Tuesday, July 24, 2012

cooking by instinct :: vegetarian lasagne

There are a couple of recipes in my repertoire that I just cook by instinct. There is no recipe. They are dependable meals at times when I’m scraping around for ingredients, needing to create a meal using pantry and freezer staples.

One of my favourites is vegetarian lasagne. I’ve been cooking this particular meal since I was a teenager living at my parents’ home, it has been with me as uni student, a professional and now as a mother. It’s a stayer.


Step 1

Saute the onion and garlic in a large pan. Add two cans of bean mix and two cans of diced tomatoes.

Step 2
Thaw two packs of frozen spinach.

Step 3
Tear herbs adding them to a simmering sauce.

Step 4
Reduce sauce (simmer for ten minutes or so) & then set to the side.

Step 5
Press out moisture from spinach.

Step 6
Melt some butter and throw in some flour. (Sorry I just guestimate my quantities). Stir.

Step 7
SLOWLY add the milk stirring continuously over a low(ish) heat.

Step 8
Add enough milk that the mix is runny and milk-like. Do NOT stop stirring.

Step 9
Bring to the boil and remove from the heat. Sauce should have started to thicken. Keep stirring for a bit. Stir in loads of cheese. Sauce complete.

Step 10
Grease lasagne dish. Then add lasagne noodle, bean sauce, noodle, spinach, noodle, white cheesey sauce, sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30min around 200C.

Dinner is served.


  1. Love simple recipes! This one is just my style - thanks Sally! :) Kx

  2. delicious!! you cook just the way I do: dashes, splashes and guesses!

  3. that looks yum, i love your instinctual cooking. i usually make lasagne grilled veggie style these days, but i like your beannie take on a bolognese sauce. will have to have a go :)

  4. Simple and delicious! I rarely refer to recipes when I cook and am notorious for not measuring too :)

  5. Yummo! I wonder if I could get my husband to eat it??? He has 'issues' with meat free dinners! God forbid I secretlly try to turn him into a vegetarian!!!

  6. I make a similar thing but without the beans (and usually make a bean salad to go with it) - am definitely going to try the beans now! Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. This looks great Sal, I've been looking for a good veg lasagne, most have too much precooking of pumpkin and the like for me, I will definitely give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.


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