The Best Vegetarian Lasagna

Full of flavor and hearty veggies, this truly is the Best Vegetarian Lasagna! Smothered in tender pasta, exquisite sauce and melty cheese this Lasagna is going to hit the spot! And I promise you won’t miss the meat! This is such an amazing dish, I love to pair it with my Best Homemade Easy Cheesy…

The Best Vegetarian Lasagna

Full of flavor and hearty veggies, this truly is the Best Vegetarian Lasagna! Smothered in tender pasta, exquisite sauce and melty cheese this Lasagna is going to hit the spot! And I promise you won’t miss the meat!

This is such an amazing dish, I love to pair it with my Best Homemade Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread and some Greek Salad (with the Best Dressing). For me Italian dinners need a bit of chocolate afterwards so whip up this Easy Chocolate Pudding Pie for the perfect finish to a meal restaurant worthy!

Vegetable Lasagna in a white dish with basil on top.

Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna is such a comfort food and what a better way to eat your veggies than as a comfort food. This is the perfect way to sneak in those veggies without anyone even knowing. The meatiness of the mushrooms especially makes it seem like there is meat in there. It’ll be our little secret. As your family and friends lick their plates clean and ask for more you can smile knowing they are getting in their veggies! You are going to love this recipe. It does take a bit of time to prep but once it comes together it’s ready in no time. Plan for it on a busy weekend or meatless Monday. It’ll become a family favorite in no time.

With the veggies, sauce and cheese you’ll end up with the most wonderfully robust flavored dish. I couldn’t believe how much flavor there was! There was zing, meatiness, savory, and creaminess. All combined together for this explosion of lusciousness in my mouth. This makes a large 9×13 which will give you leftovers for another meal, or lunches for the week. Either way you will look forward to eating this again and again. You won’t be able to get enough of tender veggies, perfectly cooked noodles, creamy cheese and savory sauce! It’s just so heavenly! Make it tonight!

Ingredients for Italian Vegetarian Lasagna

Yes, there are a few ingredients in this, but trust me it’s worth it! The combination of veggies, seasonings and cheese make for an absolutely marvelous dish you’ll want to make again and again. Everything can be found at your local grocery store, so no special trips to a specialty store. Plan this into your weekend meals, leftovers are even better!

  • Oil: Just enough for sautéing the veggies.
  • Zucchini: small chopped
  • Mushrooms: Chopped
  • Carrots: Chopped
  • Onion: Chopped
  • Spinach: Fresh works best in this recipe
  • Crushed Tomatoes: 1 large 28 oz cans or two 14 oz cans
  • Tomato Sauce: 2 of the smaller cans or 1 large 12 oz.
  • Tomato Paste: This will intensify the tomato flavor without adding more liquid.
  • Italian Seasoning:The best combination of spices for lasagna.
  • Sugar: This helps balance the acidity in the tomatoes.
  • Salt and Pepper: Just to taste
  • Fresh Basil: Chop it finely.
  • Lasagna Noodles: You’ll pre-cook the noodles but don’t over cook them.
  • Ricotta Cheese: This is a staple in lasagna fillings.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Adds a nice salty tang.
  • Egg: You’ll mix this with the ricotta.
  • Mozzarella Cheese Shredded:  Use freshly shredded cheese so it doesn’t have the caking agents on it. This prevents the cheese from melting nicely.

How to Make Vegetarian Lasagna Step by Step

This takes a little bit of prep work, but again, it’s totally worth it. It comes together nicely and the flavor is so rich and divine, you won’t miss the meat. Use a non stick skillet so that you don’t have to add more liquid. You don’t want it watery. Drain your veggies before you add the tomatoes if you think it’s too watery.

  1. Sauté: In a large skillet over medium high heat add the olive oil. Add in the zucchini, mushrooms, carrots and onion and sauté until tender. Add in the spinach and continue to cook until it starts to wilt.
  2. Simmer: Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, sugar and basil. Let simmer on low heat.
  3. Cook:  In a large pot bring water to a boil. Add the lasagna noodles and cook 8-10 min or till al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  4. Stir:  In a medium bowl combine the ricotta cheese, parmesan and egg. Mix till incorporated.
  5. Preheat: Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9×13 pan with non stick spray and set aside.
  6. Layer: To make the lasagna start by spreading 1 cup of the vegetable sauce on the bottom. Arrange the noodles in a single layer over the sauce. Spread 1/2 cup of the ricotta cheese, on top of the noodles followed by shredded mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layers and top with cheese.
  7. Bake: Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 min. Remove the foil and bake and additional 20-25 min or until it is heated throughout and cheese is bubbly. Let it cool for 10 min before serving.

Sauteing vegetables for the vegetable lasagna.

Tips for Making Easy Vegetarian Lasagna

This isn’t a hard recipe but a few tips will make it perfectly perfect every time!

  • Noodles: This recipe calls for baking your own noodles first. Keep them al dente, and error on the side of under cooking them. This way the noodles can absorb any liquid that comes from the sauce.
  • Veggies:  I used veggies we like in our lasagna but you can substitute for veggies you like. Eggplant, squash, broccoli are all good choices.
  • Drain:  I like to drain any of the extra liquid that comes from sautéing the veggies. You don’t any extra liquid in your sauce or it will become soggy.
  • Simmer: Simmer without the lid on so that extra liquid can evaporate.
  • Ricotta: Adding the egg to the ricotta helps it bind to the noodles so it doesn’t ooze from the lasagna. You can substitute small curd cottage cheese for the ricotta for hit of protein and creaminess.

Layering sauce, noodles, cheese for vegetable lasagna.

Why Healthy Vegetarian Lasagna?

We are always being told that we don’t get enough vegetables in our diet. It can be hard, I get it. That’s why I love recipes like this that don’t sacrifice on flavor and give me more veggies too. Recipes like Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet, Easy Vegetable Stir Fry or Healthy and Easy Vegetable Detox Soup. Perfect for after the holidays when we need a reset in our diets. It’s no secret vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. All of which can help protect our bodies from diseases, cancer, and maintain overall health. With such a wide variety of textures and flavors it’s easy to create exciting dishes and ways to serve them. Try to incorporate more veggies in your diet for overall good health, as you eat more, you’ll feel better inside and out. Start by having a plate of cut up veggies with some Ranch Dip in the fridge to snack on. Make more recipes with veggies in them like this One Pan Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken and Vegetables.Every little bit helps. And this Lasagna is another amazing way to get those veggies.

Vegetable Lasagna being scooped out of the dish.

Freezing and Storing Vegetable Lasagna

  • Freeze: This recipe freezes so well. Freeze before cooking or after. Double the recipe and make one to eat and one to freeze for another day. If you freeze it after baking allow to cool completely before freezing. Cover tightly, or transfer individual portions in freezer safe containers. Freeze for up to 3 months. If you freeze before baking, again cover tightly or transfer in individual portions to freezer safe containers and freeze up to 3-4 months.
  • Storing: Lasagna is almost better the next day and this is no exception. Store leftovers tightly wrapped in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Reheat: To cook unbaked lasagna from frozen, bake at 375 degrees and add on an extra 20-30 minutes. To reheat from frozen place in the oven at 375, it’ll take about 30-40 min to heat through. For leftovers they can be reheated in the microwave or oven.

Plated vegetable lasagna with cheese, noodles and sauce.

More Lasagna Loving Recipes

Lasagna is a comfort food. It’s cheesy, it’s got noodles and it has intense, rich, amazing flavors. There are so many different ways to make lasagna too. You could make a different recipe every night of the week and not eat the exact same thing twice. Try them all and decide on your favorite!

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Vegetarian Lasagna

Full of flavor and hearty veggies, this truly is the Best Vegetarian Lasagna! Smothered in tender pasta, exquisite sauce and melty cheese this Lasagna is going to hit the spot! And I promise you won't miss the meat!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Italian American
Keyword vegetarian lasagna
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 Slices of Lasagna
Calories 272kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small zucchini chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 6.5 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 16 ounce ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan finely grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium high heat add the olive oil. Add in the zucchini, mushrooms, carrots and onion and sauté until tender. Add in the spinach and continue to cook until it starts to wilt.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, sugar, and basil. Let simmer on low heat.
  • In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the lasagna noodles and cook for 8-10 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  • In medium sized bowl add the ricotta cheese, parmesan, and egg. Mix until incorporated.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9x13 inch pan with non stick spray and set aside.
  • To make the lasagna start by spreading 1 cup of the vegetable sauce on the bottom. Arrange the noodles in a single layer over the sauce. Spread 1/2 cup of the ricotta cheese, on top of the noodles followed by shredded mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layers and top with cheese.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake and additional 20-25 minutes or until it is heated throughout and cheese is bubbly. Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2833IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese- The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich I have Ever had!

I want to introduce you to Air Fryer Grilled Cheese, the best I have ever had! Perfectly grilled to a crunchy golden brown on the outside and melty goodness on the inside. It’s life changing. Grilled cheese pairs exquisitely with tomato soup. There is just something about the combination that is homey and comforting. Pick…

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese- The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich I have Ever had!

I want to introduce you to Air Fryer Grilled Cheese, the best I have ever had! Perfectly grilled to a crunchy golden brown on the outside and melty goodness on the inside. It’s life changing.

Grilled cheese pairs exquisitely with tomato soup. There is just something about the combination that is homey and comforting. Pick from these favorites to go with your sandwich: Tomato Basil Soup, Fire Roasted Tomato Soup, or Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup. Yummy!

Grilled cheese in the air fryer.

Amazing Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

One of the best grilled cheese sandwiches that I have ever had was in Boston.  They used gouda cheese and told us the secret was using a mixture of mayonnaise and butter on the outside of the grilled cheese.  Since then I have always made my grilled cheese using mayonnaise and I can promise you that it will change your grilled cheese sandwiches.

Now, Air Fryer Grilled Cheese?  This grilled cheese is the absolute best grilled cheese that I have ever had.  It cooks it perfectly crisp and melts the cheese just right.

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Ingredients

This air fryer grilled cheese couldn’t be any easier. All of the ingredients are probably in your pantry right now. So what are you waiting for?

  • Sourdough Bread: I prefer sourdough bread, but you can use your favorite bread.
  • Cheese: Use any good melty cheese, American, gouda, cheddar or gruyere.
  • Mayo: Don’t confuse this with miracle whip.
  • Butter: Adds flavor and helps to brown the bread.

Making Incredible Grilled Cheese

This takes the same amount of time as your regular grilled cheese but will taste 5 times better.

  1. Assemble: Lay two slices of cheese between two pieces of bread.
  2. Combine: In a small bowl combine the mayo and butter.
  3. Spread: Spread the butter mixture on the outside of the bread.
  4. Fry: Place in the basket of an air fryer and 360 degrees and fry for 5 min. Flip and fry for another 5 minutes.

Assembling the ultimate grilled cheese.

Why use Mayo with the Butter?

Crazy as it may sound, but mayonnaise mixed with butter spread on your butter is absolutely divine. If you have never tried it, it’s a MUST. And this is the perfect recipe to try it on.  So why should you use mayo on your grilled cheese?

  • Store bought mayo has a higher smoke point than butter. This means that it takes longer for the bread to get that golden crispy outside. And since it takes longer, the cheese has more time to melt and get all ooey-gooey. So it creates a perfect golden crunchy exterior and fluffy melty interior.
  • Mayo is obviously easier to spread. Butter from the fridge can be hard and while trying to spread it on the bread it can tear the bread. That just ruins the whole sandwich. So mixing the butter and mayo creates a perfect spreadable topping.
  • Butter gives it the best flavor. That’s why we use a combination. The butter creates the flavor and the mayo creates a golden crust that spreads evenly.

Buttering the back of grilled cheese sandwich before air frying.

Crispy Air Frying Grilled Cheese Tips

Air frying is the newest and greatest thing in cooking. If you haven’t gotten into the air frying business then the time is now. It’s the healthier, it creates uncompromising flavor, taste and texture.  With this grilled cheese there are only a few things you need to keep in mind.

  • Know your Air Fryer: Every air fryer is different, check our cooking instructions to make the best decision on cooking temperature and time. My suggestions for cooking are just that, suggestions. To get the crispiest sandwich and the most melty cheese.
  • Anchor the Bread: Air fryers work by circulating air, much like a convection oven. If you use a light weight bread you’ll want to secure the sandwich together with a toothpick so that the bread doesn’t go flying off the sandwich.

Breaking a grilled cheese from the air fryer with melty cheese inside.

Variations for the Best Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is one of the best foods ever. It is the most ultimate comfort foods ever. It’s cheesy, it’s buttery, it’s so luscious. One of the most wonderful things about these is the fact that they are so easy to customize. You can mix and match the breads and fillings to your hearts content.

  • Bread: I love sourdough, but any bread you love will work, rye, ciabatta, whole wheat, white, or whatever you desire most. Remember if you use a light weight bread be sure to secure the sandwich with a toothpick.
  • Cheese: A good melty cheese works best but any cheese that you love will work. Use a good strong flavored cheese. Try Colby, provolone, swiss, pepper jack, or Monterey jack. Any cheese will work.
  • Add Ins:  Add fillings to make the sandwich even better. Try tomatoes, caramelized onions, mushrooms, cucumbers, avocados, sliced sandwich meat, pepperoni, even thinly sliced apples.

Holding a grilled cheese done in the air fryer cut in half.

More Sandwich Loving Recipes

Sometimes you just want a good sandwich. Not a sandwich that you put in your child’s lunch box, but a really great grown up, hearty and tasty sandwich. All of these are exactly just that. Ultimate sandwiches for the whole family to enjoy. These are definitely favorites.

  • Best Tuna Melt Sandwich EVER
  • Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich
  • Ultimate Easy Cuban Sandwich
  • Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
  • Ham and Cheese Sliders
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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

This Air Fryer Grilled Cheese is the best I have ever had! Perfectly grilled to a crunchy golden brown on the outside and melty goodness on the inside. It's life changing.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer grilled cheese, grilled cheese, grilled cheese sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 Sandwiches
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 4 slices sourdough bread*
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese or good melting cheese like American, gruyere, or gouda.
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter

Instructions

  • Lay two slices of cheese between two pieces of bread. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise and butter and spread on the outside of the bread.
  • Place in basket of air fryer and cook at 360 degrees for 5 minutes, flip and cook and additional 5 minutes or until toasted.

Notes

*can use favorite bread of choice. If using a thin bread, secure with a toothpick.
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