Roasted Vegetable Lasagna Recipe

Updated on June 2, 2018
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Marcelle enjoys preparing delicious meals for family and friends. She especially loves creating original plant-based, vegan recipes.

Vegetables are the star in this healthy, low-sodium, meatless lasagna recipe. Roasting vegetables in a little balsamic vinegar is easy and adds a slightly sweet and subtle smokey flavor to this meatless meal. This lasagna is elegant and hearty enough to serve to guests – both vegetarians and meat-eaters!

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Meatless Lasagna Adds More Vegetables

Ground beef is a main ingredient in most classic lasagna dishes. This meatless lasagna recipe instead gives the spotlight to vegetables. It is well known that adding more vegetables to your diet has many health benefits. Vegetables are naturally lower in calories and fat and have zero cholesterol. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney stones, bone loss and obesity. Fruits and vegetables may also offer protection against certain cancers. The key is to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables as each has its unique set of nutrients and often antioxidants. This recipe uses a variety of vegetables and can be customized to include your favorites.

Note: To make this recipe vegan, make a tofu "ricotta" by mashing up firm tofu with a fork and adding nutritional yeast with a splash or lemon juice to taste. You can also use plant-based "mozzarella" or eliminate this in the recipe.

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Eating a meat rich diet on the other hand has some risks. Researchers at the National Institute of Health found in a 2012 study that individuals who consumed the highest levels of both unprocessed and processed red meat had the greatest risk of mortality, cancer mortality, and cardiovascular disease mortality.1 Many studies have also found an association with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.


Roasted Vegetable Lasagna Recipe

This recipe is flexible and adaptable. You can vary the vegetables to your preference or what you have on hand (see the recipe for Roasted Vegetables below). You can also assemble the lasagna the night before, refrigerate it, and have it ready to pop in the oven the next day when you walk in the door. The recipe is kept low in sodium with lighter cheese and a almost sodium-free tomato sauce. .

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5 stars from 8 ratings of Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 55 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups homemade Basic Tomato Sauce, see the gray box for the link
  • 9 whole wheat lasagna noodles, cooked al-dente
  • 4 cups roasted vegetables, see recipe below
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, sliced
  • 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese, optional

Basic Tomato Sauce

This slightly spicy and easy-to-make tomato sauce is virtually sodium-free, which is key to keeping this lasagna low-sodium as commercial sauces are often high in salt.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread ½ cup sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  3. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles on top of the sauce.
  4. Spread ½ of the roasted veggies over the noodles and press down gently with a spatula.
  5. Mix ricotta with egg white and spread half of the mixture on top of the roasted veggies.
  6. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese on top.
  7. Spread half of the sliced basil leaves and ¾ cup of sauce.
  8. Top with another layer of 3 lasagna noodles and press down with spatula.
  9. Continue with the remaining veggies, remaining ricotta mixture, 1/4 cup mozzarella, remaining basil, and ¾ cup sauce.
  10. Top with remaining 3 lasagna noodles and press down with spatula.
  11. Top lasagna with remaining sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses
  12. Bake for 50-55 minutes until hot, slightly browned, and bubbling. Check lasagna about halfway through cooking and cover loosely with foil if the topping browns too much.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/6 of Lasagna
Calories 318
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Carbohydrates 38 g13%
Fiber 8 g32%
Protein 14 g28%
Sodium 183 mg8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Spread ½ cup sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish and arrange 3 lasagna noodles on top of the sauce.
Spread ½ cup sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish and arrange 3 lasagna noodles on top of the sauce. | Source
Spread ½ of the roasted veggies over the noodles and gently press downwith a spatula.
Spread ½ of the roasted veggies over the noodles and gently press downwith a spatula. | Source
Spread half of ricotta (or tofu "ricotta" suggested above), 1/4 cup of mozzarella or plant-based cheese, and half of the sliced basil over roasted vegetables.
Spread half of ricotta (or tofu "ricotta" suggested above), 1/4 cup of mozzarella or plant-based cheese, and half of the sliced basil over roasted vegetables. | Source
Spread about 3/4 cup of sauce.
Spread about 3/4 cup of sauce. | Source
Top with three lasagna noodles and repeat layers. Place the last three lasagna noodles on top and push down with spatula. Top with the remainder of sauce and tablespoons of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
Top with three lasagna noodles and repeat layers. Place the last three lasagna noodles on top and push down with spatula. Top with the remainder of sauce and tablespoons of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. | Source
Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 50-55 minutes.
Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 50-55 minutes. | Source

How To Roast Vegetables

Use almost any vegetables you have on hand or prefer. See some examples in the box below. Roasting vegetables gives them slightly smoky taste that is balanced by the sweetness from the balsamic vinegar.

These and other roasted vegetables also make a great side dishes for your main meal. Root vegetables are perfect for a side dish. Learn how to roast root veggies like beets and potatoes here.

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Vegetables to Roast

  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Eggplant
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots

Ingredients

  • 8 cups chopped vegetables (see examples in the box)
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground basil
  • Ground pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss chopped veggies in a large glass bowl with oil, vinegar, and spices.
  3. Spray a lined cookie sheet or roasting pan lightly with cooking spray. Spread vegetables onto sheet or pan and roast in oven for about 40-45 minutes, lightly tossing veggies about every 15 minutes and checking for doneness.

Note: Vegetables will shrink down while roasting to make about 4 cups.

Choose a variety of vegetables to roast. Chop vegetables and garlic.
Choose a variety of vegetables to roast. Chop vegetables and garlic. | Source
Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and spices.
Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and spices. | Source

Costco Kirkland Signature Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

I highly recommend Costco's Kirkland Signature products, especially the well reviewed extra-virgin olive oil. It is a superb product and an excellent value. I also use the Costco's Kirkland Signature balsamic vinegar pictured here as well as many spices and fresh produce. Costco also has a great assortment of fresh vegetables for you to use. See more of my Costco product recommendations here.

Toss veggies with in a large glass bowl with oil, vinegar, and spices (see above picture).
Toss veggies with in a large glass bowl with oil, vinegar, and spices (see above picture). | Source
Spread vegetables onto a lined and sprayed sheet or pan and roast in oven for 45-60 minutes. Lightly toss vegetables once or twice during roasting time.
Spread vegetables onto a lined and sprayed sheet or pan and roast in oven for 45-60 minutes. Lightly toss vegetables once or twice during roasting time. | Source

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Sources

1 Wein, Harrison, Ph.D. "Risk in Red Meat? - National Institutes of Health (NIH)." U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 26 Mar. 2012. Web. 17 Sept. 2014. <http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/march2012/03262012meat.htm>.

"Why Is It Important to Eat Vegetables?" Health and Nutrition Benefits of Vegetables. United States Department of Agriculture, n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2014. <http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables-why.html>.

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      • My Bell profile imageAUTHOR

        Marcelle Bell 

        3 years ago

        Thank you so much! I love taking pictures of food (no waiting for someone to pose haha!). I love to cook and create unique recipes even more.

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        shraddhachawla 

        3 years ago

        Mouth watering pictures and a wonderful recipe of Roasted vegetable lasagna. Thanks for sharing My Bell.

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        Marcelle Bell 

        3 years ago

        Thank you so much, Chef and Jen! My husband has already begged me to make this again. It is just so good! Please let me know what you both think after you make it.

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        Jennifer Beckers 

        3 years ago from Palm Beach County

        Looks absolutely delicious, I will be making this!

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        Andrew Spacey 

        4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

        Great photographs and an easy to follow recipe, thank you. This meat free lasagne looks delicious and healthy - low calorie - which is a positive for those who need to keep trim but don't want to compromise on taste.

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        Marcelle Bell 

        4 years ago

        Thank you for the positive comments, Deal and Flourish!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        A good healthy option to meat lasagna. Looks delicious!

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        Sam Deal 

        4 years ago from Earth

        The roasted veggie lasagna recipe looks like a good one!

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