Hearty Vegetable Lasagna

With temperatures starting to cool off, my mind (and stomach!) has really started shifting towards the more hearty, warming meals of winter.  I love hot soups and warm casseroles during the cold months.  There is something just so comforting about that type of food, and this recipe is no exception.  Since I am mostly vegetarian, but my husband is most decidedly not, we love it when we are able to find a meatless recipe that is hearty enough to satisfy him, also.  This hearty vegetable lasagna has been in regular rotation for us for a few years now.  We absolutely love it!

This hearty vegetable lasagna is easy to make and oh so delicious. It's a wonderfully warm dish for the cold winter months.

I can’t remember exactly where I found this recipe, but like many recipes in my house, it has been tweaked over the years to suit our own likes and needs.  

This hearty vegetable lasagna is easy to make and oh so delicious. It's a wonderfully warm dish for the cold winter months.

I’m really not sure when I became this person.  The one who is confident enough to add or subtract ingredients from a recipe based on my own personal desires.  When I got married, about the only things I could whip up were boxed macaroni and cheese and Pop-tarts.  (I’m pretty sure my mom still thinks that that is the extent of my cooking capabilities.  Ha!)  We do the majority of our eating at home, though.  So, I suppose you just naturally become more comfortable with cooking when you do it night after night for years on end.

This hearty vegetable lasagna is easy to make and oh so delicious. It's a wonderfully warm dish for the cold winter months.

Anyhow, this recipe is such a favorite that I don’t even have it written down anywhere.  It’s pretty simple, so I can throw it together without even having to look up the ingredients.  🙂

Hearty Vegetable Lasagna
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box lasagna noodles
  2. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  3. 2-3 cloves garlic
  4. 1 zucchini
  5. 1 green bell pepper
  6. 1 1/2 c. baby portobello mushrooms
  7. ~4 oz. spinach
  8. 2 jars (26 oz.) pasta sauce
  9. 1 container (15 oz.) ricotta cheese
  10. 8 oz. mozzarella cheese
  11. Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Cook lasagna noodles in a large pot of boiling water for approximately 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and rinse with cool water.
  2. Mince garlic and chop mushrooms, zucchini, and bell pepper.
  3. In a large skillet, saute garlic and mushrooms in olive oil over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add zucchini and bell pepper and continue to saute for another 5 minutes.
  4. Dump 1 full jar of pasta sauce into skillet and let heat for 2 minutes.
  5. Add spinach and stir until leaves have wilted.
  6. Toss in a pinch of salt and stir.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread a thin layer of Ricotta on bottom of 9 x 13 pan (to help prevent sticking). Add one layer of lasagna noodles. Spread 1/2 of remaining ricotta cheese, ~half of mozzarella, and half of vegetable/sauce mixture on top of noodles in that order.
  8. Repeat for a second layer.
  9. Add a third layer of noodles on top and sprinkle any remaining mozzarella cheese on top of noodles.
  10. Bake, covered in foil, for 25-30 minutes.
  11. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. Optional: We like to top this with additional pasta sauce. So, while the lasagna is cooling, you can heat up your second jar of sauce for topping.
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Feel free to substitute any veggies that you may prefer.  This is the combination that we personally like, but the recipe definitely leaves room for flexibility.  

Enjoy!

This hearty vegetable lasagna is easy to make and oh so delicious. It's a wonderfully warm dish for the cold winter months.

 

 

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  1. I have tried those no boil lasagna and am not happy with them. Is this for regular lasagna? My family is really big on lasagna so we will definitely be making these.

  2. This lasagna sounds good. I love how you have added vegetables to the lasagna. I love adding vegetables into meals. Thank you for sharing your version of vegetable lasagna!

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