Red lentils lasagna
I’ve made vegetable lasagna several times, and although they were good, the taste was always too sour from the addition of tomato sauce that was required in the recipes. The result was more like a pasta with tomato sauce, not lasagna with a rich creamy sauce and nutmeg aroma. Here I tried to use red lentils and oats cooking cream, which I had on hand, and the result was excellent. I’m always surprised by how those few tablespoons of lentils end up filling almost the whole pot!
for a small ceramic pot, for two people
few cubes of frozen vegetable stock (about 0.5 dl)
5 pieces of champignon mushrooms
3 tablespoons red lentils
3 tablespoons tomato sauce
salt, pepper, nutmeg, garlic
1 dl oats cooking cream “The Original Oatly!”
3 dry lasagna
Melt the frozen vegetable stock and add chopped onions (no oil!), cook a few minutes and then add sliced mushrooms. Continue to cook until the water has evaporated and the mushrooms are softened.
Add the red lentils, pour water and cook 20 minutes.
Add tomato sauce, salt, pepper, nutmeg, a little garlic. Boil down a few more minutes to incorporate ingredients and aromas, but the sauce must remain quite liquid because it has to be used to cook the dry lasagnas in the ceramic pot.
Take half of the prepared sauce and blend it using an immersion blender, return to the pot.
Put a couple of tablespoons of the sauce in the ceramic pot and a dry lasagna. Pour sauce, oats cooking cream, lightly season with salt, sprinkle with nutmeg and vegan Parmesan. Make two more layers until you use up all ingredients.
Seal the pot with aluminum foil and put in the oven for about 25 minutes at 180 C. Remove the foil and bake for 5 more minutes.
When serving, sprinkle with vegan Parmesan, and serve with fresh salad.
Oats cooking cream “The Original Oatly!” is actually a sweet cream made from oats (purchased in Bio&Bio, a Croatian health food store) that can be used like regular cream. This time the cream took the role of béchamel sauce, but it has to be lightly salted because it tastes sweet.
Vegan Parmesan is a mixture of gounded cashews and nutritional yeast with a touch of salt.