The secret to making this lasagna seem like it took hours is to buy no-bake noodles. Feel free to omit the vegan Italian sausage if you’re used to veggie lasagna. If you leave it in, this is a great meal for the carnivores in the family who will most likely miss the meat!
Easy Vegan Lasagna
makes 8 servings
prep time=20 minutes
cook time=30 minutes
12 no boil lasagna noodles
2 1/2 C. tomato sauce
1 1/2 Tb. cooking oil
1 1/2 C. yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. shitake mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
12 oz. vegan Italian sausage, crumbled
3 C. fresh baby spinach, chopped
1/2 C. vegan sour cream
1/2 C. vegan cream cheese
1/4 C. fresh basil, chopped
1 1/2 C. vegan shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. vegan parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
Step 1. Preheat oven to 375F.
Step 2. In medium skillet add oil, onion and garlic, cooking over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Add mushrooms and vegan sausage, stir and heat through another 5 minutes.
Step 3. Next, add spinach and cook an additional 2 minutes until leaves are wilted. Turn off heat and stir in sour cream, cream cheese, basil, salt and pepper.
Step 4. Add 1 C. sauce to bottom of 9" x 13" baking pan, spreading out evenly. Layer in 4 lasagna noodles, making sure to overlap slightly.
Step 5. Spread with 1/2 of the sausage mixture. Add 1/2 C. sauce. Sprinkle on 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese and 1/4 C. parmesan cheese.
Step 6. Layer 4 more noodles on top of that. Add the other 1/2 of the sausage mixture, 1/2 C. tomato sauce, 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese and 1/4 C. parmesan cheese.
Step 7. Add the final layer of 4 noodles. Spoon on remaining 1/2 C. tomato sauce and sprinkle on remaining 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese.
Step 8. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes. Uncover and bake additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted thoroughly and lasagna is bubbly.
Step 9. Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
prep time=5 minutes
cook time=15 minutes
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tb. Earth Balance butter
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 loaf of whole grain baguette, unsliced
Step1. Preheat oven to 350F.
Step 2. In a small sauté pan over low heat, saute garlic in oil, adding in butter and garlic powder. Heat for about 4-5 minutes or until garlic starts to sizzle (be careful not to burn the garlic!). Remove from heat.
Step 3. Place both bread halves on a baking sheet, open sides up.
Step 4. Brush bread generously with butter mixture using a silicon pastry brush or use a spoon to drizzle and spread it on, making sure to coat everything evenly.
Step 5. Place the halves back together and wrap with foil. Bake for 15 minutes.
Step 6. Remove from oven, unwrap the foil and place the bread open sides up again. Place it back into the oven for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the tops are slightly brown and the butter mixture is nice and melted.
Step 7. Slice into thick pieces and enjoy right away!