Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vegetable Lasagna

Recipe seems to be long, but trust me it is very easy to cook and do not take much of your time. 

Preparing the red sauce : 

Ingredients :
  • Fresh tomatoes - 6-7 large tomatoes, blanch and chop
  • Dried italian herbs : 2 tsps
  • Dried Basil leaves - 2 tsps
  • Dried oregano leaves - 2 tsps
  • Chili flakes : 1 tsp (adjust as per the taste)
  • Salt : 1 tsp (as per the taste)
  • Sugar : 1 tbsp
  • Black pepper : 1/2 tsp
  • Olive oil : 1 tbsp

Method :

Heat oil in a pan,  add tomatoes and all the other spices and herbs including sugar. Simmer it for 10-15 minutes or unless it becomes a little thick.

Preparing the white sauce :

Ingredients :
  • Butter : 1 tbsp
  • All purpose flour/Plain flour/Maida : 1 tbsp
  • Milk : 1 cup
  • Olive oil : 1 tsp
  • Salt : 1 tsp (as per the taste)
  • Black pepper : 1 tsp
  • Cheese : 1/2 cup (I used cheddar, you can use any)
  • Italian herbs : 1 tsp
Method :

Heat oil and butter in a pan, add flour and roast it unless you get a nice aroma and a little golden colour. Slowly add in the milk and continuously whisk it, so that no lumps are formed. Once nicely mixed, boil it. As soon as it starts thickening up add in the cheese, pepper, salt and herbs.
If you get lumps in your sauce, no need to worry just pass it through a sieve and it will be fine. Cook it unless you get a desired consistency. 
Make sure you don't thick it up a lot, as it has a tendency to get more thicken up once cooled.

Roasting the vegetables :

Ingredients :
  • Spinach : 2 cups
  • Bell peppers : 1 cup (I used Green, orange, Red and Yellow)
  • Broccoli : 1/2 cup
  • Chili flakes : 1 tsp (adjust as per the taste)
  • Dried basil : 1 tsp (You can use fresh even)
  • Salt : as per the taste
  • Oil - 1 tbsp

Method :

Heat oil in a pan, add in the veggies - spinach, bell peppers and broccoli.  Also add in the chili flakes, basil and salt. Mix everything and let it cook unless all the moisture dries out. 

Layering :
  • Ingredients :
  • Both the prepared sauces
  • Roasted Veggies
  • Lasagna sheets: I used Lasagna Sheets, boil them for around 10-15 minutes and then dried on the kitchen paper towel before using it.
  • Cheese: 250 gms of cheddar cheese and 150 gms of mozzarella (Adjust the quantity) I added cheese on the top and not in middle. Depends if you want to add and make it more cheesy. 


For layering, take a pan and grease with some oil (I used porcelain 9"x 6" dish, you can use cake tin also)
Pour in a little red sauce and spread, then layer the lasagna sheets tightly. 
Spread some roasted veggies and spread. Then pour in some white sauce and again spread. Repeat the layering process thrice.  Then sprinkle cheese, little of basil leaves and sliced tomatoes as shown in the picture. It is completely optional. 

Baking :

Once done with the layering, cover the pan with an aluminum foil and bake it in a preheated oven at 375°F for first 20 minutes, then take out the aluminum foil and again bake for 15 minutes. If you want your cheese to be a little brown just broil it for 1 minute at 400°F (Pleas e don't move away during broiling)

Once done, let it cool for 15 minutes and then cut a slice and Enjoy!

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