I made a Vegan Lasagna with Nooch Cheese a couple of weeks ago, and it was good, but didn't remind me much of classic lasagna, and Larry didn't like the nooch. So I made a mental note to try to make a classic lasagna with impossible beef and shredded vegan cheese. Two weeks later, my grad school friend Judy texts me: "Hey, there. Happy new year! Happy new administration! Just going through my old recipe binder and found (this)" -- a recipe for lasagna that I gave her back around 1990. Yay, I get to veganize my own recipe. Thank you, Judy! After a couple of tries, we decided the following was the ticket. Note to self: could also try cashew ricotta cheese in the middle, like in this vegan lasagna.
2 T canola oil
3/4 lb (1 pkg) Impossible Beef
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
6 oz mushrooms (optional)
3-4 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp smoked paprika
3 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried baslil
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
Fresh greens - spinach, kale, broccoli, or other leaf
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp brown pepper
10-12 pieces of TJ's lasagna noodles (no pre-cook!)
10-12 oz TJs soy cheese blend (cheddar, mozzarella, jack) or other shredded vegan cheese
In a large pan or soup pot, saute onion, carrot, pepper flakes, and salt in oil for a few minutes. Add garlic and paprika (and mushrooms if using), and stir another minute. Add crumbled impossible burger and saute until it turns brown.
Finally, add tomatoes, oregano, and basil, and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off and let cool. If you want to finish the lasagna tomorrow, put it in a big bowl and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread the greens on the bottom of a large baking pan, and sprinkle with nutmeg and pepper. (The original recipe said to blanch or boil first, but I've found that unnecessary, and of course less work is better.)
Make 3 layers of sauce & noodles:
Put a layer of sauce in the baking dish, then a layer of lasagne noodles, then the sauce again, repeat until the baking dish is full, with last layer of sauce on top.
After the last layer of sauce, sprinkle the cheese on top.
Bake the lasagna in the oven for about 45 minutes, until the cheese sauce is golden brown.
Making the layers:
Below is the original that Judy sent me. Marti was my first roommate in grad school, and Garnet was a unix server we had our email accounts on :)
Can you believe how much cheese we used? FIVE POUNDS total. And what's with "cover the pan with foil" before you do anything? That's just weird.