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The Best & Simplest Vegetarian Lasagne Recipe Ever!

Some recipes are more special than others. The one I am sharing today means a lot to me. Soon after I gave birth to Wriggly, my dear friend Cé came for a visit. She brought the best present you could give a sleep-deprived mum: lunch and dinner! She had made a small vegetarian lasagne for our lunch, and a big one for my whole family that evening. All I had to do was put the lasagne in the oven… I had a delicious homemade dinner that involved no effort whatsoever on my part!

The Best & Simplest Vegetarian Lasagne Recipe Ever about to go in the Oven

This vegetarian lasagne is without the shadow of a doubt the best veggie dish I have ever tasted. That makes it the perfect recipe to share on National Vegetarian Week. It is visually pleasing, bursting with flavours, healthy, quick and cheap to make.

Cé shared her recipe with me a few months ago. She had found it in a magazine and torn it ages before. It was all faded, stained after years of use. If that is not the sign of a good recipe, what is? She thinks the recipe is by Jamie Oliver.

I absolutely love this dish and I have cooked it five or six times already. I made changes to the original recipe and rewritten it my way.

The Best & Simplest Vegetarian Lasagne Recipe Ever - Ingredients

The result is creamy yet fresh, full of flavours, with a slight crunch from the courgettes. It is heavenly!

Add a glass of wine and I am in heaven.

The Best & Simplest Vegetarian Lasagne Recipe Ever on a Plate

The Best & Simplest Vegetarian Lasagne Recipe Ever!

This delicious dish takes no time to put together. It is full of flavours and can easily be made free from eggs and wheat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes


  • 1 aubergine approximately 300g
  • 3 courgettes about 400g
  • Rapeseed oil
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 4 basil stalks leaves pinched and rinsed
  • 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 heaped teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs
  • Fleur de sel de Guérande or Maldon Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 packet of fresh lasagne sheets 250g, or ‘free from’ lasagne sheets for a wheat and egg-free version
  • 4 tablespoons crème fraîche
  • 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil


  1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 5 (190 degrees Celcius / 375 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Prep your vegetables. Wash them and keep their skin on. Slice the aubergines (0.5cm thick).
  3. Cut the courgettes lengthwise into thin rectangular slices.
  4. Chop the basil stalks (not the leaves) as finely as you can. Peel and crush the garlic.
  5. Fry the aubergines in a single layer in a little rapeseed oil over a medium heat. It will take a couple of minutes for each side to get them golden brown. Keep cooked slices on a plate and continue batch cooking the aubergine rounds until they are all done.
  6. Add another tablespoon of rapeseed oil to the pan. Fry the basil stalks and garlic for a minute, stirring constantly. Add the aubergines, tinned tomatoes, sugar, herbs, balsamic vinegar and season to taste. Bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes, covered.
  7. At the bottom of an ovenproof dish (17 x 26 cm / 7x10 inches), spread a third of the tomato sauce and sprinkle one tablespoon grated parmesan. Lay a lasagne sheet over the sauce and add a third of the courgette slices. Repeat twice, until all the tomato sauce has been used.
  8. Mix the crème fraîche with the remaining grated Parmesan and season to taste. Spread over the last lasagne sheet, drizzle with olive oil, add the remaining courgette slices and basil leaves on top.
  9. Place in the warm oven for 35 minutes. Check on the lasagne after 20 minutes. If it looks like it is browning too quickly, cover it with foil.
  10. Serve with salad and balsamic vinegar dressing.


What sort of recipes would like me to share next?


  1. Dee Sherwood Wallace
    22/06/2015 / 9:28 pm

    Some more Vegan recipes, your lasagne sounds lovely and it would be great to see a vegan version, or Vegan cheesecake.

  2. alice lightning
    22/06/2015 / 9:31 pm

    some free from would be nice

  3. Chris Fletcher
    22/06/2015 / 9:33 pm

    This recipe is great – just in time for the glut of courgettes I’m likely to have! Any more courgette recipes would be much appreciated!

  4. Monika S
    22/06/2015 / 9:36 pm

    Vegetable samosas

  5. Alexandra McGahey
    22/06/2015 / 9:58 pm

    Love this recipe! As a vegetarian I really struggle finding new and exciting recipes so I’d love to see even more.

  6. 22/06/2015 / 10:00 pm

    I have just been to Mexico and would love to see more Mexican recipes please

  7. Angela Williams
    22/06/2015 / 10:16 pm

    stuffed mushrooms

  8. Andrea Johnson
    22/06/2015 / 10:48 pm

    Sugar free coconut oil flapjack. I’m told it exists!

  9. Laura Vitty
    22/06/2015 / 10:55 pm

    Anything using Sardinian fregola pasta

  10. kerry lethbridge
    22/06/2015 / 11:04 pm

    I’d love you to share my rich and spicy 5 bean chocolate and bourbon chilli

    • Mel
      22/06/2015 / 11:08 pm

      That sounds amazing! I was thinking of getting readers involved a bit more actually! Send me an email my lovely and I’ll give you all the details!

  11. 22/06/2015 / 11:11 pm

    I’d love to see a seafood recipe

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

  12. Vicky Osborne
    22/06/2015 / 11:26 pm

    Anything with spinach please

  13. Judith Luscombe
    22/06/2015 / 11:32 pm

    Im always interested in low fat recipes that use spices garlic etc, eg curries, chillies

  14. Nicola atkins
    22/06/2015 / 11:35 pm

    I would love to see a vegetarian burger ready for BBQ season

  15. Alisa Moore
    22/06/2015 / 11:56 pm

    Quiche recipes

    • Mel
      23/06/2015 / 9:50 pm

      There’s a vegetarian quiche recipe on the blog. I was also thinking of posting my easy quiche Lorraine recipe at some point, too.

    • Mel
      23/06/2015 / 9:49 pm

      I have a couple of really nice soup recipes on the blog already. Just type ‘soup’ in the search bar. The carrot and parsnip one is our favourite!

  16. michael carter
    23/06/2015 / 3:57 pm

    beetroot recipes please

    • Mel
      23/06/2015 / 9:46 pm

      Oh, I’ve got one, I’ve got one! Watch this space!

  17. 29/07/2015 / 6:24 am

    I now want lasagne at 6.20am 🙂 it looks so nice, I have never really put aubergine in lasagne before!

    • Mel
      29/07/2015 / 11:20 pm

      This one is out of this world… I always have to eat 2 or 3 portions every time I make it! xx

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