Craving comfort food but want to stay within the realm of health? There is a luxurious way to do both: Smoky Mushroom Cauli-Lasagna. This unique dish is sure to become one of the most tantalizing meal options you’ve ever tasted.
Smoky Mushroom Cauli-Lasagna combines the robust flavors of mushrooms, cheese, and classic Italian herbs with the nutritional benefits of cauliflower and nutrition-rich ingredients, such as walnuts and fresh spinach. This vibrant meal delivers a hearty, complex taste with a healthy twist. Plus, with such a simple and quick preparation, Smoky Mushroom Cauli-Lasagna is the answer for busy weekday evenings.
Making this meal is an incredibly straightforward process. To begin, preheat the oven to 300°F and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with your favorite healthy oil. This included a layer of sliced cauliflower and a layer of thinly sliced mushrooms. Top the mushroom layer with a generous sprinkling of smoked paprika and garlic powder.
In a food processor, blend a cup of raw walnuts, a cup of fresh spinach, and 1/3 cup of vegan parmesan. Process until the mix forms a thick paste. Spread the paste evenly on top of the cauliflower-mushroom layer and sprinkle with some vegan mozzarella cheese.
Next, prepare the tomato sauce. In a small saucepan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and sauté two cloves of garlic until golden brown. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of crushed tomatoes and simmer the sauce for about five minutes. Stir in a teaspoon of oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, and a pinch of salt. Pour the tomato sauce over the vegan cheese and walnut-spinach mix.
Finally, add the lasagna noodles. Begin by lightly coating the prepared baking dish with a thin layer of the tomato sauce. Then, layer the lasagna noodles on top. (This recipe calls for about 8-10 noodles, depending on the size of the baking dish.) Cover the noodles with a generous amount of the remaining tomato sauce. Sprinkle some more vegan cheese on top, and cover the dish with foil.
Bake the lasagna for 30-35 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked through and the cheese is melted. Once the lasagna is done, top it with fresh basil and serve warm.
Smoky Mushroom Cauli-Lasagna is rich, smoky, and comforting in every bite. It’s also a great way to sneak in a few extra servings of veggies while still feeling pampered—especially if you make it on a cozy evening in. Whether it’s a weeknight dinner or the entree for an upcoming get-together, Smoky Mushroom Cauli-Lasagna is a surefire culinary success. Enjoy!
• 1 head of cauliflower
• 1 pound of sliced mushrooms
• 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
• 1 cup of raw walnuts
• 1 cup of fresh spinach
• 1/3 cup of vegan parmesan
• 1/2 cup of vegan mozzarella
• 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1 1/2 cups