Oven Roasted Veggie Lasagna

March 29, 2013

I have a thing against pre-boiling lasagna noodles.  Most prep work I don’t mind doing, especially if it will make the final product that much better.  But I’ve never really felt found a difference in lasagna texture and the cook time doesn’t change – so why bother?  It doesn’t help that the only time I actually boiled my noodles in advance, I poured boiling hot water all over my hands trying to get the noodles out.  I actually finished making the lasagna before I went to a redi-med, but needless to say, that lasagna really just wasn’t worth it.


This lasagna?  Amazing.  Still not worth burning your hand over, but definitely worth the effort of oven roasting the veggies and waiting patiently while it bakes in the oven and fills your house with tasty lasagna smells.  Oven roasting the veggies makes them so tender and adds a little smokiness.  I kicked up the smokiness even more by throwing some Gouda in there, but you could use provolone or any other smokey cheese.


Roasting the garlic beforehand? Mandatory.  Promise me if you skimp on any details, it’s not that.  I’d never even heard of roasting garlic until I was making a tasty dip I saw over on The Beeroness for a Super Bowl party this year.  I ended up throwing out my back (yeahhhh, I’m a 20-something that throws out her back) and (oh no!) had to eat the dip all by my lonesome.  In that moment, fell in love with roasted garlic.  It needs to be in pretty much everything.  Mix it right into the cheese mixture and get a little roasty, garlicky goodness in every bite.  Feel free to swap out the cottage cheese for ricotta – my dad hates ricotta so I’ve never actually made a lasagna with it!


Oven Roasted Veggie Lasagna
Serves: 8

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 – 3 large carrots (I actually used a handful or two of baby carrots)
  • ½ red onion
  • Italian seasoning
  • 1 whole head of garlic
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms
  • 14 oz can sliced, stewed tomatoes
  • 24 oz spaghetti sauce
  • ½ c water
  • ½ c freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 15 oz fat free cottage cheese
  • pepper, to taste
  • 6 slices (or ~4 ounces shredded) smoked Gouda, chopped into small pieces
  • 9 – 12 UNCOOKED lasagna noodles (depending on the size of your pan, I used whole wheat)

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Cut the zucchini and carrots into ~ ½” sticks. Slice onion into half circles. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and lightly spritzed with nonstick spray. Spritz the top of the veggies and generously sprinkle with Italian seasonings. Cut the end off of the head of garlic, spritz with nonstick spray, and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake the veggies and garlic for 20 minutes.
  3. Slice the mushrooms and throw on top of the veggies in the oven. Bake an additional 10 minutes. And allow the veggies to cool slightly.
  4. Meanwhile, mix the spaghetti sauce, tomatoes and water together. In a separate dish, combine the parm, cottage cheese, and pepper.
  5. Squeeze the garlic into the cheese mixture – it should come out pretty easily. Avoid getting of the papery bits in the cheese! Mix well.
  6. Spray a lasagna pan/large casserole dish/baking pan with nonstick spray. Spread some of the sauce in the bottom. Layer noodles (breaking if necessary to fill all the spaces), veggies, cheese mixture, chopped Gouda, and sauce for two layers. Make a final layer of noodles, any veggies or cheese you have left, and pour the the rest of the sauce on top. This will be a pretty saucy lasagna, it will help cook the noodles.
  7. Cover and bake 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10 – 15 minutes until cheese on top is melty.
  8. Let set for 15 minutes before cutting – this will help soak up extra liquid and avoid making a mess pile when you cut it.

Play around with the veggies and roasting time to get your perfect texture and favor combo. If you’re using GF or other nonstandard noodles, I can’t vouch that this will perfectly cook your noodles.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 290 Fat: 7g Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 5g Protein: 19g


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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) Mar 30, 2013

    Hahaha I hate boiling lasagna noodles too! Especially because they usually like fall apart n such when I do!

    Joanne Mar 30, 2013

    I never boil my lasagna noodles either! Why bother…I just let the sauce do all the work! This roasted veggie lasagna looks and sounds majorly delicious!

    Marcie@flavorthemoments Mar 30, 2013

    I’ve never made a veggie lasagna. I love roasted veggies, and roasted garlic is the best! I’ve got to try this next time I make lasagna!

    Monet Mar 29, 2013

    Smile. I hate preboiling lasagna noodles, so I’m right there with you! This looks delicious. Love all the veggies in the sauce. Thank you for sharing!

    Ashley Bee Mar 29, 2013

    I LOVE veggie lasagna. I grew up with it, actually. I never even knew lasagna traditionally had meat in it until after I got to college. Filled with veggies, it just tastes better. Lighter.

    Kelly Mar 29, 2013

    Are you making tofu ricotta to go in it? I’ve done that before and it actually turns out REALLY amazing, good luck!

    cleaneatingveggiegirl Mar 29, 2013

    Lasagna is one of my ultimate comfort foods! I especially love lasagnas that are packed full of veggies. This recipe looks like a good one! I am going to attempt making vegan lasagna for the first time this weekend. I hope it turns out as delicious as this looks :).