Wednesday, 23 November 2016

vegetarian lasagne

As you may know, I have been attending cooking lessons at the Chequers Cookery school. Last week we made a lasagne but due to me being a vegetarian, I made a vegetarian lasagne. I thought I would share the recipe that I followed as I have found it difficult in the past to find a tasty recipe for vegetarian lasagne.

The ingredients I used were to serve 4:

½ table spoon of olive oil
pinch of black pepper (optional)
150ml of vegetable stock
250m vegetarian mince
50g mushrooms
½ large onion
½ clove of garlic
1table spoon of tomato purée
½ tin of chopped tomatoes
4 sheets of no pre-cook lasagne sheets
250ml of milk
100g grated strong cheddar
15g margarine
15g plain flour

  1. First we will make the tomato sauce. finely chop the onion and the garlic
  2. In a saucepan heat the olive oil, when it is hot add the onion and cook for around 30seconds. Then add the garlic
  3. Add the vegetarian mince and cook until golden brown. Add the pepper if you would like.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato purée.
  5. Chop the mushrooms and add to the saucepan.
  6. Add the vegetable stock and leave on a gentle simmer while you are preparing the white sauce.
  7. To make the white sauce, place the margarine, flour and milk into a saucepan before the saucepan is put on the hob.
  8. Bring to a simmer while always stirring until it has thickened.
  9. Simmer for about 2 minutes then mix in about 2/3 of the cheese.
  10. In a oven proof dish (I used a aluminium tray 230mm x 170mmx 45mm) make a layer of the tomato sauce, then 2 of the sheets of pasta then a layer of the white sauce.
  11. Repeat step 10 ensuring the last layer of white sauce covers all of the pasta.
  12. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese.  
  13. Bake in the oven at 180c or gas mark 5 for about 30 minutes (may take longer depending on the size of the dish).
  14. Use a knife to ensure the pasta is cooked.

You can always alter the recipe slightly, adding different vegetables such as peppers if you like.
Hope this recipe inspires you to make a vegetarian lasagne. Me and my family loved it and I will definitely make it again.

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