This veggie lasagne is actually amazing. It has very high protein so great for all you fitness addicts. I love making a massive one of these on a Sunday and I just split it up into containers when its cooked and put them in the freezer, so easy to just take to work for my lunch and microwave through the week. Let me know what you think if you try it!
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 Pack of fresh Lasagne Pasta Sheets
1 Pint of Skim Ricotta Cheese
½ Pint of Crème Fraiche
1 Chopped Onion
2 Minced Garlic Clove
4 Ounces of Mozzarella OR a small block of Cheddar cheese
2 16 Ounce Tins of Black Beans
2 Teaspoons of Dried Oregano
1 Teaspoon of Dried Rosemary
1 Teaspoon of Dried Thyme
1 Can of Tomato Passata
6 Chopped Tomatoes
Pre Heat oven to 170 degrees.
In a large bowl, blend the egg, ricotta cheese and crème fraiche and then put to one side.
Sauté the chopped onion, and garlic in Olive Oil in a large skillet until ready.
Mash up one can of the black beans in a bowl and add them into the skillet, then add in the other can of whole black beans, the chopped tomatoes and the tomato passata.
Add to the skillet your oregano, rosemary and thyme and simmer until heated through.
Spread over the base of a large baking dish a layer of the black bean mixture, then carefully spoon on top a layer of the ricotta mixture & top with pasta sheets. Repeat this step 2 more times.
Cover the top final layer of pasta sheets with mozzarella or cheddar cheese, make sure you completely cover the sheets or they will go hard when in the oven.
Bake in oven for around 45 minutes, leave to stand for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Now if your not a vegetarian you can just use mince instead of black beans in the mixture.
If you are vegetarian you could still substitute the black beans for Quorn mince which is actually so nice. I try not to eat a lot of Quorn myself only on rare occasion and that’s why I have the black beans, but I know especially for new vegetarians one of the hardest things about the change is not having that texture your used to from having meat in your food. So Quorn mince is a great option if this is you.
Now I normally wouldn’t eat pasta but I do make an exception when I fancy a lasagne. If you are very strict and won’t have pasta sheets, I have once substituted the pasta sheets for sliced eggplant and it actually turned out very nice – I do much prefer the pasta though.