Need a dish for a crowd or to take to a party? Try my no boil, easy to make Vegetarian Lasagna!
So I make a pretty darn mean lasagna. If you get really sick or I'm asked to bring a entree like dish to a party... you're probably going to get this. No... it's not the healthiest thing on this site, but it is DAMN good. I don't think I say thing enough, but I'm a firm believer in eating things in moderation and enjoying food that you really enjoy (and that doesn't make you feel bad) on occasion. There was a time in my life where I was more restrictive about what I ate, but these days I try to be more mindful and open about my cravings... and yes... on occasion that includes some good ole', beautiful, cheesy lasagna. I don't eat this all time, but I savor it when I do. Life is too short to live any other way... in my humble opinion. 🙂
But here's the big secret.... my go to... tried and true lasagna recipe is actually an easy to make Vegetarian Lasagna. Yes... this gorgeous plate of food requires no boiling and no fuss.
No Boil Easy Four Cheese Easy to Make Vegetarian Lasagna
I originally learned a version of this recipe in my early 20's. I had an Italian friend who showed me the basics of lasagna construction. At the time my idea of "cooking" was putting rice in tomato soup (yes... and I ate that more often than I care to admit,) so the idea that I could make my own lasagna was a big deal.
I was surprised at how this easy to make Vegetarian Lasagna tasted so good and really didn't require that much work.
All you do to make my easy to make vegetarian lasagna is mix the ricotta with parmesan, eggs and herbs. Other than that all you need is lasagna noodles, cheese and your favorite tomato sauce. You can make your own (try my Crock Pot Marinara) or use your favorite store bought type. If you are trying to be healthier, look for a version with less sugar. You also can buy the regular lasagna noodles... no need for the special no boil ones.
Then you just layer the lasagna... starting with a small amount of sauce, then going to the noodles, the ricotta and finally the shredded cheese.
The trick is to add a small amount of water around the dish when it's done so the noodles will have some liquid to absorb when it's cooking.
Over the years I've made this a 1,000 different ways... I've added tons of chopped spinach to the ricotta and even added layers of mushrooms. But time and time again I come back to the classic version with just cheese and tomato. There's something so classic and comforting about this easy to make Vegetarian Lasagna.
I hope you will get a chance to try it. And if we just so happen to end up at the same potluck one day... don't be surprised if you get a taste made by yours truly. Enjoy.
No Boil Easy Four Cheese Easy to Make Vegetarian Lasagna
- 2 30 ounce containers ricotta cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup parmesan, divided
- 2 24 ounce jars tomato sauce
- 15 lasagna noodles *
- 3-4 cups shredded italian four cheese blend (with mozzarella!) **
- ¼ cup water
- topping: dried basil, dried oregano and garlic salt
- garnish: fresh basil
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix the ricotta, eggs, basil, oregano, garlic powder and half of the parmesan in a bowl.
- In a 9x11 pan spread about a ½ cup of tomato sauce into a thin layer.
- Add three and a half lasagna noodles to cover the bottom of the pan leaving room for them to expand. Spread a third of the ricotta mixture on top and sprinkle with some the shredded cheese. Then top with a thicker layer of tomato sauce.
- Repeat the layers three times. On the last layer of sauce top with the remaining cheese including the other half of the parmesan. Sprinkle with additional dried basil, garlic salt and oregano.
- Carefully pour the ¼ cup of water around the edge of the pan.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes until the cheese is golden. Allow to sit outside the oven for 15 minutes before serving.
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What do you take to potlucks?
Kristy from Southern In Law says
Ooh, this looks so good! Lasagna is one of our favourites!
I often bring individual things to pot lucks so I don’t have to worry about people gluten contaminating things so I can eat them ????
I love Lasagna and the cheese and now I'm drooling on it, I can't wait to try this classic lasagna recipe!
YUM! Lasagna is one of my favorite dishes! I'm shocked this ingredient list isn't long at all - adding this to my list!
I think I have found a new recipe I am going to love. I can't wait to try this.
Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups says
I love lasagna! I have used the no boil noodles before, but didn’t realize you could just add a little water and use regular lasagna noodles. Can’t wait to try it!
I have been making my lasagne this way since I got my first microwave back in the mid-80s. The cookbook that came with it had the recipe for not boiling the lasagne noodles. I had always hated making lasagne before that because of the mess of boiling the noodles. I use a jarred marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce, but I don't add any extra water. The noodles bake in the sauce. The recipe in the microwave cookbook was for 5 minutes on high power and 35 minutes on 50% power. I use the same recipe for the microwave as I do for the oven and they both turn out beautifully. I sometimes add spinach or zucchini to mine. Thanks for joining me in spreading the word about not boiling the noodles. People don't seem to know that. I tell everyone on Facebook. lol
Pass some more , please !!! That is all I can say 🙂 . Lasagna and I don't get along well - I go crazy with the fillings and , there is the inevitable spills . Yours look so neat and delicious ! May be this once I should just follow the recipe and see how it turns out !
This looks so comforting with all that cheese!
Rach @ Girl On The Run says
I can never say no to pasta and cheese! it looks delicious
Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real says
Lasagna is a dish that seems so hard to make to me. Except now I can easily make this one woo! Can't wait to try it out!