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My Kids' Favorite Vegetarian Meat Lasagna

I'm a writer for my local newspaper. I'm married with three daughters, and cooking is one of my passions.

Vegetarian lasagna for dinner!

Vegetarian lasagna for dinner!

I've made this dish for friends and family who are Italian food fanatics—and I've also made this dish for folks who don't necessarily care for Italian food. Regardless of their usual preferences, everyone seems to love this dish!

It's one of my children's favorite dishes, too. They ask me a lot when we can have it again, and when I tell them I'm planning to make it, they yell so excitedly that I become momentarily deaf. After they finish eating they always say, "Mama, you did a great job."

My kids also love to help me make the lasagna. They help by washing and cutting the vegetables, and mixing the ingredients together in the pan.

I use vegetarian meat in this recipe because I have family members who prefer to eat vegetarian.

Cooking Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

40 min

1 hour

About 6 people

Tools and Equipment

  • 1 deep pan
  • baking brush
  • peeler
  • beechwood spatulas
  • baking dish

Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • 1 (300-gram) can maize (corn)
  • 1 courgette (eggplant), chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped small
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 300 milliliters water
  • 400 milliliters milk
  • 300 grams vegetarian meat
  • 1 pack lasagna sauce powder (from the package of lasagna noodles)
  • 2 (140-gram) cans tomato paste
  • 173 grams passata di pomodoro

Other:

  • 1 package lasagna sheets (noodles)
  • 300 grams aged cheese, grated
  • olive oil

Note About Lasagna Powder

In the Netherlands, the lasagna noodles come with a lasagna powder that helps with the structure of the finished dish. If you don't have lasagna powder, you could substitute 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in the sauce.

Instructions

  1. In a deep pan, add the onion and garlic. Mix with a spatula.
  2. Add the carrots to the pan and mix.
  3. Add the red pepper and courgette to the pan. Mix and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, maize, and vegetarian meat. Mix everything together and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato paste, half of the passata di pomodoro, milk, water, and the lasagna powder. Mix everything well until the powder has dissolved completely. Turn off heat.
  6. With a baking brush, grease a baking dish with olive oil.
  7. Start building your lasagna: The first layer is the sauce (from the pan). Then add lasagna sheets over the sauce. Then add another sauce layer above the lasagna sheets. Repeat until you reach the top of the dish. Make sure your final layer is sauce.
  8. Add the grated cheese on top of the final layer of sauce. Then add the other half of the passata di pomodoro on top of the cheese (this will prevent the cheese from burning).
  9. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.

Variations

  • If you're not vegetarian and you'd like to incorporate real meat, you may do so.
  • Try adding different kinds of vegetables if you'd like.
Bon Apetit!!

Bon Apetit!!

© 2020 Agnes Laurens

Comments

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 17, 2020:

I’m interested in trying a vegetarian recipe that kids like!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 15, 2020:

It's great to get your kids involved.

Always good to teach them to cook.

I'm not a vegetarian, but I love fresh veggies. Guess I can add a bit of meat.

Nice recipe. Thanks for the share.

Ivana Divac from Serbia on June 15, 2020:

Great recipe. Thank you for sharing!

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 14, 2020:

I like vegetarian dishes so thank you!

Lora Hollings on June 13, 2020:

Sounds like a great recipe! I'm a vegetarian but only drink almond and soy milk and I've really reduced my dairy products so that I'm almost a vegan now. But occasionally, I do eat cheese and use it in my recipes. I don't use vegetarian meat. I just like the taste of the veggies. I will try this recipe soon and share it with my daughter as well. I know that she'll really appreciate it. Thanks for sharing!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 13, 2020:

This is a great recipe for any vegetarian. I am not a vegetarian and I still think I would love this dish. Thank you for the recipe.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 13, 2020:

I have a niece who is now a vegetarian. I'll pin this and make it for her the next time she visits. It sounds tasty!