Salams my fellow cooks, hope alls well..I was planning on posting a recipe last Friday but ended up with a massive migraine and needed to sleep that off. To be honest although I love Lasagne I’m a bit lazy to make it 😳 and the fact that hubby doesn’t eat cheese and the girls are not to keen on mince meat always puts lasagne making on a back burner. I love Veggies and so do the girls so why not a vegetable lasagne. This one is loaded with lovely colourful veggies and makes you feel like summer is on its way.
For the filling:
1 large courgette (sliced thick)
1 red pepper (cut into large chunks)
1 green pepper (cut into large chunks)
Half yellow pepper (cut into large chunks)
1 small aubergine – optional (cut into large cubes)
1 large red onion (cut into chunks)
12-15 Olives (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
Salt and pepper
1 tspn mixed herbs
1 tbsp capers (optional)
Half a jar pasta sauce (any you like)
Half a tin chopped tomatoes
Lasagne sheets (no pre-cook)
For the Cheese Sauce:
40 g butter
2 tbsp plain flour
1 pint milk
Handful grated cheddar cheese (any you prefer)
Salt and pepper to taste
More grated cheddar cheese for the topping
In a large baking tray arrange the chopped vegetables and drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper, mixed herbs and garlic. Toss all this together so all the vegetables are coated with the seasoning. Bake in the oven on gas mark 4 (180) for about 30 minutes until the veg is slightly brown.
Once the vegetables are roasted put them in a saucepan and to that add the pasta sauce and the chopped tinned tomatoes. Also add the olives and capers. Taste again for seasoning and add if necessary. Cook this on medium heat on cooker for around 7-10 minutes.
In the meantime make up the sauce, melt the butter in a sauce pan. Whisk the plain flour into the milk until there’s no lumps. Once the butter has melted pour the milk into the saucepan and heat on medium heat until the sauce has thickened. Keep stirring all the while while sauce is thickening. Add the handful of grated cheese and let that melt into the sauce, add salt and pepper as required.
Now all the components are ready we can start layering. On the bottom of a large rectangle Pyrex dish spread a couple of tbsp of the cheese sauce. Arrange the lasagne sheets and spread another couple of tbsp of cheese sauce on top of the sheets. Spread the vegetable filling on top, you can also sprinkle some grated cheese and then another layer of lasagne sheets and repeat this one more time. On the last layer of lasagne sheets pour more cheese sauce and sprinkle some grated cheese and mixed herbs or oregano. Bake in oven on gas mark 4 (180) for 30 minutes until the top is slightly golden and the lasagne sheets are cooked. I prefer mine soft so take it out before it’s too golden. This is lovely with a side salad.
TIP: You can make this in advance and cover with cling film, this softens the lasagne sheets and results in a lovely soft lasagne. This dish can also be frozen so if there’s a lot of filling then just make up a foil container and freeze for a lazy day.
This recipe has been adapted from Delia Online.
Any questions please feel free to ask.