Warm the house up with this delicious vegetarian lasagne by Richard Kerrigan. This is packed full of vegetables and easily freezable, this dish is great to prepare in advance ready for when you need a wholesome meal full of flavour.
4 vine tomatoes, roughly chopped
400g tinned chopped tomatoes
1 tbs tomato puree
8 lasagne sheets
1 white onion, finely diced
1 large carrot, finely diced
2 celery sticks, finely diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
2-3 cups almond milk
1 1/2 tbs coconut oil
2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 heaped tsp Dijon mustard
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 bag of rocket salad
Salt and pepper
1. Pre heat the oven to 200°C
2. Slice the pumpkin and eggplant into 1 cm thick pieces. Lay a piece of baking paper onto a large oven tray then lay the veg on top. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, cumin and coriander powder. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
3. To make the tomato sauce, start by pan frying the onion, garlic, carrot and celery until soft and golden brown.
4. Add the tomato puree and stir for a minute or two. Add the tinned and vine tomatoes and bring to the boil. Once boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Once cooked use a stick blender and pulse the sauce for 2-3 minutes.
5. To make the white sauce, gently heat the almond milk in a pan. In a separate pan, heat the coconut oil and add the wholemeal flour. Stir with a whisk until you get a sandy texture. Cook this on the stove for about 2-3 minutes ensuring it doesn’t stick. Slowly add the hot almond milk to the flour mixture, continuously stirring. Cook the sauce for another 5 minutes. The consistency you are looking for is a thick gravy. If you need to add a little more milk at this point then do so. Finish by seasoning with salt, pepper and Dijon mustard.
6. Once the veg is cooked, start to build your lasagne. To do this lay some pumpkin on the bottom of a large roasting dish then spoon 2-3 tablespoons of tomato sauce over the top.
7. Add a layer of eggplant followed by a layer of lasagne sheets and finally a layer of white sauce. Repeat these layers until you get to the top of the dish or run out of ingredients. Finish the dish with a layer of white sauce and top with breadcrumbs.
8. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes. 5 minutes before the dish is ready switch on the grill to colour the top of the lasange.
9. Serve with a fresh rocket salad with balsamic and olive oil.
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