I’ll never forget my mom making a “veggie” lasagna when I was about twelve years old. I had grown up on Stouffer’s frozen lasagna and never had a homemade one – much less a vegetable lasagna. She found the recipe out of a magazine and decided to make it because it was healthy. An hour later we had lots of ricotta cheese stuffed with carrots, celery, sweet peas, and a bunch of other vegetables between lasagna noodles – no actual sauce.
Needless to say – I thought it was terrible. She still brags about how good it is. This is NOT that kind of recipe.
This recipe has carrots, celery, bell pepper, onion, and tomatoes – and a lot of it too, but the seasonings hide the taste of the vegetables so your kids won’t be picky and not eat them. Which is why I call it a hidden veggie lasagna.
It takes some time to make, but I promise it is so worth it. You also need to make sure you use low-fat cheese. It’s an easy way to lower the calories on this dish, but keep the same flavor.
Try it out and let me know what you think.
Hidden Veggie Lasagna
This lasagna tastes like a normal lasagna but has a lot of hidden vegetables in it! If you love lasagna and are wanting to change it up - this is the recipe for you!
Finely chop the carrots, onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic.
Add 2 Tbsp olive oil to a pot. Brown the carrots, onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic for 10 minutes on medium-high heat.
Peel the skin off of the 6 fresh tomatoes and quarter them. Add them to the pot.
Add the thyme, parsley, basil, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and sugar to the pot with the tomatoes. Simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes stirring frequently.
In a separate pan, add the ground meat. Season with salt and pepper while cooking. Cook until the meat is no longer pink. Drain the fat off and set to the side.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Add a can of tomato paste to the pot with the tomatoes. Once combined, add 2 cups of water. Then add the cooked ground meat. Simmer on medium heat another 15 minutes.
In another pot, cook 10 lasagna noodles according to package directions.
Spray a 3 quart glass pyrex container with nonstick spray and layer half the noodles down. Then take half of the sauce and spread it evenly on top of the noodles. Take half of the cheese and layer it evenly on top of the sauce. Repeat these steps.
Place container in oven and bake for 25 minutes. Cut into 12 pieces.