Tip of the Day

"Use the water of boiled vegetables for gravy,doing so you get more flavour and you don't lose the nutrients which otherwise drain off with water.."

*Five Layered Vegetable Lasagna

When I was in India,my hubby always used to tell me about Lasagna and variety of other recipes he used to eat here( US ) and I used to wonder what are these recipes ,because there in India I had never heard of those names. Its that when I came to US,I got the opportunity to get acquainted with so many wonderful and tasty recipes belonging to different cuisines of he world. Each and every cuisine has its own uniqueness and aesthetics.

Today's recipe belongs to the Italian cuisine...........Lasagna!!!!

Five Layered Vegetable Lasagna

This is my hubby's favourite. He used to have it at Fazoli's,Italian fast food restaurant. Sometime back they stopped making veggie lasagna there.I know how much he likes Lasagna....so I thought of trying it at home for him and it turned out well. Now I make it regularly....and it gets better and better everytime. Now along with my hubby I am also a very big fan of this wonderful Italian recipe.

Check this out......An interesting description of Lasagna I came across on the net:

"With frills at the edge of her skirts, filled with fabulous fillings and topped with tasty parmigiana cheese, Lasagna is the luscious lady of the pasta world. She can have a variety of delicious fillings and toppings, both vegetarian and meat and can be topped with a wide selection of charming cheeses.

Always soft and juicy on the tongue, a blend of vegetables , sweet tomato, and sharp cheeses, the memories of a wonderful lasagna last for far longer than just the moment of eating. There is something basic and essential about preparing the ingredients, constructing the dish and finally taking the masterpiece from the oven the bubbling cheese on top sending its divine aroma wafting around."
by Margaret E. Walker)

This description of Lasagna itself is so mouth-watering,think about the actual Lasagna.So lets get started...

  • 8 oz.(~ 10 in no.) Oven-ready Lasagna noodles
  • Marinara sauce 1 lb. bottle or homemade
  • Part skimmed Italian blend cheese 1 cup
* For Vegetable filling
  • Part skimmed Ricotta cheese 1/4 th cup
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Chopped black olives 1 can (4.5oz)
  • Chopped canned mushrooms 1 cup
  • Fresh Broccoli 3/4th pound (finely chopped)
  • Green ball pepper/Capsicum 1 (finely chopped)
  • Spinach 10-12 leaves (stemmed and finely chopped)
  • Salt 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic and herb seasoning blend 1 tbsp (You can use fresh herbs if you have)
  • The choice of vegetable filling and cheese combination can be varied according to your choice.

  • Even though I used oven ready lasagna,I prefer to boil the noodles for about 10-15 mins in water.Put 2 tsps of olive oil,to prevent them sticking together.When they become soft remove,drain and dry them with a tissue.
  • Saute the vegetables in olive oil until they are cooked well. Add ricotta cheese,salt and the herb mix while cooking. Keep aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350° C.

  • Take a 12" x 16" baking pan or lasagna pan. Rub a little oil all over its surface.

  • Spread a layer of marinara sauce in the bottom of the pan and then place 2 layers of lasagna noodles side by side.
* Now follow the procedure simultaneously for both the layers:
  • On top of lasagna noodles ,add a layer of 1/4th marinara sauce and 1/4th Italian cheese mix.
  • Sprinkle 1 tsp herbs over the top.

  • Add layer of noodles. Top each noodle with 1/4th vegetable filling and a little Italian cheese mix.
  • Repeat the process once more.

  • Finish with a layer of noodles, then top with remaining marinara sauce and a thick layer of Italian cheese blend.

  • Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil.Bake at 400°C for 25-30 mins minutes until the cheese melts or a knife easily passes through the lasagne. Remove the foil and broil for 10 minutes, or until the top is browned. Be careful while removing the foil.
  • Tasty Lasagne is now ready.

  • Remove lasagna from the oven (take care while removing the pan) and let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Serves 4-6


Shubha Ravikoti said...

Nice recipe

Mona said...

You have a wonderful blog with some very good recipes! The lasagna looks healthy and delicious. Am sure gonna try it. Thnx for sharing the recipe!


TS said...

looks really nice! i bet it was tasty.


Blanche said...

Loved the lasagna recipe.Thanks for sharing.

Pallavi Jindam said...

Very nice recipes,i was searching for lasagna recipe,its great, & the mother day special its good yaar, keep up the good work.

bhags said...

the lasagna recipe looks so perfect ad delish...way to go

Cham said...

The lasagna looks so delish Isha, I love the straw and mango recipe, it is real treat :) U ve a lovely blog.

Kunal said...

Good One !!!

Kalai said...

Love lasagna and this is a great recipe! Thanks for sharing! :)

ranji said...

awesome hetal!!!even i love lasagna..i make it using eggplant and zucchini..ur veggie combination looks delicious!!:)

sowmya said...

nice recipe...looks yummy..

Divya Vikram said...

love lasagna..havent tried it at home..looks too delicious..nice wordings portraying lasagna as a lady

Uma said...

lovely lasagna. My most fav. Same pinch..we both have the same blog templates. You have a lovely blog.

Jayashree said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your comments. You do have a nice blog with lots of interesting recipes....

Vandy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Hetal! You have a great blog here. Love all the recipes and pictures!

Madhuram said...

Very nice Hetal. I've not tried lasagna's at home. You have really inspired me to try it.

Anonymous said...

hey....this looks lovely hetal....and thanks for coming over to escapades!!