The epitome of comfort food, this Vegan Spinach Mushroom Lasagna has 4 dreamy layers of savory marinara, creamy “ricotta”, ribboned noodles & sautéed veggies.
As promised, I’m back with a soul-warming meal to use with the Creamy Vegan Ricotta Cheese that I posted last week. And what’s a better fit than this Spinach Mushroom Lasagna?
Creamy cheese layers wrapped up with oodles of noodles? There’s just nothing better!
Now tie that all together with your favorite marinara, meaty mushrooms, and vibrant spinach.
It’s THE quintessential comfort food!
A total crowd pleaser
Lasagna is by far, the best dish to make for a large crowd, so it’s perfect for potlucks and holiday parties. One large casserole dish can feed about 8-10 people.
It’s so hearty, filling and comforting, that one piece will probably be enough. Pair it with a big family-style salad and everyone will be satisfied!
The best thing is that it’s inexpensive to make and calls for easy-to-find ingredients. So you’ll save money, time and stress. Sounds good to me!
It’s so easy to make ahead too! Just prepare and assemble it 1-2 days before your get-together and pop it in the fridge.
You can bake it at home and bring it with you in one of these Lasagna Luggers. It will help keep everything hot and fresh upon arrival. It works well to keep it cold too (if you’ll be baking it there).
Now, this doesn’t mean you have to reserve lasagna for a special event. You can bake it on a Sunday for a nice family dinner. AND the best part about that…
Cut the portion that you’ll be serving and save the rest covered up in the fridge.
– Preheat your oven to 375° F
– Add a small amount of sauce on top (and bottom if possible)
– Cover with foil
– Heat for 15-20 minutes, until hot throughout
Assembly is easy
Lasagna can look intimidating, but it’s quite easy to put together. Just boil your noodles, prepare your filling and get your sauce ready. I used jarred sauce because it’s just so easy and still delicious. Feel free to make your own if preferred.
Have everything ready in front of you before you begin. It doesn’t have to look perfect because the magic will happen in your oven.
So, have fun with it!
Check out this simple assembly method in the photos below
* Photo 1 – To a 9×13 casserole dish, add a layer of sauce to the bottom. Spread out.
* Photo 2 – Add a single layer of cooked lasagna noodles (5 noodles). I like to overlap them slightly (*see photo). You will need to cut one of the noodles to fit width-wise.
* Photo 3 – Now add 1/2 of your vegan ricotta cheese and spread out evenly with a spatula or back of a spoon.
* Photo 4 – Add 1/2 of the spinach and mushroom mixture in an even layer.
* Photo 5 – Cover the veggies with another layer of sauce.
* Not photographed – Add another layer of lasagna noodles on top of the veggies (not pictured). Now another layer of ricotta, veggies, sauce, and 5 remaining noodles.
* Photo 6 – The last layer of noodles will only have sauce on top (last photo). I like to sprinkle with vegan parmesan cheese. Feel free to leave it plain or top with homemade vegan mozzarella cheese (or store-bought).
Cover loosely with foil and bake at 400° F for 30-40 minutes, until heated throughout. Now uncover and bake for 15 minutes to make it crispy & lightly brown on top.
If you want a crispier top after that, you can turn on the broiler for 2-4 minutes. *Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn.
Let the lasagna rest for 15 minutes before cutting. Cut with a knife and remove with a spatula.
*Click photo to pin*
I’d love to hear from you
If you make this Spinach Mushroom Lasagna, I’d love to hear what you think in the comment section below. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.
The epitome of comfort food, this Vegan Spinach Mushroom Lasagna has 4 dreamy layers of savory marinara, creamy "ricotta", ribboned noodles & sautéed veggies.
- 1 batch vegan ricotta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (or preferred oil)
- 1 tablespoon vegan butter (or oil)
- 1 large onion , diced
- 3-4 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 pound mushrooms , sliced or diced
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes , optional
- 12 cups fresh spinach (loosely packed) rough chopped (about 14 oz)
- Salt , to taste
- Fresh cracked pepper , to taste
- 2 25 ounce jars of marinara sauce , a thicker variety (*see note)
- 2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 pound lasagna noodles (*see note)
Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C)
To a large pot of salted boiling water, add your lasagna noodles. Cook until al dente and according to package directions (usually about 7 minutes). Drain and rinse with cool water (to prevent cooking). Drizzle with oil to prevent sticking (gently toss to coat).
(*You can skip this entire next step if your sauce is thick enough)
In a medium saucepot over medium heat, add the marinara sauce & nutritional yeast. Once it starts to bubble, turn heat to med-low and let it lightly simmer for 5-6 minutes to thicken up. Remove from heat.
Heat oil and butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add a sprinkle of salt and red pepper flakes. Once hot, add your onion and sauté until softened and lightly browned. About 5-6 minutes
Add garlic, parsley, and oregano. Sauté for 1-2 minutes
Add mushrooms and cook until they have released their liquid, reduced their size and are somewhat browned (the pan should be almost dry) About 7-9 minutes.
Now add the spinach. You want to cook it until the liquid is released and cooked off. The spinach will reduce in size quite a bit too. About 5-6 minutes.
Remove from heat. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Taste for additional seasoning and add as needed.
To a 9x13 casserole dish, add a layer of sauce to the bottom. Spread out.
Add a single layer of cooked lasagna noodles (5 noodles). I like to overlap them slightly (*see photo). You will need to cut one of the noodles to fit width-wise.
Now add 1/2 of your vegan ricotta cheese and spread out evenly with a spatula or back of a spoon.
Add 1/2 of the spinach and mushroom mixture in an even layer.
Cover the veggies with another layer of sauce.
Add another layer of 5 lasagna noodles.
Cover loosely with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes, until heated throughout. Now uncover and bake for 15 minutes to make it crispy & lightly brown on top. * After that, if you want a crispier top, you can turn on the broiler for 2-4 minutes. *Watch carefully so it doesn't burn.
Let the lasagna rest for 15 minutes before cutting. Cut with a knife and remove with a spatula. Enjoy!
* The spinach seems like a lot but it will cook down considerably
* You'll only need 15 lasagna noodles, but I make the whole box in case some break apart.
* Some jarred sauce can be watery which could make your lasagna watery. To be safe, add 2-3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast to it. If you feel your sauce is quite thick, you can omit this step.
*You can also use a little cornstarch to thicken instead. Make a slurry of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Mix them together and add to simmering sauce. Whisk well and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
* Taste jarred marina for salt. Add more if needed.
* I like my lasagna saucy so I add it generously. Feel free to use less.
* Nutritional info includes vegan ricotta cheese.