Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Veg*n Lasagna even Garfield would love!


Oh, yumminess comfort food :)

Veg*n Lasagna
Serves 12!

olive oil
1 chopped onion
3 cloves chopped garlic (we always use more)
1 cup chopped tomatoes
2 cups chopped fresh seasonal (local) vegetables
1 jar or can of tomato paste
1 jar of tomato sauce (homemade if you got it!)
1 - 2 cups TVP, depending on how thick you you like your sauce
2 boxes of organic whole wheat lasagna noodles (I used Hodgson Mill's)
2 containers of extra firm tofu, pressed and drained
1 - 2 handfuls of chopped fresh garden herbs (this time, I used basil, chives, cilantro, rosemary)
2 packages of shredded veggie cheese (mozzarella and/or cheddar)
salt
pepper

Sauce:
Chop and saute onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil, until onions are translucent and soft. Add veggies and stir fry/steam until soft (about 10 minutes). Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste and TVP. Lightly simmer, covered, about 10 to 30 minutes, adding water as needed.

Noodles:
Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. I usually cook them about 3 or 4 minutes less than the box instructions so they they hold up better while baking.

Filling:
Combine tofu with fresh herbs, one package of shredded cheese and salt and pepper to taste. I use my hands to smoosh everything together. I suppose you could use a food processor, but that'll just leave you with more dishes to wash :) Add salt and pepper to taste.

Assembly:
Place a layer of noodles in the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish, add one-third of the sauce, another layer of noodles, then half of the cheese mixture. Repeat. Finish with a layer of noodles and sauce on top.

Here, you can either refrigerate or freeze for future use (or for giving to the neighbors who just had a baby/surgery/breakdown), or bake it for immediate consumption :)

Bake:
Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Uncover, spread remaining package of shredded cheese on top of lasagna and bake until melted (5 to 10 minutes).

8 comments:

Vicki said...

luscious looking lasagna! you get lots of extra points for fresh local veggies, homemade sauce, & garden herbs. would you believe me if i said i just had a baby? no? ok, then. how about my car broke down on the way to surgery? could you bring some of that over??

frekur said...

damn that looks tasty.

Emmy said...

That looks delish :)

Nikki said...

I second the tasty verdict!

wheresmymind said...

Like Garfield, I so wanna chow that right now!!

Jenn said...

it does look yummy and it smelled wonderful the last time you made it, wish you didn't have to give that one away.

- butcha ya know... my italian side is really thinking --where's the meataballs n sausage! ;)

Tim Rice said...

Sounds delicious! But I think I'm too lazy to make it. ;)

funwithyourfood said...

hahah GARFIELD
I loved reading those when I was young

teddy