 2016 / 6:22 am

    I love a home made lasagne, and this sounds a wonderful alternative to my usual meat and pasta dish. I am not a lover of quorn mince having tried it in various guises but for us meat eaters I think a nice turkey mince would be a good alternative. All the flavours and textures going on makes this a definite must try. I see you have not peeled your courgette, I usually peel mine.

    • firstooth
      May 3, 2016 / 8:36 am

      Yes, or even the usual beef mince would be tasty. I’d never even thought about peeling it!

  12. May 2, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Looks delicious. I’m not a vegetarian but I always use Quorn especially in my home made lasagne

  13. May 15, 2016 / 8:46 am

    This looks really yummy xxx Love Italian food

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