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Almost Vegan Lasagna

Cuisine: Italian
Type: Pasta
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 cup 237mlGreen lentils - washed
2 tablespoons 30mlOlive oil
1 tablespoon 15mlOnion - diced (large)
1 tablespoon 15mlCarrot - thinly sliced (medium)
1 1/2 cups 355mlMushrooms - sliced
2   Garlic cloves - chopped
2 cups 125g / 4.4ozTomatoes - diced
2 tablespoons 30mlTomato paste
1 tablespoon 15mlParsley
1 teaspoon 5mlOregano
1 teaspoon 5mlMarjoram
1 teaspoon 5mlSoy sauce
  Salt and pepper to taste
  Lasagna strips - enough for 3 layers
  Bechamel sauce
3 1/2 cups 829mlWater
1/2 cup 118mlCashews
1 teaspoon 5mlSalt
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlWhite pepper
1   Bay leaf
1   D nutmeg
1/4 cup 59mlVegetable oil
1/2 cup 31g / 1.1ozAll-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups 219g / 7.7ozMozzarella style soy cheese

Recipe Instructions

Rinse lentils and cook for about 25 minutes until soft. Drain, reserving the stock.

Heat oil in a large skillet and sauteeonions for 3 minutes. Add carrots, garlic and mushrooms and continue to sauteefor 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Add cooked lentils, tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs and soy sauce. Add a little of the reserved stock if mixture is too dry. Cover and cook for 20 minutes to ensure that the flavours are well blended.

Meanwhile cook enough lasagna strips to make 3 layers. Cook only till al dente.

BÉCHAMEL SAUCE: Combine the water, cashews, salt, pepper and nutmeg in the blender and blend till smooth. Make the roux by heating the oil in a pot and stirring in the flour when hot. Slowly add the cashew milk, add the bay leaf and bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly. When boiling, reduce heat to very low and simmer for about 1 minute or until the sauce starts to thicken. Set aside. Remove bay leaf before using. Oil a casserole dish. Put a layer of lasagna in the bottom and layer with the lentil mixture followed by the bechamel sauce.

Repeat, ending with a layer of bechamel. Top with shredded soy cheese if desired. Bake at 350F for 35 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

In the Kitchen with Rosie


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