I always love a good lasagna recipe. This one is a delicious vegetarian version. It is loaded with tons of fresh veggies roasted til they caramelize producing such a vibrant taste. The roasted veggies paired with the creamy Bechemel and cheese give this lasagna incredible flavor. This is a great dish to make ahead, you can freeze or store in your fridge a day before you cook it. We served ours with a salad and crusty bread and it was a homerun dinner.
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adapted via The Italian DishIngredients:
for the bechamel:
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 4 cups milk
- some grated nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
- 1 chicken bouillion cube (amount that you would dissolve in 1 cup water)
- Vegetables to roast : I used two small zucchinis, two small squash, 1 small head of broccoli, shredded carrots, diced onion, 3 garlic cloves minced
- Shredded fresh spinach about 2 cups
- Lasagna noodles for one 13x9 inch baking pan
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
In a medium sized saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for just a minute or so. Slowly add the milk and keep whisking. Add the nutmeg, white pepper and bouillion cube and whisk. Cook for a few minutes, whisking, until the bechamel has thickened slightly. Set aside to cool. Stir it once in a while so a skin doesn't form.
For the vegetables:
Chop vegetables uniformly. Mince garlic. Combine the mixed vegetables on a large baking sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for about 30-40 minutes at 400 degrees. Stir them about halfway thru. I like my veggies slightly carmelized if you don't just roast for a shorter amount of time. Set aside to cool slightly.
Cook lasagna noodles for 5 minutes, until soft. Shock in a bowl of ice water, lay on towels to dry.
Spray a 13x9 baking pan with a little cooking spray. Spoon some bechamel thinly on the bottom of the pan. Start with a layer of noodles, a layer of bechamel, some vegetables, shredded spinach, and then a layer of a little parmesan and mozzarella. Repeat layers until you have 3 layers of noodles. On top of the last layer, don't use any vegetables, just some bechamel and the remaining cheeses. Cover tightly with foil.
Bake for 50 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Remove foil. Bake for a little longer until top is slightly golden. Let sit for about 15 minutes before slicing.