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Layers of lasagna set on a plate.

Basic + Awesome Vegetarian Lasagna

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 jumbo servings 1x


The very best Vegetarian Lasagna! Walnuts, zucchini, carrots, onions, and mushrooms blitzed up into a meat-like texture that gets layered with lots of cheese and sauce. Cozy + nourishing!



Easy Vegetarian “Bolognese”:

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 12 teaspoons kosher salt + black pepper to taste
  • one 24-ounce jar of your favorite tomato sauce

Creamy Layer:

  • one 8-ounce container mascarpone
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 box uncooked lasagna noodles (about 12 noodles for a 9x13 pan)


  1. Place the mushrooms, walnuts, and zucchini in a food processor. Pulse a few times until the mixture is very finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat this process with garlic, onion, and carrots.
  2. Heat butter or olive oil over medium high heat. Add your chopped veggies along with the spices. Sauté for 7-10 minutes until very soft and fragrant. Add tomato sauce and salt; stir to combine. Taste and adjust! Your seasoning amounts will depend on your brand of sauce.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix mascarpone cheese with grated garlic and salt. 
  4. Start with spreading a layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Then, layer in the following order for each layer: a few noodles, 1 cup sauce, a few dollops of mascarpone, 1/2 cup Parmesan, 1/2 cup mozzarella, and repeat (I usually get 4 layers out of this amount). End with noodles, sauce, cheese, and dollops of extra sauce on top to make it pretty.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove foil and broil for 5 minutes to get the cheese browned on top. Let stand for 10 minutes or so, then cut and serve!


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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