Lighter vegetable lasagne

This layered pasta dish is a family favourite - give it a healthy makeover with ricotta, lentils and lots of filling vegetables

Bake for 35 mins, then remove the foil and bake for a further 5-10 mins until everything is bubbling around the edges. Scatter with oregano and basil leaves, and serve with a green salad.

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Cooking time: 1 Hour 15 Min
  • Rating: 5/5
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  • 1 small aubergine Aubergine oh-ber-geenAlthough it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a… , about 250g, cut into approx 3cm chunks
  • 1 medium courgette Courgette corr-zjetThe courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,… , about 200g, cut into 2-3cm chunks
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped into 2½ cm pieces
  • 1 medium onion Onion un-yunOnions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia… , halved lengthways, sliced into thin wedges
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil Rapeseed oilIf you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…
  • 400g can plum tomatoes
  • 1 medium carrot Carrot ka-rotThe carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root… , chopped into small dice
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée (or sundried tomato purée – see tip)
  • 400g can green lentils (with no added salt), drained
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil Basil ba-zilMost closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the… , plus extra leaves to garnish
  • 300g fresh spinach Spinach spin-atchUsed in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…
  • 1 medium egg Egg eggThe ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…
  • 250g tub ricotta Ricotta ree-cot-aRicotta is an Italian curd cheese. Made from whey, it is traditionally a by-product of making…
  • 1 rounded tbsp chopped oregano Oregano or-ee-gar-noClosely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more… , plus extra leaves to garnish
  • good pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 9 dried lasagne sheets, each 17½ cm x 8cm
  • 125g ball mozzarella, roughly chopped
  • 25g Parmesan Parmesan parm-ee-zanParmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It… or vegetarian alternative, grated
  • 100g cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • green salad

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