This Vegetable Lasagna is full of flavor and just as satisfying as a meat-based casserole.
Vegetable lasagna has been a challenging dish for me. It has always tasted a little bland to my tastebuds, and I never looked forward to having any leftovers (a true test if you loved your meal). I’ve had a hard time figuring out what the issue was, and since it’s an involved dish that takes a good amount of time to put together and cook, I stopped making it.
I had a light-bulb moment when I read a vegetable lasagna recipe from Cook’s Illustrated (September & October, 2011) that described a way to eliminate some of the water the veggies add to the dish.
BLINK-BLINK… THAT was the problem! The water from the veggies were drowning out the flavors, aka bland, bleh, boring! Not to mention the soupy consistancy when you tried to cut into the lasagna.
Seems silly that I didn’t think of that, but it makes PERFECT sense now!! I made this last weekend and had it in the oven Monday night, and it was so tasty!
I followed every step and ingredient (minus the olives – see note in recipe). Veggies have lots of vitamins and basically zero calories, so I didn’t substitute the full-fat ingredients and health-ify the dish any further. The robust flavors left us satisfied, and wanting leftovers for our lunches!
The no-boil noodles used in this recipe cuts down the cooking time in half, not to mention one less pot to wash 🙂 The original recipes adds 1/2 cup of minced pitted kalamata olives, I didn't have them, so left them out, but I bet they would taste delicious in this casserole. If you decide to add them, divide in half and layer on top of the vegetables when assembling casserole.
No-cook Tomato Sauce
No-cook Cream Sauce
The original recipes adds 1/2 cup of minced pitted kalamata olives, I didn't have them, so left them out, but I bet they would taste delicious in this casserole. If you decide to add them, divide in half and layer on top of the vegetables when assembling casserole.
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