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Vegetable Lasagne

This delicious recipe is definitely worthy of sharing. The stand out feature that makes it different from other lasagne recipes is the lemon ricotta to replace béchamel and a tasty tomato sauce full of capers and olives.

Ingredients

Lasagne sheets, fresh or instant
200g mozzarella cheese, or parmesan

SPICY TOMATO SAUCE (Arrabiata)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium size onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 fresh chilli, medium, finely diced
1 C pitted olives
2 tbsp capers, drained
4 C ripe tomatoes, diced (or equivalent)
handful fresh basil
salt & pepper

GRILLED VEGETABLES
use what you have here, such as:
2 zucchini
1 eggplant
1 red capsicum
small wedge pumpkin
handful mushrooms
greens eg. kale, spinach, silverbeet

LEMON RICOTTA
500g fresh ricotta
rind and juice of 1 lemon
small handful basil, sliced
salt and pepper

Method

Step 1)

Make the sauce. This (along with cooking some veggies) can be made ahead of time, possibly even in a large quantity for several different meals). Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add onion, garlic, and chilli and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add olives, capers & fresh tomatoes, and cook a couple minutes more before adding the rest of the ingredients. If you’re out of fresh tomatoes, replace with a couple of tins or small bottles of crushed tomatoes. Cook for 10 minutes, lower the heat and let simmer for a half-hour or more with a lid on.

Step 2)

Grill or bake whichever veggies you have to use – zucchini, eggplant, capsicum, mushrooms, kale, pumpkin etc. Slice evenly and coat them with a little olive oil and salt, lightly roasting them under the grill or in a griddle pan or on a tray in the oven. As a guide, try 1-2 zucchini, 1 eggplant, 1 capsicum and a half bunch of silverbeet or spinach (this doesn’t need roasting) for a medium sized lasagne.

Step 3)

Mix ricotta ingredients together in a bowl.

Step 4)

Preheat the oven to 175°C. Cover the bottom of a baking dish with a thin layer of tomato sauce, then add a layer of lasagna, a layer of lemon-ricotta, then grilled vegetables, fresh greens, then cover with a layer of that delicious tomato sauce. Repeat 2-3 times. Top the last layer with the rest of the vegetables, the tomato sauce, the lemon-ricotta and the grated mozzarella cheese. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes, until crispy golden on top.

Recipe retrieved from :https://www.ceresfairfood.org.au/recipes/