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Vegetarian Lasagne

Vego lasagne

Vegetarian Lasagne
*Adapted from Neil Perry’s Vegetarian Lasagne (featured on Masterchef)
Ingredients:
 
Roast Capsicum-
  • 3 red capsicums, quartered and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper to season

 

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon wholegrain flour (or Gluten free flour of choice)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch freshly ground white pepper, to taste
  • 125ml goats milk (or your choice)
  • 50g coarsely grated parmigiano reggiano
  • 125g ricotta
  • 1 egg, lightly beatenRoast tomato sauce-
  • 750g vine ripened tomatoes, quartered
  • 40ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh marjoram, chopped

Assembly:

  • 300g eggplant, cut into 5mm
  • 5g sea-salt
  • olive oil
  • 400g green zucchini, cut into 5mm slices
  • 300g roasted capsicum (about 8 pieces) (see recipe above)
  • 250g dried wholemeal or whole egg lasagne sheets (It has been pointed out to me recently that even mountain bread could be used here – genius!)
  • 300g parmesan cheese sauce (see recipe above)

 

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 220°C.

2. For the roast capsicum; Place capsicums and olive oil in a large bowl, season with thyme, salt
and pepper. Place cut side down on a baking paper-lined oven tray and roast for 20-30 minutes or
until blistered. Transfer to a bowl and cover tightly with cling film. Stand for 5 minutes to loosen
skin. Peel and discard skin.

3. For parmesan cheese sauce; Melt butter in medium saucepan, stir in flour; cook stirring for 1 minute. Add salt and pepper and gradually add milk, whisk until slightly thickened. Remove from
heat, cool slightly. Add parmesan and ricotta and mix through.

4. Stir in egg until combined. Season to taste. Cover with a round of baking paper so a skin doesn’t
form.

5. Preheat oven to 140°C.

6. For roast tomato sauce; place quartered tomatoes, skin side down in a roasting pan, drizzle with
20ml olive oil and scatter with oregano, marjoram, salt and pepper. Slow roast for 1½-2 hours or
until slightly dehydrated. Cool slightly.

7. Heat remaining 20ml olive oil in a saucepan; add onion, garlic and a pinch of salt and cook over
low heat for 10-15 minutes or until onion is translucent.

8. Chop tomatoes into 5mm dice, add to onion mixture with any juices and cook over medium heat
until sauce is slightly thickened. If too thick add a little water; pass through a moulis or sieve to
remove skin and seeds. Check seasoning and consistency, add a little extra olive oil and some
pepper if desired.

9. Place eggplant in a colander, toss with 5g sea salt and stand over a bowl to drain for 30 minutes. Rinse under cold water and pat dry. Brush both sides with a little olive oil and sear in a hot
frying pan 1-2 minutes each side or until golden and tender. Remove to a board.

10. Brush zucchini with a little olive oil and sear on both sides in the hot pan until zucchini is golden
and tender. Remove to board and trim vegetables to fit dish.

11. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and cook lasagne sheets to almost al dente. Refresh in
iced water and drain well. Cut pasta sheets into rectangles to fit dish.

12. Lightly grease four 2-cup capacity (12x8cm ceramic dishes) with a little olive oil, line base and
2 long sides with a sheet of baking paper extending 3cm above both long sides.

13. To assemble, place a piece of eggplant in the base of prepared dish, followed by a piece of
pasta. Spread with parmesan cheese sauce, then top with a piece of roasted capsicum, then top
with about 2 strips of zucchini, then a piece of roasted capsicum, followed by another pasta sheet,
then parmesan cheese sauce and finally place another 2 strips of zucchini. Fold baking paper
over and cover with foil.

14. Repeat this process with the remaining lasagne. Bake at 180°C for 20 minutes until lasagne is
tender.