Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Vegetarian Lasagna with Goat Cheese and Roasted Vegetables

We are a meat-eating family, and proud of it! But ever since my husband was diagnosed with high cholesterol (high is a very generous term, I believe his doctor actually said "WTF do you eat???" when he saw hubs's number) I've been trying to incorporate more vegetarian meals into my repertoire.

A friend on the twitter @TNy_Photography asked me the other day if I had a vegetarian lasgana recipe, and as luck would have it, rolling around in my head I did! when I had heard that my cholesterol pill-popping husband had 4 gigantic hot dogs for lunch at work the other day I knew it was a good time to serve him some veggies and make this lasgana.

You can make this lasagna the traditional way by just alternating layers of noodles and cheese and veggies, but I think the rolls look pretty and are better for portion control as you can see exactly what you're getting. They also don't take that much more time to make than the layering method and they hold together very well.

Start out by laying out your cooked to slightly under al denté noodles.
Sorry about the picture, the lighting over my island is okay for cooking, not so much for picture taking.

Blend the goat cheese and ricotta together and spread out over the noodles
stopping short 2" from one end.

Purée 1/2 your roasted veggies and add to the jarred marinara. Spoon about 2 tbsp of the sauce over the cheese and then top with roasted veggies.

Stand back and admire how amazing this looks, Seriously. I'm dying here.

Roll up the noodles towards the end you left the gap.

Place the seam side down and voilà! A lasagna roll!

Spread a bit of the sauce over the bottom of a dish and arrange the rolls seam side down in the pan.

Top with some more sauce and the shredded mozzarella, and bake at 350˚F for 30 minutes.

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 Vegetarian Lasagna with Goat Cheese and Roasted Vegetables

1 onion, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 yellow zucchini (summer squash), diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 c mushrooms, diced
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp oregano
salt and pepper
12 lasgana noodles
1 jar of your favourite marinara (or your own homemade)
4 oz herbed goat cheese (plain goat cheese works too)
1 c ricotta cheese
2 c mozzarella, shredded


1. Toss your diced onions, peppers, zucchinis, and mushrooms with the olive oil, oregano and a bit of salt and pepper and spread out onto a cookie sheet. Roast at 450˚F for about 15-20 minutes or until nice and soft.
2. In the meantime, boil your lasagna noodles in salted water until just slightly under done from al denté (they will continue to cook in the oven). Drain and rinse and allow to cool slightly.
3. Bring your goat cheese and ricotta to room temperature and blend together with a spatula or hand mixer.
4. Remove your veggies from the oven and purée half of them until almost smooth. Add the puréed mixture to the jarred marinara and mix well to combine.
5. Lay out your cooked noodles and spread about 2 tbsp of the goat cheese/ricotta mixture over top leaving about 2" uncovered at one end.
6. Spoon about 2 tbsp pf the purée/marinara mixture over the cheese and top with some of the roasted veggies.
7. Roll the noodled up towards the end with the gap.
8. Spread some of the sauce over the bottom of a casserole or lasagna dish and arrange the lasagna rolls seam side down in the dish.
9. Top with the remaining sauce and the mozzarella cheese.
10. Cover with tinfoil and bake at 350˚F for 20 minutes. Remove the tinfoil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve!

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  1. OMG! My mouth is watering! I can not wait to make this on Thursday! And look at the photos, thanks for posting it, I love seeing pictures!

  2. I made this, just came out of the oven.Daughter approved she is 7 and does not eat mushrooms and zucchini and she loved it.It was 3 pm when it came out of the oven,Mm.....so tasty, DD was begging me for seconds and I am NOT kidding! I gave DH a test bite as well and he liked it, and he does not eat zucchini or mushrooms either.I told DD what vegetables were in it and she said:" you tricked me mommy" and asked for some more. :) My kitchen is a huge mess but it was all worth it! Thanks!

  3. Hmmm this recipe looks so delicious and nice and i think that fits perfect with my taste and in my opinion is a very easy recipe, so i think i will try it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This looks great!

  5. Who knew lasagna could be so beautiful in progress and ready to eat? Your photography captures it really well too. Yum!

  6. I love lasagna rolls. These look very good.

  7. I made this earlier today and it was DELICIOUS! So glad I tried out this recipe, I'm adding this to my recipe rotation.

  8. Awesome! Glad you liked it!