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Vegetarian 5 Cheese Lasagna with “Meat” Sauce

Vegetarian 5 Cheese Lasagna with "Meat" Sauce

Vegetarian 5 Cheese Lasagna with

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By Mama Veggie Serves: 8-10
Prep Time: 25 minutes Cooking Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

This vegetarian 5 cheese lasagna uses a blend of five cheeses to give it the wow factor, along with protein rich veggie crumbles. For this recipe, I use mozzarella, ricotta, vegetarian Parmesan, Asiago, and Gruyere, and my preferred brand of veggie crumbles is Morning Star.

My hearty, vegetarian "meat" sauce takes a little while to come together, but it is so worth the extra effort. This recipe makes a large amount of sauce, so be sure to use a 6-quart or larger Dutch oven or pot when making it.

This sauce can be enjoyed immediately after cooking, but it tastes even better a day or two later when the flavors have had a chance to mingle. This recipe also freezes up nicely for later use.


  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 c. white mushrooms, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, cleaned and finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 c. dry red wine, divided
  • Morning Star Veggie Crumbles
  • 2 (28 oz) cans tomato puree
  • 1 (28 oz) can petite-cut tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
  • 1 T. oregano, dried
  • 2 t. thyme, dried
  • 2 t. rosemary, dried
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 oven ready lasagna noodles
  • 1 24 oz. container ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 T. Italian seasoning, divided
  • ½ c. fresh parsley, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 t. kosher salt
  • 1 t. black pepper
  • 1 8 oz. package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 8 oz. package shredded Gruyere cheese, divided
  • ¾ c. vegetarian Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • ¾ c. Asiago cheese, freshly grated



First start by making the sauce. In a large (6 Qt) Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms to pan and cook until onions become soft and mushrooms begin to release liquids, about 4 or 5 minutes. Add celery, carrots and ½ cup wine and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes.


Add Morning Star Crumbles to pot and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes.


Add tomato puree, petite-cut tomatoes, tomato paste, and remaining red wine to Dutch oven, along with oregano, thyme, and rosemary. Stir to combine. Drop in bay leaves, and give a quick stir. Cover and simmer on low heat for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally. If sauce is too thick, add a little water to achieve the desired consistency. If it is too thin, continue cooking until it reaches the thickness you prefer.


Remove bay leaves . Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Refrigerate or freeze unused portion within 2 hours.


Now it is time to make the lasagna. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


In a large glass bowl, combine ricotta cheese, beaten egg, 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning, and fresh parsley. Stir to combine.


Spray a 13 x 9” glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Add enough tomato sauce to cover the bottom of the pan, and then cover with 3 lasagna noodles. Top with an even layer of the ricotta cheese mixture, followed by a layer of shredded mozzarella and Gruyere cheese, using equal amounts of each. Finish with a layer of grated Parmesan and Asiago cheese, also in equal amounts.


Repeat this process three more times: sauce, noodles, ricotta mixture, shredded cheeses, and grated cheeses. Sprinkle the remaining Italian seasoning across the final layer.


Loosely tent dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for another 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes before serving.


* Vegetarian Parmesan cheese brands that do not use animal rennet are 365 (Whole Foods), Caroselle, Dutch Farms, Frigo, Good & Gather (Shredded only) (Target), Grande Cheese Company, Haolam, Priano (ALDI), Kroger, Migdal, Miller's Cheese, Organic Valley, Reggano (ALDI), Sartori, Stella Cheese, Trader Joe's Grated Parmesan, Treasure Cave Cheese

Vegetarian 5 Cheese Lasagna with “Meat” Sauce

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