Vegetarian Lasagna Bolognese, Mozzarella & Basil

I love this bolognese sauce! It is one of my favorites for either spaghetti, lasagna or even in a grilled cheese sandwich. For this recipe the meat is replaced by chestnut mushrooms. These mushrooms give the sauce a real savory/umami flavor. In that way you can still enjoy a great pasta bolognese, but in a much healthier way!

Lasagna Bolognese

Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Ovendish
  • Cooking pan
  • Kitchen Processor

Ingredients

Lasagne

  • 9 Lasagne Pasta Sheets
  • 1 Mozzarella
  • 7 Cherry Tomatoes
  • Chili Flakes
  • Basil

Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Celery Stick
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 300 gram Chestnut Mushrooms
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Some Thyme
  • 350 ml Passata
  • 150 ml Red Wine
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • 6 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 200 ml Stock like vegetable stock

Bechamel Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 500 ml Milk

Instructions

Preparations

  • Cut the celery, onion and carrots in small cubes. And cut the garlic in slices.
  • Use a food processor with a blade to cut the mushrooms very small. If you don't have a foodprocessor, you can just slice the mushrooms very fine by hand.

The Bolognese Sauce

  • Heat the olive oil in a baking pan, and add the onion, garlic, celery and carrot cubes.
  • When the onion turns glassy, add the mushrooms, thyme and bay leaves.
  • Bake for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are brown. Then add the flour and keep stirring to make sure the flour doesn't burn on the bottom of the pan.
  • After 5 minutes, add the red wine and let the mixture cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Then add the stock and passata, and let the sauce cook for 1 hour on a low heat.

Bechamel Sauce

  • In the meantime you can make the bechamelsauce! Melt the butter in the cooking pan and add the flour. Mix and bake this until it smells like freshly bakes cookies.
  • Then add salt, pepper and the milk. Use a whisk to mix everything and to remove any lumps.
  • Preheat the oven on 390 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius.

The Lasagne

  • Add some bolognese sauce to the oven dish. Top with a layer of pasta sheets. Repeat these steps until you are out of sauce or pasta sheets 😉
  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and tear the mozzarella in smaller pieces.
  • Top with the bechamelsauce, torn mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and some chili flakes. Bake the lasagna for about 45/50 minutes in the preheated oven. Top with basil just before serving!
Course: Dinner, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian

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