Seasonal Cheesiness

by Peachy Palate on October 2, 2012

What is it about lasagna that just oozes comfort food…

Back in my cheese eating days it was one of my favourite meals, though there was a huge interim period amid the various eating disorders were not even the smallest of bites would of passed my lips. Of course all I ever knew was sauce from a jar and the standard meat filled bolognaise like lasagna.

Vegetarian lasagna would have been only introduced a lot longer down the line when I was well and truly in the throws of disordered eating and like many of the foods I restricted would have been only indulged in on a binge eating day.

I’ve come full circle and no longer have “treat” foods and don’t have any negative associations attached to certain meals or foods and so can genuinely look forward to a delicious plate of lasagna in various different guises. I love making new varieties…the possibilities are endless and can be taken far from the traditional meaty cheesy wheat filled layers to ulitmate nutritionally rich deliciousness!

A while back you may or may not remember the pumpkin and chestnut “cheesy” pasta….and the more recent pumpkin mac and cheese…as you can see from the pictures my cheesy pasta loving was far from over!

I’ve officially created the ultimate vegan “cheesy” cheese less lasagna! Giving my self some props on this one because it really is that good!

Packed full of “meaty” mushrooms, drowned in drippy “cheese” sauce…it’s satisfies on every count! I always know I’m on a to a real winner when my mum actively looks for a taste of something I’ve made. The hovering occurs until I offer her a bite. She approved of this one!

The fact that she’s a bit of a mushroom maniac obviously helped. She’s admittedly a “cheeseaholic” so to get her to approve of cheese less sauce really is no mean feat!

I reserved a little of the sauce to pour over the lasagna once cooked. Not that this lasagna was lacking in sauciness but having a little extra on stand by, whatever type of lasagna your making, is a fantastic way to ensure even leftovers ooze with glorious cheesiness! The joys of Alpro Almond milk…never fail to amaze and delight me!

It’s a straightforward lasagna, one that requires minimal dishes and pots to prepare and only a small array of ingredients. The one thing that would put me off making a lasagna, as I know it does others, is the long list of steps and ingredients which although never particularly complex, they tend to be laborious, time consuming and inevitably lead to a lot of cleaning up.

A relatively speedy cheesy healthy lasagna……….what more could you want! Set to be one of my favourite all time pumpkin recipes for sure.

What’s your favourite type of lasagna? Do you have your own little twist?

Vegan Cheesy Mushroom Lasagna

Print this easy peasy recipe Print this easy peasy recipe

Servings – 1

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 45 minutes

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 180ml (3/4 cup + 1 tbsp) almond milk
  • 3-4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Lasagna

  • 1.5 cups diced mushrooms
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • 3 sheets of wholegrain spelt lasagna
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 medium onion finely diced

Directions

  1. Blend together all sauce ingredients in a food processor or in jar using a handblender. Place in a pot over a medium heat, stirring until it thickens; about 5 – 8 minutes. Set to one side.
  2. Place garlic, onion and olive oil in a pan over a medium heat and cook for 3-5 minutes until onion becomes a little translucent.
  3. Add in mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes. Place mixture in a bowl lined with kitchen paper to soak up excess moisture. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  5. Drop lasagna sheets in to boiling water for a minute, one at a time.
  6. Place a spoonful of the sauce at the bottom of your oven proof dish, lay down one sheet of lasagna, followed by 1/2 of the mushroom mixture. Top with a few spoonfuls of sauce and a few fresh basil leaves.
  7. Lay another lasagna sheet on top and repeat the process. Lay final lasagna sheet on top, followed by about half of the remaining sauce; pour on more than you think! It’s important the pasta is well coated!
  8. Cover and place in the preheated oven, allowing to bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cook for a further 10 minutes uncovered.
  9. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the dish and pouring over the remainder of the warm cheesy sauce (reheat in the pot!) Garnish with a little fresh basil to serve.

*Perfect the next day and delicious served cold!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Lasagne really is one of the best comfort foods.

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Peachy Palate October 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm

It’s awesome, especially when it’s loaded with “cheesy” goodness! :)

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Jess October 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

This looks so divine – if I could find a decent GF sub for spelt lasagne sheets I’d be making this tomorrow. Rice pasta just falls apart and I can’t have corn…hmm, I need to get my thinking cap on!

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Peachy Palate October 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Have you tried different brands? A layer of something else might work like solid thinly sliced polenta? Or a thick bean layer maybe?

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Julie @ twosaucysisters.wordpress.com October 3, 2012 at 12:23 am

This is right up mine and brit’s alley – pumpkin (current obsession) and mushrooms (always an obsession). Definitely making this! :)

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Peachy Palate October 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

You’re goana love it :)

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Miss Polkadot October 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

So cheesy! I had this dish for lunch today though had to sub whole-wheat pasta due to not having any lasagna noodles making it more of a baked mac ‘n cheese. Several more adaptions were made but I can truly say it was the cheesiest-tasting of all vegan dishes I had so far. My pictures didn’t even turn out closely as delish-looking as yours, though.

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Peachy Palate October 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Brilliant! Glad you liked it! Once it tasted good that’s all that matters! :)

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