This Easy Veggie Lasagna is a wholesome dinner filled with your favorite veggies and, of course, lots of cheese! The flavors of gouda and mozzarella combine with a simple tomato sauce to make what may be the best lasagna you ever try.
Table of contents
- WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- Vegetarian Lasagna Ingredients
- Supplies to Make Healthy Veggie Lasagna
- How to Make The Best Easy Veggie Lasagna
- Is this easy lasagna recipe gluten free?
- How To Make This a Vegan Lasagna Recipe
- Can I use tomato sauce from the store?
- Do I need to cook lasagna noodles first?
- Can you freeze this veggie lasagna?
- ADDITIONAL RECIPES TO TRY
Lasagna is a traditional Italian feast dish, which makes sense as I remember my childhood filled with steaming casserole dishes of lasagna. It was the go-to meal to feed a crowd.
If there was ever an Italian comfort food to bring join to the family (besides straight pasta perhaps), lasagna is it. Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Broccoli - with Tagliatelle Noodles is a close second, for sure.
While traditional lasagna is often loaded with ground meat, I decided to make a vegetarian lasagna recipe. It's easy, it's loaded with vegetables and, most importantly, it's delicious.
In fact, this vegetarian lasagne recipe is SO good and so cheesy that I bet most people won't even realize there's no meat.
This is a veggie lasagna without ricotta, as you may find in many other vegetable lasagne recipes. I chose to replace it with a combination of gouda and mozzarella cheeses - they both melt so perfectly and taste so good you won't even miss the ricotta!
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- A veggie lasagna without ricotta, as you may find in many other vegetable lasagne recipes
- You can freeze it before or after it's been baked
Beyond the cheese and lasagna noodles, the other veggie lasagna ingredients include a simple, homemade tomato sauce, zucchini and carrots.
I chose to use a homemade tomato sauce as I wanted to be in control of the flavor. Working with vegetables like zucchini and carrots, I wanted a sauce that was complimentary but didn't steal the show.
This tomato sauce + the delicious combination of mozzarella and gouda, is a big part of what makes this the best easy veggie lasagna.
Everyone I've served it to has always asked for more!
While I'm not sure we can exactly call this veggie lasagne recipe a "light" recipe, I am confident in saying that with the omission of ricotta and the addition of vegetables, this IS a healthy lasagna recipe.
Without needing to cook any meat, this is truly a simple lasagna recipe. It comes together quickly and you can have dinner on the table in just over an hour.
Lasagna also reheats well, making the leftovers an ideal lunch the next day!
Vegetarian Lasagna Ingredients
- Lasagna sheets
- Gouda cheese
- Mozzarella cheese
- Basil leaf
Supplies to Make Healthy Veggie Lasagna
How to Make The Best Easy Veggie Lasagna
If you're wondering, how do you make lasagna? The answer is easy! The basics of how to make lasagna is simply to layer lasagna noodles, sauce, veggies, cheese and repeat.
- For this recipe, begin by making the meatless lasagna tomato sauce by dicing the tomatoes and onions.
- Cook the onions in a saucepan for 4 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, water, basil, and salt. Allow to simmer.
- Reduce the heat and allow the tomato sauce to cook for 35 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease the casserole baking dish with oil.
- Set a layer of lasagna sheets. Then add the sauce, zucchini, carrots, and cheese.
- Continue layering the lasagna sheets, sauce, veggies and cheese 3 times or until the pan is full. Finish with a layer of sauce and cheese.
- Bake for 35 minutes. Enjoy!
Is this easy lasagna recipe gluten free?
While this recipe isn't specifically gluten-free, it's very easy to turn this into gf veggie lasagna! As the noodles are the only ingredient that contains gluten, just swap them out for gluten free lasagna noodles and you'll be good to go!
How To Make This a Vegan Lasagna Recipe
To turn this dish into a vegan lasagna recipe, you'll just need to omit the cheese or replace it with a vegan cheese substitute. Vegan Mozzarella is pretty readily available at most stores but you can use whatever vegan cheese you prefer!
Can I use tomato sauce from the store?
Yes, of course! I prefer making homemade tomato sauce for this recipe as I can control the taste and ingredients and it's so easy to make. But, if you're short on time, you can absolutely substitute store brought tomato or spaghetti sauce.
And, if you're looking for another tomato-based pasta recipe, you'll love Crock Pot Tomato Mac and Cheese.
Do I need to cook lasagna noodles first?
It depends! If you use regular lasagna noodles you do need to cook them...I prefer using no boil lasagna noodles. As you may have guessed from the name, no pre-cooking or boiling required! They can go straight into your lasagna casserole pan.
Can you freeze this veggie lasagna?
Absolutely. You have two options - you can freeze it before or after it's been baked. Personally, I prefer freezing it after it's been baked and just popping it in the oven for an hour. Then I like to top it with just a tad more cheese at the end.
Either way, make sure you cover it well with plastic wrap and foil to prevent freezer burn.