This vegetable lasagna is flavorful, hearty and perfect for a weeknight meal where the veggies are already included!
How Do You make Vegetable Lasagna
The biggest different in making a traditional meat lasagna versus a vegetable lasagna is just cooking the meat vs. sauteing veggies. Start by dicing your veggies and saute until tender. This step is important, because they likely won’t cook to a texture that is expected in a lasagna if you don’t saute them first. We like to then add the marinara sauce to the veggies and let the flavors combine in the saute pan for a few minutes.
The rest is just like lasagna clockwork. We prefer cottage cheese to ricotta, especially in this vegetable lasagna recipe because cottage cheese has a lot more protein and flavor than ricotta does. Also, if you are in a hurry, use no boil noodles. You can just layer them right in with your mixtures instead of having to get out another pan!
What Vegetables Are Good In Lasagna?
Lasagna is more of an Italian style dish, and so we like to use vegetables that go well with that style of cooking. Really, you can throw most vegetables in a lasagna and so it does come down to preference. Some of our favorites are:
- bell pepper (red is really pretty)
- zucchini (or yellow squash)
- diced tomatoes
The flavors and textures of the vegetables can change the overall taste profile of the vegetable lasagna. This is actually a good thing, because if your kids don’t like it the first time you make it, switch up the veggies and make it again!
Can I Freeze Vegetable Lasagna?
Freezing homemade lasagna is a great way to have an already made meal on hand that just needs baking. You can freeze lasagna already baked or unbaked, but either way you will need to thaw it out at least overnight before it will be ready to cook it the night you want to eat it. We have a couple of tips if you are planning on making vegetable lasagna to freeze:
- Assemble the lasagna in a dish that can be frozen. Most glass and ceramic dishes are good for freezing.
- If you want to freeze the lasagna after it has been baked, let it cool to room temperature. The texture can get weird if you freeze it right out of the oven.
- Make sure you cover the lasagna with an airtight wrap and don’t leave any gaps. This helps prevent your lasagna from drying out or getting freezer burn.
- Before you bake your lasagna, remove the plastic wrap and cover the top with foil. This keeps the top layer of cheese from getting too brown with the rest of the lasagna cooks.
- Give it plenty of bake time before you are ready to eat, just in case it takes longer than you were expecting.