Looking to make that classic Italian dish with a savory twist? Try the following recipe, all made from scratch except for the noodles! It’s relatively easy to prepare and sure to leave your kitchen smelling like a garden. I can’t take all the credit for this one, though. My sister and I tag-teamed. The cauliflower, pumpkin and Dijon mustard are perhaps most unique to this veggie-based lasagna. The cauliflower adds texture while the pumpkin and mustard give a zing that will leave your taste buds searching for the sources of that flavor. If you can’t find pumpkin in season, replace with a butternut or spaghetti squash.
Veggies—cauliflower, mushrooms, zucchini, pumpkin (boiled), tomatoes, onion, carrots
Seasonings/spices—garlic, basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt, pepper
And don’t forget the lasagna noodles!
- Finely chop the onions and sauté at the bottom of a pot with chopped garlic, olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Boil the pumpkin. (If you can’t find pumpkin in season, try a butternut or spaghetti squash.)
- Purée the tomatoes in a blender.
- Chop the cauliflower, mushrooms and zucchini and cook over medium heat in the pot with the onions and seasonings.
- Shred the carrots and add them to the vegetable mixture along with the boiled pumpkin and tomato purée.
- Add the rosemary, chopped parsley and Dijon mustard into the vegetable sauce. Bring to a boil.
- Cover the bottom of the lasagna pan with a thin layer of the juice from the sauce. Place one layer of noodles on top and cover with a layer of sauce. Place another layer of noodles in the opposite direction of the layer underneath, then cover with sauce. Repeat as necessary until you reach the top of the pan (usually 3-4 noodle layers).
- Cover the top noodle layer with a thin smear of juice from the sauce as you did in the bottom of the pan. This keeps the noodles from burning, sticking or drying out.
- Cook in the oven with foil over top at 390ºF for 20 min or until noodles have cooked thoroughly. Five minutes before the lasagna is ready, sprinkle chopped basil. (If you put the basil on too early, it gets too crispy and loses its taste.)
- Serve, eat and enjoy!
Note that the sauce makes a great soup, too! Just follow the same steps through #6!