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Nothing about this recipe screams "vegan." You can serve it to omnivores with confidence. It's just as creamy and flavorful as a traditional lasagna, and far superior in nutrition.
If oven ready lasagna noodles are frozen, thaw package in warm water. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In large soup pot, caramelize onion for about 15 minutes, until golden brown and stringy. Add splashes of water to prevent sticking.
While onion is cooking, add "ricotta" ingredients to a high speed blender. Make sure to taste the flavor and add more herbs and spices if desired (Hmmm: maybe some Italian seasoning?)
Once onions have caramelized, add chopped garlic and mushrooms to the pan. Add thyme, salt and pepper as desired. Once mushrooms are done, add greens and remove from heat, stirring as greens wilt.
Rub a touch of olive oil into a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Lay the first layer of pasta. Smooth "ricotta" over the pasta and top with chopped artichoke hearts (or substitute tomatoes). Do not bother to wash the blender, as the cream sauce ingredients go in next.
Add the cream sauce ingredients to the blender. Blend on high until creamy and smooth. Be sure to taste for flavor, and add more herbs and spices if desired (Hmmm . . . maybe some oregano, basil or chives, or a chunk of red onion?)
Top "ricotta" and artichokes with another layer of pasta. Cover with all of the onion, mushroom and greens from the pot. Pour the cream sauce over all of it.
Finish with another layer of pasta and top with shredded vegan cheese. Sprinkle Italian seasoning or other green herb to add a splash of color.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, until cheese on is melted.
If looking for a less expensive, lower calorie dish, substitute cauliflower for some or all of the nuts in the cream sauce. You can buy frozen cauliflower or use fresh. Amounts will vary depending on whether it's raw or has been cooked. I have used a 5 cup bag of frozen diced cauliflower in this recipe and did not need to add any water. The final cream sauce should be pourable, and not too thick. Add water or plant-based milk as needed. Be sure to taste for flavor and add more salt or seasonings as desired.
Colleen Kachmann is a health coach, writer, teacher, yogi, mother of 4 (+3 bonus stepkids), and personal chef. She has a B.S. in education from Indiana University, and a master of science in health coaching from International Health Coach University. She also successfully completed the Women’s Functional & Integrative Medicine Professional Training Program through the Women’s Integrative Medicine Institute. Buy her book on Amazon. Find her on Twitter Pinterest Instagram YouTube Facebook