Recipe: Vegan Lasagne – Roasted Squash & Creamy Pesto

Vegan Lasagne with Roasted Butternut Squash and Creamy Pesto - perfect for freezing too! #vegan #plantbased | thevegspace.co.uk

I’ve lamented in previous posts that lasagne can be a bit of a faff to make, and whilst it is one of my top five all-time-favourite meals, I can’t always muster up the energy to make it.  But now and again I have a burst of enthusiasm and make a batch of individual vegan lasagne for the freezer, ready to pop in the oven when I haven’t got the time or inclination to cook.

Here’s a recipe for just that sort of lasagne – this Roasted Squash & Creamy Pesto Vegan Lasagne freezes really well, and is a fun cooking project for a rainy Saturday afternoon, making you 8 individual dinners for cold winter nights to come.

Layers of sweet roasted butternut squash, a creamy (and vegan) pesto béchamel, and roasted cherry tomatoes pack this with flavour between the sheets, and a breadcrumb and pine nut topping give it a lovely crunchy top without the need for cheese.

Vegan Lasagne with Roasted Butternut Squash and Creamy Pesto - perfect for freezing too! #vegan #plantbased | thevegspace.co.uk

Make & Freeze – Vegan Lasagne

These little foil trays are ideal for freezing individual portions.  Make sure you label and date them clearly, (don’t assume you will remember what is in them – having just had a freezer spring clean I wish I had been a bit more diligent on labelling!!).

The lasagne will take about an hour to oven cook from frozen, or 20-25 minutes from fresh/defrosted, (if you’re organised enough to take one out of the freezer one the night before).  Perfect with a crisp green salad and some garlic dough balls!

Roasted Squash & Creamy Pesto Vegan Lasagne

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Vegan Lasagne with Roasted Butternut Squash and Creamy Pesto - perfect for freezing too! #vegan #plantbased | thevegspace.co.uk
'Make & Freeze' Roasted Squash & Creamy Pesto Lasagne (Vegan)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
 

A creamy vegan lasagne with roasted squash, tomatoes and creamy pesto sauce.  Perfect for a crowd-pleasing family meal or portioning up for the freezer.

Course: Freezer
Servings: 8 individual lasagnes
Calories: 635 kcal
Author: Kate Ford | The Veg Space
Ingredients
  • 2 large butternut squash (about 3kg)
  • 800 g cherry tomatoes
  • rapeseed or sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp ready-chopped garlic or garlic purée
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 courgette
  • 50 g dairy-free margarine
  • 5 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 litre dairy-free milk (nut, oat or soya)
  • handful spinach
  • 3 tbsp dairy-free pesto
  • 300 g lasagne sheets (check they are egg-free)
  • 100 g breadcrumbs
  • 8 tbsp pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C / 390°F / gas mark 6.
  2. Halve the squashes, scoop out the seeds, then peel (I use a potato peeler), and chop into chunks. Divide between two large baking trays, drizzle with oil, scatter with salt, pepper and 1 tsp garlic per tray, then toss together until all the pieces are evenly coated, and roast in the oven for 35 minutes until soft.
  3. Meanwhile, halve the cherry tomatoes, place on a third baking tray or roasting tin, drizzle with a little oil and scatter with salt and pepper, and roast for 20 minutes until soft. (If like me you don't have space in your oven for a third tray, you can roast these once the squash is ready).
  4. Whilst the vegetables are roasting, make the creamy pesto sauce. Peel and chop the onions. Heat the margarine in a large saucepan and add the onion. Cook gently for 3-4 minutes until starting to soften. Grate the courgette and add to the saucepan, season with salt and pepper, and continue to cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the courgette has released most of its liquid, and it has bubbled away.
  5. Stir through the flour, then pour in a little of the dairy-free milk and mix well. Cook over a medium heat for 2 minutes, then add the rest of the milk, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer until it becomes a thick, creamy sauce.
  6. Use a hand blender to blitz the sauce until smooth, then add the spinach and blitz again until it is finely chopped through the sauce. (If you don't have a hand blender, just skip this step and finly chop the spinach by hand). Finally, stir through the pesto, then taste, add more salt if required, taste again and keep adjusting until you are happy.
  7. When you are ready to assemble the lasagnes, take the trays of roasted squash, and mash them roughly with a potato masher or fork. They don't need to be smooth, it just makes them easier to spread.
  8. Take 8 small foil trays, then layer them with butternut squash, (1 tray of squash divided between the 8 trays), followed by a lasagne sheet (snapped down to size), followed by a layer of creamy sauce, then another lasagne sheet, more butternut squash, 6-8 roasted tomatoes per tray, another lasagne sheet, a final layer of creamy sauce, then a sprinkle of breadcrumbs and pine nuts.
  9. If you are cooking one or two of these straight away, cook for 25 minutes, or if cooking from frozen they will take about 1 hour.

Don’t forget to send me pictures of your very own vegan lasagne on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to show me how you got on!


If you like the look of this recipe, you might also enjoy my:

Ultimate Lazy Veggie Lasagne
Ultimate Lazy Veggie Lasagne (Vegan)
Creamy Vegan Lasagne Sauce
Creamy Vegan Lasagne Sauce

 

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Make & Freeze Vegan Lasagne

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10 comments

  1. Hi, what pesto do you use in this, red, green or something else? Many thanks!

    1. Hi Kayleigh, I used a green dairy-free (basil) pesto, but you can use whichever you have to hand!

  2. Oh this looks delicious! I’m going to make a batch to pop in the freezer for Christmas when me lasagna loving vegan boy will be home from Berlin!
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  3. This sounds insanely good, and I love the idea of freezing it in those little take away dishes – so convenient. Love those golden pine nuts on top!

  4. What a fabulous idea for a post! I make butternut squash and spinach lasagne for work a lot (in dishes for 12) and often have enough to pop in the freezer for us. But I’ve never made a big batch JUST FOR US. Clever you having it in little foil dishes. I must add pesto to mine next time too. Great idea, Kate 🙂

  5. I’m loving this lasagne Kate. I make a vegan cheese sauce for macaroni, but never think of making it for lasagne. I don’t know why not. Like your twist on a bechamel sauce. Thanks for entering this into Meat Free Mondays, the roundup is now live and the linky will be live for 2 weeks this time.
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  6. This dish looks stunning, I love eating food that has amazing colour! A great combination of ingredients, I am sure they taste gorgeous together:)

  7. Love love love recipes like this that can be portioned up and placed in the freezer. I am definitely going to be making a big batch of these 😀

  8. Why do people give something 5 stars when they haven’t even made it? I agree that it looks amazing, but it would be more helpful if comments were made after trying the recipe out.

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