This vegan lasagne has so much rustic charm it’s unreal.
The ragu sauce is deliciously decadent and has a wonderful depth of flavour.
Then there’s the béchamel sauce. It’s satisfyingly creamy and slightly aromatic from the nutmeg, and we combine it with melty vegan cheese for the top layer.
Genuinely, this has to be one of the most enjoyable home-cooked meals we’ve ever developed.
This is also a very ‘meaty’ lasagne.
Or at least as meaty as you’ll get while still being vegan!
The minced mushrooms (we use closed cup mushrooms but you can use any variety you like) and lentils form the bulk of the dish.
Then the miso paste delivers all of that incredible umami flavour.
Try to find unpasteurised miso paste if you can. It’s far better balanced compared to cheaper alternatives.
Alternatively you can sub miso paste for soy sauce, although it won’t be quite as ‘rich’.
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Hope you enjoy,
Roxy & Ben
For the ragu:
- 2 red onions
- 4 garlic cloves
- 3 carrots
- 1 tbsp vegan margarine
- 500g / 17.6oz mushrooms
- 1 x 400g / 14.1oz tinned brown lentils
- 2 x 400g / 14.1oz tinned chopped tomatoes
- 250ml / 8.4 fl.oz red wine
- 3 tbsp miso paste (we use brown-rice miso paste)
- 3 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
- 1 tbsp oregano
For the béchamel:
- 100g / 3.5oz vegan margarine
- 120g / 4.2oz plain flour
- 800ml / 27 fl.oz oat milk
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 150g / 5.3oz grated vegan cheese
9-12 lasagne sheets
- Peel and dice the red onion and garlic, and roughly chop the carrot.
- Add 1 tbsp of vegan margarine to a large saucepan on a medium heat. As soon as it has melted, add the red onion, garlic and carrot, and fry for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Slice the mushrooms in half and add them to a food processor. Pulse a dozen or so times until the mushrooms have turned into a mince-like texture. Alternatively chop the mushrooms into small pieces. Transfer the mushrooms to the saucepan and fry for 20 minutes or until there’s almost no moisture left.
- Drain and rinse the lentils under cold water. Then add them to the saucepan along with the remaining ragu ingredients, including a generous pinch of pepper. Leave to simmer on a low-medium heat for 20 minutes. When the ragu is ready, give it a final taste and season with extra salt, if necessary (though the miso paste might already make the sauce salty enough).
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / 356°F fan-assisted.
- When the ragu has 5 minutes or so left, start preparing the béchamel sauce. Start by adding the vegan margarine to a large frying pan on a medium heat. As soon as it has melted, add the flour and use a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients together into a rough paste. Give the paste a few minutes on its own in the pan to cook the flour, then start adding the oat milk in stages, using a whisk to mix until it turns into a smooth sauce. Season with salt and pepper, then add the apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, onion powder, and nutmeg. Give the sauce a good stir with a whisk and leave it on the heat until it begins to thicken. The sauce should be creamy and still slightly runny.
- Now you’re ready to start assembling the lasagne! Start by adding a layer of the ragu along the bottom of a deep oven dish (just enough to cover the base), then add enough lasagne sheets to cover the ragu, making sure they don’t overlap. Depending on the size and shape of the dish, we’ll usually snap lasagne sheets into pieces to fill any gaps. Then add roughly 1/3 of the béchamel sauce, just enough to cover the lasagne sheets, followed by half of the remaining ragu. Top again with lasagne sheets, followed by another 1/3 of the béchamel sauce, then add the remaining ragu.
- Next add the vegan cheese to the remaining béchamel sauce and stir it through for a couple of minutes over a low-medium heat. When you’re ready, add the final layer of lasagne sheets, then top with the cheesy béchamel sauce.
- Cook for 45-50 minutes in the oven until the cheesy sauce is burnt around the edges and the sauce is bubbling through.
- Leave the lasagne to sit for 10-15 minutes before serving. Then slice and be prepared to eat the most delicious vegan lasagne evvvvvver.
Could I substitute the red wine for vegetable broth?
Hey Amy! You’ll need to sub it with something acidic, like balsamic vinegar. You should only need a tbsp or so. Maybe add 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar and adjust to taste. Hope that helps!
Made this last night and it was absolutely delicious – possibly the best lasagne i have ever eaten. I didn’t use any vegan cheese and it still tasted amazing! Thanks so much for all your amazing recipes!
Ah that’s amazing! Thank you Nadine so glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Wow, my boyfriend and I were amazed how tasty this was!! I skipped the cheese and added nutritional yeast insead (literally put this thing on everything).
Will definitely bake this lasagne again, incredibly rich flavours!!
Thank you guys,
All the love from Germany xxx
Thank you so much Antonia! So chuffed that you and your boyfriend enjoyed the lasagne 🙂
Hi guys, I made this last night and it was a major hit – the best lasagna I’ve ever made. Thank you so much!
Just a quick question though – what vegan cheese do you tend to use? Lu xxx
Wow thank you so much Lu! For this recipe we used the grated Violife cheese.
The ragu for this lasagne was absolutely INCREDIBLY, in the opinion of my family it beat its meaty competitor. The only thing that wasn’t to my taste was the bechamel, I didn’t love it so kept adding more vinegar which ended up spoiling it. I remade using a trusty favourite white sauce instead, using almond milk instead of oat, nooch instead of vegan cheese and skipped the vinegar and mustard.
Overall though, REALLY glad I found this recipe and my family are all dying for me to send it to them.
Thank you Sarah!
Made this tonight – what an absolute banger!! Best lasagne I’ve ever eaten
Amazing! So enjoyed making and eating this!
Absolutely mind-blowing dish! So tasty and possibly the best lasagna I’ve ever tasted. The depth of flavour is amazing and you would never believe this was plant based. I’m not vegan but I’m making an effort to incorporate more plant based dishes into my diet and this is definitely one I’ll be making regularly. Thanks
Ah thank you so much Lisa. Really glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Im not vegan but I am looking for more plant-based recipes that fit my pallet and wow, am I glad I found you! This was amazing and kid-friendly. Had to substitute a few things though, such as the wine, but overal very satisfying. Really looking forward trying other recipes! Thanks a bunch!
Thank you so much Sousou!
This was epic…..made it tonight and the Mrs (meat eater) had three servings and added it was one of the faves…..
Hi! Want to make this tomorrow night but had a question: are you using an oven ready lasagna noodles or regular uncooked noodles? I only have regular lasagna noodles and not oven ready ones so I wasn’t sure if I needed to boil my noodles first. Thanks so much!
I’d love to make this for my family for dinner but one of them can’t eat lentils… I really want to try this though.. is there any way I could maybe substitute this with another type of legume or vegan meat, etc.? I’m new to cooking so I thought I’d better ask before trying! Thanks so much in advance!
This lasagne recipe is incredible, I’ve just made it for the second time. Silly question, if I am rehearing it in the oven, how long should I reheat it for?
Traditional lasagne you reheat for approx 30 minutes but wanted to check if it’s different since there isn’t any meat?