This lentil lasagne, in my opinion, is BETTER than a meaty version! The textures are perfect, there is lots of lovely fresh veg, and the flavours are so vibrant that it makes for a brilliant sharing dish in the centre of the table. At just £1 a portion its a brilliant way to impress family and friends!
Give it a go and let me know what you think of this veggie alternative to an Italian classic!
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Tin of Lentils
Half a Courgette
3 or 4 Mushrooms
Half a pepper
1 Tin of Tomatoes
Tablespoon of Tomato Puree
Handful of Spinach
Half a bottl of red wine (optional!)
Handful of basil (optional)
Salt and pepper to season
White Sauce (Jar or home-made, your choice!)
Grated cheddar to top (optional)
First of all preheat your oven to gas mark 6 and find a large rectangle dish in which to make your lasagne.
Chop your large white onion finely, and fry in a pan with some garlic. When the onion begins to soften add the lentils and half a bottle of red wine (if you're using it).
The lentils and onions will absorb all of the flavours of the garlic and wine.
Grate your carrot into the pan and allow to take on the flavours of the dish so far before adding the tomato puree and tinned tomatoes.
Next add the rest of the vegetables (except the spinach) and allow to simmer for at least 10 mins! Add the spinach (and basil if you have any) and allow to simmer as you prepare the dish.
First you need to make a layer of the tomato based sauce on the bottom of the dish. Then cover with a layer of lasagna sheets.
Next it is a layer of bechamel sauce. I try to make this myself when I'm cooking a special meal (find a basic cheese sauce here: http://kitchengoddessintraining.blogspot.com/p/tips-for-beginners.html) but the Dolmio jar really is very good! Pour this all over the lasagne sheets before topping with even more lasagne sheets!
Repeat this red sauce/lasagne/white sauce/lasagne pattern until you have filled your dish!
When you have topped the last layer of white sauce with lasagna sheets, cover in greated cheese! This will make sure you lasagne has a lovely crispy yet gooey cheesey top! Heavenly!!! (Though you can omit this step if you want it healthy-ish)
The dish will take 25mins in the pre-heated oven, and it will then be ready to serve!
I like to serve the dish with a green salad, and maybe some garlic bread.
This recipe is enough to serve 4 large portions (so we skipped on the side dishes this once!)
Pricing (based on Asda's own brand unless otherwise specified)
Onion 20p, Garlic 5p, Lentils 47p, Tomato Puree 6p, Tinned Tomatoes 33p, Carrot 10p, Courgette 21p, Mushrooms 25p, Pepper 22p, White sauce (Dolmio) £1.90, Lasagne sheets 23p
Total (4 portions) = £4.02
Per portion - £1!