Friday, 13 December 2013

Veg Lasagna

Lasagna (Pronounced as la-za-nia) are a wide, flat shaped types of pasta. The word also refers to a dish made with several layers of lasagne sheets alternated with sauces and various other ingredients. Lasagne is originated in Italy. 
Lasagna is also a very easy dish to prepare. Tomato sauce, lots of cheese and vegetables are the main constituents of it. I never had this before. Once I went to a tea party where all my friends were discussing about lasagna. I was silent listener there as I didn’t know what that was…. Smiley
When I came home & goggled about it I found it is also a variation of pasta. As a pasta lover Smiley I went quickly to a grocery store, picked one lasagne noodle packet (I live in US and its easy to find these noodles here so not sure about India or any other place) & all the ingredients  required to make it & tried… trust me it was a hit Smiley. Really flavorful. Will definitely make it again & again. 
I made 4 layers. First layer was eggplant , 2nd layer stir fried mix veggies, 3rd broccoli & mushroom & top most was spinach…. U can skip any layer if you want to. You can also add any vegetable according to your taste. 


10-12 lasagne noodles 
2 Tbsp.  Butter 
2 cups milk
2 Tbsp.  Maida/ flour
1/4 tsp.  Salt
1/4 tsp.  Ground black pepper 
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
2-3 Tbsp.  Olive oil
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped broccoli florets
1 cup shredded carrots
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
¼ cup sweet corn
1 large eggplant ½ inch thick sliced
1 cup chopped onion
5-6 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup spaghetti sauce
2 cups Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup of shredded whole-milk mozzarella cheese
½ cup bread crumbs

How to Prepare:

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. 
Take a large vessel. Add water to it & salt. Boil the lasagne noodles according to instructions on the packet. After cooking drain the noodles.

Heat olive oil in a large frying pan and add onion.  Cook the onion till it turns translucent.  Add garlic , sweet corn, grated carrots, bell pepper and a pinch of salt & black pepper then cook for 5 to 8 minutes till they turn to golden brown & crunchy. 

Mix ricotta cheese and basil. Turn off the heat & keep them in a bowl.

Again heat olive oil in the same frying pan. Add broccoli florets & mushroom. Stir fry for 3-4 min until crisp-tender. Adjust salt & pepper. Turn off the heat keep aside.

In the same pan add 1tblsp oil. Fry eggplant slices, only adding as many that will fit in the skillet without overlapping, until golden and soft, about 3-4 minutes per side. When all eggplant slices are done, set aside.

Melt butter in medium saucepan on low heat. Stir in flour, salt and ground pepper. Cook until bubbly, stirring frequently. Gradually add milk, stirring until well blended. Cook on medium heat until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, simmer 2-3 min. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Set aside.

Apply olive oil/butter to the baking dish. Pour some spaghetti sauce & apply it in the baking dish.

SPOON 1/4 cup of the Parmesan sauce. Place four noodles lengthwise and side by side to cover the bottom. Place the stir fried eggplants .sprinkle some mozzarella cheese. 

Again place the noodles on the top of the eggplant. Now add he stir fried veggie mix. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese & some pasta sauce. 

Again cover with noodles. Now add stir fried broccoli & mushrooms. Add cheese & pasta sauce.

Now On the top add fresh spinach & to that add spaghetti sauce & remaining parmesan sauce. 

Final step cover with remaining noodles. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese & bread crumbs.

BAKE 40-45 min. till the cheese gets crusty around the edges. 

Now let the lasagne rest for 15 minutes and serve it and Enjoy.

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Sandra Thomas said...

Very superb to see, thanks for hosting the recipe also. I'll definitely try to make it.

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