Monday, October 1, 2012

More than mince lasagna

Sometimes I just want more to a lasagna filling than 'mince'.

Here's a great variation that adds more flavour and more veggies - can't complain about hiding veggies!

You'll need:
2 x spelt lasagna sheets (or other lasagna sheets of choice)
For the 'mince':
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup TVP (rehydrated - measured before adding water)
2 field mushrooms, chopped
1/2 green capsicum, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 Tablespoons fresh oregano, finely chopped (can use dry if preferred, use a teaspoon)
1 teaspoon marjoram 
(Note: this mixture makes DOUBLE what I needed, it keeps well in freezer or fridge to easily make a second lasagna during the week or use as bolognese with other pasta - or you can just make 2 dishes!)
For the 'cheeze' sauce:
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
3/4 cup soymilk
1 Tablespoon cornflour

Soak the lasagna sheets in boiling water while making the 'mince'. This will help them cook quicker.
To make the 'mince':
Combine all the veggies in a frying pan and saute until slightly softened. Add the herbs, and garlic and TVP. Combine and cook until all ingredients are warmed through. Add the tomatoes and the tomato paste. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
To make the 'cheeze' sauce:
Combine the nutritional yeast and cornflour in a bowl and stir well. Add the milk and mix until the flours are completely dissolved. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. The sauce will thicken slightly but not be too thick that you can't spread it. 

--> You may want to make extra 'cheeze' sauce if you like your lasagna quite cheezy.

Assemble the lasagna:
Lightly spray the bottom of your lasagna dish. Place a quarter of the 'mince' mixture on the bottom and top with a lasagna sheet. 

Cover with lasagna sheet with half of the 'cheeze' sauce. 
Repeat the layering process. 

I usually do 2 layers of lasagna, feel free to do more if you want to!

Bake for 25 mins in a 180C preheated oven.

This recipe serves 2 large pieces or 4 side serves.
Serve with salad, garlic bread or steamed veggies :-)


  1. I bought some vegetarian "mince" for my son and made bog sauce - even quite liked it and I doubt most people would have guested it was missing meat.