making spinach and aubergine lasagne

December 8, 2009 at 9:00 am 7 comments

Dear regular bloggy friends, here’s the recipe for the spinach and aubergine lasagne I told you about yesterday so feel free to skip this post/put the kettle on/walk the dog/fall asleep…
Quick and easy lasagne sounds a bit more appealing than ‘totally lazy lasagne from leftovers’.  But that’s basically what this is.  I love eating vegetarian lasagnes but can rarely be bothered to create each layer from scratch. Using frozen portions of home made veggie Bolognese and whatever veg is wilting in the fridge means a different tasty combination each time and less chance of getting bored of leftovers. This recipe can be adapted with any number of different vegetables and any tomato based sauce (and yes I have been known to make this with a shop bought sauce when time is really tight).  If you only have enough time to devote to one ‘from scratch’  layer make it the top – there’s nothing like home made Bechamel sauce to finish a lasagne. I used a packet this time and as you can see from the photo it all but disappeared by the time the lasagne had finished baking. 

To make a quick and easy spinach and aubergine lasagne
1 tub of veggie Bolognese (made using 1 onion, 1 red pepper, half a bag of Quorn mince, mushrooms, tin of tomatoes, garlic, vegetable stock, red wine, mixed herbs, aduki beans, puy lentils)
1 aubergine, fried or grilled  before hand
4 large spinach leaves
4 lasagne sheets
1 packet of Bechamel sauce (or make your own white sauce using butter, milk, flour, bay leag or greek yoghurt)
milk
grated parmesan or cheddar
tomato slices (optional)

Method
1.  Pre-heat the oven to 180 C (gas mark 4, 350 F)
2.  Defrost your frozen veggie mince or make it from scratch using ingredients above (sauté onion, mushroom, red pepper and quorn mince.  Add tinned tomatoes, cup of veg stock, splash of red wine (optional) and herbs. Boil lentils and aduki beans for 20 minutes, strain and add to sauce or used tinned pulses. If you’re not keen on pulses try it anyway as they’re a great way of making your ingredients stretch further and they mush down so you’d hardly notice they were there). Turn down the heat and leave to simmer while you get on with the next steps)
3.  Slice your aubergine in circles and shallow fry or grill until brown on both sides.  Turn out onto a plate to cool for layering.
4.  Wash the spinach leaves under the tap and shake off water (pat dry if still a bit soggy). Rip leaves or roughly chop for layering.
5.  Spoon half the veggie Bolognese mix into the bottom of an oven proof dish. Add a layer of spinach and a layer of aubergine then cover with lasagne sheets.
6.  Make your Bechamel sauce as per instructions on the packet (you’ll need milk, a small sauce pan and a whisk) and pour over the lasagne sheets.
7.  Repeat with a second layer of sauces/veg/sheets/sauce
8.  Sprinkle the grated parmesan cheese over the top of the white sauce. If you like oily, gooey melted cheese you can use cheddar – personally I prefer the lighter, crunchier topping that parmesan creates.
9.  Decorate with slices of tomato (optional) or sprinkle with some herbs
10.  Bake for about 30 minutes until the lasagne is bubbling and golden brown on the top.

Serves 2 people with enormous appetites or 4 with salad and vegetable side dishes

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peggy  |  December 8, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I am not vegetarian but I think this looks good, I like the combination of spinach and aubergine. I would like to try using more veg and more unusual veg and this takes my fancy! Congratulations on your voucher win!

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  • 2. Ann  |  December 8, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I really fancy some aubergine, haven’t had any at all this year and this looks a good way to satisfy my craving. Have you ever grown your own aubergines? I found them as easy as peppers to grow.

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  • 3. Cheryl  |  December 8, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Your veggie bolognese sounds delicious – I will have to try to make that. We are Quorn fanatics in this house and I am always looking for more new vegetarian entrees that my boys (and husband) will eat with me.

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  • 4. Anne  |  December 9, 2009 at 8:04 am

    This looks really yummy, and a great way of using up extra veggie bolognaise. I make a lentil version, using just red lentils rather than quorn and celery,carrot,onion, garlic, mushrooms, red pepper if I have it and mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes too for a little extra flavour, one of my favouorite dishes and I always make a big quantity so I’d love to try your lasagne recipe next time.

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  • 5. mo  |  December 9, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    sounds extremely tasty. always love another persons lasagne recipes as it such an amazingly versatile dish

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  • 6. Nip it in the bud  |  December 10, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Peggy – thanks. I love aubergine in lasagne and often layer in the less regular veg. Also makes it a bit chewier which is good for people more accustomed to meet

    Ann – no aubergines this year, blimey. I love aubergines but haven’t tried growing them. I was tempted but advised our climate wasn’t warm enough and that they’d need a greenhouse which I don’t have. So I passed. I had a pepper plant but only got a couple off it so I guess it proved the point.

    Cheryl – my in-laws started using Quorn in their Friday night bolognese when I started dating G all those years ago. They never use meat mince now, even when we’re not visiting, as they find Quorn less fatty.

    Ann – your bolognese sounds delicious – gotta love the versatility of lentils :o) There’s always a meal in the house with spag bol sauce in the freezer!

    Mo – absolutely. I don’t think there’s much you can’t sneak into a lasagne. I sometimes use nettles between the layers for a sneaky mineral rich vegetable addition

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  • 7. Deena Kakaya  |  October 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    This looks so comforting and smooth, my kind of evening meal. It looks like a hot cuddle x

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