This gluten-free, vegan lasagne is a fantastic alternative to the meaty, dairy-laden versions. It’s tasty, filling, and full of healthy protein and nutritional goodness.
1 large red onion
2 large cloves of garlic
Splash of olive oil
7oz puy lentils (or brown lentils)
15fl oz spring water
1 heaped teaspoon allspice
1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch ground cardamom
17fl oz passata (or canned tomatoes)
1 heaped teaspoon coconut sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 large handful fresh parsley
5oz rice pasta
1 small apple
Cashew ‘cheeze’ sauce:
3½ oz cashews
1 large lemon
Pinch black pepper
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 heaped teaspoon dried parsley
Extra water (to thin if needed)
You will need: An oven-proof dish approx 8½ x 6 inches (2½in deep).
The cashew sauce is made by first soaking the cashews for up to an hour to make them soft enough to blend.
Place the cashews into a mug or jug along with the juiced lemon, salt, pepper, and parsley.
Allow the cashews to soak in the lemon juice for up to an hour and then blend with a blender to create a thick creamy sauce.
If the sauce is too thick then add a dash of water to achieve your desired sauce-like consistency.
Roughly chop red onion and mushrooms.
Crush or finely chop garlic and sauté in a medium-sized pan with onion and mushrooms (with a splash of olive oil) for a couple of minutes to bring out their flavor.
Add the lentils and water to the pan and bring to a boil.
In the meantime, add allspice, cinnamon, cardamom, sea salt, coconut sugar, and passata to the pan, stirring to mix everything together.
Once the pan has come to a boil turn down to a low/medium heat, placing the lid on. Stir regularly over a period of about 45 minutes or until all water has absorbed and the mixture resembles a thick sauce. If you are busy and want to come back to this later, then simply cook for about 30 minutes, turn off and leave it to finish cooking with the lid on, in its own heat.
While the lentil part is cooking in the pan, cook the pasta, drain it, and put it to the side.
Slice apple into thin slices and roughly chop parsley.
When the lentil part has cooked, add the parsley to the pan and mix in.
Spoon about half of this lentil mixture into an oven-proof dish and add a layer of your cooked rice pasta (this should be about ½ of your pasta). Make up another layer on top of the pasta with your apple slices.
Spoon the rest of your lentil mixture on top of your apple layer and then add another layer with the rest of the pasta.
Spoon/pour on your cashew sauce on top of the final layer of pasta. If the cashew sauce seems too thick, then add a little water to loosen it up.
Your layers might resemble something like this:
(base) lentil – pasta – apple – lentil – pasta – cashew sauce (topping) But remember there is no right or wrong. If your creativity is inspired, then let it flow!
Place your whole dish in the oven at 400˚F for approximately 40 minutes and then serve hot with veggies or salad.
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