Vegetarian Lasagna – in the slow cooker

Give a cheer for the slow cooker! This vegetarian lasagna recipe is great for those hectic days when you are driving one child to hockey practice and the other to a music lesson. Leftovers are fabulous the next day; it’s a great big pot of love.

Vegetarian Lasagna picture by Mike McColl

Vegetarian Lasagna
picture by Mike McColl

 

1 can (19 oz/540 mL) mixed beans, well rinsed and drained

2 2/3cups (650 mL) pasta sauce – for the best flavour choose a pasta sauce sold in a glass bottle

2/3 cup (160 mL) canned diced tomatoes

3/4 cup (185 mL) quinoa, rinsed and drained

2 tsp (10 mL) Italian seasoning

1 tsp (5mL) dried oregano leaves

8 uncooked lasagna noodles, preferably 100% whole grain

1 cup (250 mL) sliced white or cremini mushrooms

2 cups (500 mL) cooked chopped spinach leaves, well drained (or 10 oz/300 g frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained)

2 cups (500 mL) fat-free cottage cheese

2 cups (500 mL) grated mozzarella cheese

1.Grease a 6­quart (6 L) slow cooker with canola oil.

 

2.In a medium bowl, combine the mixed beans, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, quinoa (yes, it’s uncooked!), Italian seasoning and oregano. Mix well and set aside.

 

3.Place one layer of noodles on the bottom of the slow cooker, breaking to fit.

 

4.Top with half of the bean–pasta sauce–quinoa mixture.

 

5.Top with half of the mushrooms, and half of the spinach.

 

6.Top with half of the cottage cheese.

 

7.Repeat the layers: noodles, bean–pasta sauce–quinoa mixture, mushrooms and spinach, cottage cheese.

 

8.Top with all of the mozzarella cheese.

 

9.Cover and cook on Low for 5 hours.

 

To serve:

Let sit for 5 minutes, then scoop out servings. Serve with a mixed green salad.

 Makes 10 servings One serving = 1/10 of the lasagna

 Nutrient breakdown per serving: 322 calories, 17 mg cholesterol, 7 g fibre, 3 g saturated fat, 47 g carbohydrates, 22 g protein, 6 g total fat, 579 mg sodium, 7 g sugars

Excellent source of folate, vitamin D and iron.

Recipe from The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook (Whitecap 2012)

Recipe by: my fellow Professional Home Economist  Linda Reasbeck, PHEc

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5 comments on “Vegetarian Lasagna – in the slow cooker
  1. My favourite recipes are always the simple recipes, which means my slow cooker gets a lot of use! This is a fabulous dish that I’ll be testing out soon…Thanks!

    -Shannon

  2. Judi MacDonald says:

    I made this lasagna today and the flavours were awesome. I did, however, find it a little on the dry side. Maybe I should cook it less than 5 hours on low or and more liquid to the sauce. Your thoughts, Mairlyn?

  3. Mairlyn says:

    Hi Judi,
    Check it at four hours, your slow cooker might be less deep than the one we used, or if you want add 1/4 cup more liquid.
    Hope that helps,
    Peace, love and fibre,
    Mairlyn

  4. Mary says:

    Hi Mairlyn,

    I really like the short rib recipe that you creating in your new slow cooker. During the segment on Cityline you mentioned buying a new slow cooker. Would you be so kind as to share the brand of your new cooker, as it looks like the new slow/presser cooker type. I would love to know what you think of the slow/pressure one.

    Enjoy the balance of your evening,

    Mary Anne

  5. Mairlyn says:

    Hi Mary Anne,
    My new slow/pressure cooker is from Breville, and I really like it. Its called the Fast Slow Cooker. Here’s the link
    Peace, love and fibre,
    Mairlyn

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