Best Vegetarian Lasagna

This vegetarian lasagna recipe is my favorite dish to make for family and friends! Filled with savory roasted vegetables, it's healthy and delicious.

Best vegetarian lasagna

Vegetarian lasagna was the first big dinner that I learned to make. Even way back in college, veggie lasagna would always be the main event when I made a meal for a group. Nowadays, I still make it anytime I’m serving a crowd, and I love it as a Sunday supper because I can put that day’s farmers market haul to good use. It’s easy, foolproof, and fun to make, and who doesn’t love to share stories at the table over red sauce and pasta?!

I’m not sure why it took me so long to get a great vegetarian lasagna recipe on the site, but now that it’s here, we’re obsessed! This veggie lasagna recipe is savory and satisfying, filled with loads of roasted veggies, a creamy tofu-basil ricotta, noodles, and plenty of marinara sauce. I think you’re going to love it!

Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe Ricotta in a food processor

Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe Components

My veggie lasagna recipe includes these essential components:

  • Roasted vegetables – The caramelized roasted veggies really amp up the flavor in this hearty vegetarian dish. The vegetables cook down as they roast, so a LOT of them can fit in this recipe. I start with over 5 cups of chopped vegetables, and I sprinkle in some chopped kale for good measure! Feel free to swap in whatever veggies you have on hand. I used mushrooms, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, fennel, and carrots, but yellow squash, broccoli, eggplant, and/or bell pepper would also be delicious.
  • Tofu-basil ricotta – This dairy-free substitute for ricotta cheese is so yummy that no one will know that they’re eating tofu – promise! I layer the ricotta mixture in between the lasagna noodles, and I top the whole thing with grated mozzarella. Of course, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese would be fantastic here as well.
  • Lasagna noodles – Don’t use no-boil lasagna noodles in this recipe. Because the veggies are cooked ahead of time and the tofu mixture takes the place of cheese, there’s no need to bake this dish for as long as you would a traditional lasagna recipe. As a result, no-boil noodles won’t cook through.
  • Marinara sauce – I like to make mine from scratch or use jarred Bertolli® Organic Fire Roasted Garlic Marinara. Yum!

Boiling noodles

 

How to Make Vegetarian Lasagna

Making this vegetarian lasagna is easy! Here’s what you need to do:

First, roast the vegetables. Toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and bake until they’re golden brown and tender.

While the vegetables roast, make the tofu ricotta. Crumble the tofu into a food processor along with the nutritional yeast, lemon zest and juice, red pepper flakes, oregano, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Process until creamy, and then pulse in a big handful of fresh basil leaves.

Layering noodles onto vegetables and marinara sauce

Then, cook the noodles in a large pot of salted boiling water until they’re al dente.

When these components are ready, layer everything together! Spread a layer of tomato sauce at the bottom of a large baking dish. Top it with a layer of noodles, followed by the ricotta mixture, roasted vegetables, chopped kale, and more sauce. Repeat the layers, finishing with a final layer of noodles and sauce. Sprinkle the whole thing with grated mozzarella cheese, and bake!

Vegetarian lasagna recipe

Bake the lasagna until the cheese on top is browned and bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes. Check the lasagna halfway through the cooking time. If the cheese is too brown, cover it with foil and bake it for the remaining time.

Then, remove it from the oven and let it rest for 20 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Veggie lasagna

What to Serve with Veggie Lasagna

This vegetarian lasagna is delicious on its own, but it also pairs well with all sorts of healthy side dishes. Serve it with a Caesar, kale, or green salad or a veggie side dish like roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted cauliflower, or lemon green beans. It would also be fantastic with a slice of homemade focaccia bread.

Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days, or freeze them for up to a month! I like to freeze individual slices for quick lunches during the week.

Vegetarian Lasagna

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Best Vegetarian Lasagna

rate this recipe:
5 from 17 votes
Serves 8
The best roasted vegetable lasagna recipe! This easy, homemade vegetarian lasagna is packed with leeks, fennel, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, kale, and more!

Ingredients

Roasted Vegetables (yield 5 heaping cups raw veggies)

  • 1 large leek, white and light green parts, chopped
  • ½ medium red onion, chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 carrots, slice into thin rounds
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, stemmed and halved
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into ¼-inch thick half moons
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, left whole
  • extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

"Ricotta" Filling

  • 23 ounces extra firm tofu, drained and patted dry
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup loose-packed fresh basil

For the lasagna

  • 12 lasagna noodles*
  • 24 ounces store-bought or Homemade Marinara
  • 1 packed cup chopped kale
  • 2 cups grated smoked mozzarella cheese
  • sliced basil, for garnish

Instructions

  • Roast the vegetables: Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the vegetables on the baking sheet and toss with a drizzle of olive oil and pinches of salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and soft. Remove the vegetables from the oven and reduce the oven heat to 375°F.
  • Make the "ricotta": Break the tofu apart and place it in a food processor along with the nutritional yeast, lemon juice and zest, olive oil, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper and process until creamy. Add the basil and pulse until incorporated.
  • In a large pot of salted boiling water, prepare the noodles according to the package directions, cooking until al dente.
  • Assemble the lasagna: Drizzle the bottom of an 8x12 or 9x13 pan with olive oil. Spread 1 cup of the marinara sauce into the bottom of the baking dish and layer with 4 lasagna noodles. Spread with half of the ricotta mixture, half of the roasted vegetables, half of the chopped kale, and 2/3 cup of sauce. Add the next layer of 4 noodles and top with the remaining ricotta, the remaining roasted vegetables, remaining kale, and 2/3 cup of sauce. Top with the last layer of noodles, the remaining sauce, and the shredded cheese. Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Check half way through the cooking time and if the cheese is becoming too browned, cover it loosely with foil. Remove the lasagna from the oven and let it sit for 20 minutes before slicing. Garnish with sliced basil.

Notes

*Note: do not use no-boil lasagna noodles.

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  1. Giovanna
    04.15.2018

    How much ricotta do I add?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.15.2018

      none, the filling is a creamy ricotta-like filling made with tofu 🙂

  2. Mary Denis
    04.15.2018

    Curious -I might wanna try this!
    I know I’m not fond of zucchini, so that would be omitted straight off, my other concern is fennel …that it might have that licorice taste …that I’m also not very fond of!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.15.2018

      Hi Mary, you can use vegetables that you are fond of – just try to make the total amount of chopped raw vegetables about 5 cups. You could increase the amount of mushrooms, or use chopped red bell pepper, for example, instead. Hope that helps!

  3. beth
    04.15.2018

    This looks delicious! I’ve been trying to find a solid vegetarian lasagna recipe, and this fits the bill perfectly. Can’t wait to try it, thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.20.2018

      I hope you enjoy it!!

  4. Kathryn
    04.16.2018

    This looks perfect and I love that it can be customised to personal tastes and whatever is in season. I love that Staub dish too!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.20.2018

      ha, I’m quite obsessed with that dish too :). I hope you love the lasagna!

  5. Laura
    04.16.2018

    Hi, Jeanine —

    I love that you made a vegan ricotta. Do you think I could make the whole thing vegan by just leaving the cheese off the top? Or would you recommend something else?

    Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.20.2018

      Hi Laura, you can leave the cheese off the top, no need to substitute (the ricotta is rich enough on it’s own). Just cover the pan with foil and bake it for less time so that the noodles don’t dry out. Hope that helps!

      • Laura
        04.25.2018

        Thanks so much! I’m excited to try it soon!

      • Kay Lee from loveandlemons
        04.25.2018

        Have you ever tried using the vegan “cheese”? I wonder if it melts as well as real cheese. I need vegan recipes for a grandson.

        • Fredrick
          09.30.2018

          5 stars
          I love this recipe, and I make it all the time as a vegan entree, leaving out the cheese altogether. I double the sauce, and the flavor balance is fabulous with everything else just as written.

          • Jeanine Donofrio
            10.02.2018

            Hi Fredrick, I’m so so happy to hear that you love it so much!

  6. 5 stars
    Well you can bet that I will be trying this! I’m not a lasagna fan usually and I think that’s because it’s always so heavy and enriched in a little too much cheese. However, this creation seems to be the opposite and I cannot wait to try it this week 🙂

    http://www.beingisabella.com

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.20.2018

      This one is a little bit lighter, I hope you enjoy!!

  7. Gaby Dalkin
    04.16.2018

    Sunday nights aren’t complete without a filling dinner like this 🙂

  8. Alise from voguevegetarian.com
    04.17.2018

    5 stars
    This was SO good and flavorful. I made it last night and it tops my list for favorite lasagna! I followed the recipe exactly other than only using 9 noodles (because I didn’t overlap them as shown) and added more garlic to the “ricotta”. Your tofu ricotta is perfectly balanced and so delicious! I saved some of the leftovers (didn’t need it all) for dipping veggies into. It really tastes like creamy ricotta, better even! Brilliant recipe!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.20.2018

      HI Alise, I’m so glad you loved it! Thanks for taking a minute to come back and let me know!!

  9. nice ingredients, I usually don’t put all of these together in anything, a lasagna is a good place to start, so thank you for this very creative recipe!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.20.2018

      thanks Sabrina!

  10. Lucy
    04.19.2018

    Looks amazing! Would it hold up if you prepped one or two days in advance and then kept in the fridge until ready to bake?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.20.2018

      hmm… I’m not sure. I *think* it would be fine, but I haven’t actually tried. The reheated leftovers were delicious all week though 🙂

      • Jeanette
        10.20.2018

        I made it two days ahead of time and it was delicious!

        Do you have any idea about the calories? Thanks so much!

        • Jeanine Donofrio
          10.21.2018

          I’m so glad you loved it! I don’t count calories, so I’m not sure (it takes the joy out of healthy eating for me).

  11. Julie
    04.19.2018

    5 stars
    Made this tonight because (oddly enough) I had most of the veggies on hand; it was delicious! Not too heavy, lots of veggies – just right. I cut the tofu in half because I don’t like a lot of “ricotta” filling in my lasagne and used regular shredded motz because I had that on hand too. Thanks for a great recipe, I just started following your blog and I’m glad I did!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.20.2018

      I’m so glad you loved it! Welcome!!

  12. Maureen
    04.22.2018

    Can you use the no-cook lasagna noodles?

  13. Billy Parisi
    04.26.2018

    5 stars
    Is there anything more comforting than lasagna? This looks incredible!

  14. Susan
    05.09.2018

    5 stars
    Made this last night, it was delicious!

  15. Am going to make this lasagna soon! I have been switching to more meatless meals and am very excited to try this. Will let you know how it turns out. Great blog

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.19.2018

      Thanks Jill, I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  16. Karen
    09.05.2018

    Love your lasagna pan, what brand is it and where can I find it?

  17. Harki
    09.08.2018

    Does anyone happen to know the Nutritional Facts of this recipe? Can’t wait to try it!!

  18. Terri W
    10.02.2018

    Thank you for sharing. I love this recipe! I’m getting ready to prepare it for a big group so it’ll be interesting to hear what the comments from carnivores will be. 😊. I’m not vegan but I prefer this mock ricotta to real ricotta. It’s now my go to veggie lasagna!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.03.2018

      Ha, I think the key is to not tell them it’s tofu 🙂

  19. Sarah
    10.09.2018

    5 stars
    I was wild and made a weeknight version of this with spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, and leeks (of course!). I used no-boil noodles, which were a bit dry and chewy on the edges. Any advise? I am going to try it again (on a Sunday, so I can roast the veggies) with Chao cheese and covering the lassagne with foil for the last five minutes in the oven.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.10.2018

      Hi Sarah, I’d boil the noodles. In my experience, no-boil noodles have only worked with very cheesy lasagnas that bake for at least 45 minutes so that the moisture from the cheese has time to cook the noodles. Because of the tofu filling, this one has a shorter bake time, so I’d definitely recommend cooking the noodles through before assembling. Hope that helps!

      • Sarah
        12.25.2018

        Hey there. This was my 2018 Christmas Lasagna! Boiling the noodles makes a huge difference. I opted for dry basil given the time of year, eggplant for the zucchini, and vegan cheese. Wonderful recipe for a lazy afternoon – thank you.

        • Jeanine Donofrio
          12.27.2018

          Yay, I’m so glad that it worked better boiling the noodles 🙂

      • Angelique Cooper
        11.13.2019

        I know this is a year later .
        This recipe is wonderful!
        Just want to add that boiling no boil noodles is no good.
        They stuck together like nobody’s business.
        I’ll make this again with boil first noodles-because you are right- the no boil noodles if cooked as directed soak up so much liquid.
        Thanks for the great recipe- just thought I’d pass my experience along.

  20. Victoria Watts
    10.15.2018

    5 stars
    This recipe turned out amazing! I did sub in ricotta cheese instead of the tofu but just out of personal preference! Will make this recipe many times more

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.15.2018

      Hi Victoria, I’m so glad you loved it!! Thanks for coming back to let me know – it makes my day!

  21. Amy
    01.01.2019

    5 stars
    This recipe is so good. I actually made this for my parents for Christmas dinner. It was perfect because it could be assembled and put in the oven ahead of time which left lots of visiting time for me when they arrived. I found out my dad was really worried about it— to him lasagna has meat sauce. There’s no other way. I hadn’t even revealed that it was vegan (I used a vegan cheese that melts and browns on top— not necessary to have that top layer if you want to keep all vegan but it was delicious). Well, my mom had seconds, my dad said he would have again, and my husband and I have a new favorite recipe. Seriously, I plan on making this one a lot— probably my favorite lasagna recipe I’ve had. Thanks so much, Jeanine!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.02.2019

      Hi Amy, ooh, I’m so glad it was such a hit with the whole family! 🙂

  22. meg
    01.02.2019

    Would this freeze well? I know lasagna does in general, but I’ve never worked with tofu ricotta. I would love to make it but I cook just for me. Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.02.2019

      Hi Meg, it does freeze well! I stored leftover slices in freezer-safe glass containers. I hope you enjoy!

  23. Zully
    01.05.2019

    Dear J.,
    Yesterday I came across your veggie lasagna on the net, went to the store and got me all ingredients. Today I made it, and it came out delicious! I was a little esceptical about the “tofu-ricotta” but it tastes awesome! And, you just answered my question on the previous post. I’ll freeze my leftovers. Thank you!!
    Zully

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.06.2019

      Hi Zully, I’m glad you loved the lasagna (and even the tofu!). Thanks for coming back to let me know 🙂

  24. HeatherSeattle
    01.07.2019

    I just wanted to let you know how much i LOVED this recipe!!! I had some Kite Hill ricotta on hand so i just used that instead of the tofu (but i’ve made tofu ricotta before with success!) and added the basil and crushed red pepper flakes to it and omg it was all so good. will DEFINITELY be making this recipe again! Thank you!!! I have one question though – i’m already thinking of making it again – could you assemble and freeze and thaw & bake or would you assemble, bake & freeze?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.07.2019

      Hi Heather! I’m so glad you loved it! I haven’t tried assembling it and freezing it before baking – I *think* it should work, because most lasagnas freeze well like that… if you try it, can you let me know how it goes?

  25. Waldo
    01.14.2019

    I don’t normally review recipes but just made this yesterday and ate tonight for dinner. Loved it!!! Did not miss the ricotta cheese at all. The tofu ricotta was very rich. My only change was using some homemade basil pesto in the “tofu ricotta” since it is winter and fresh basil is a site for sore eyes at the grocery store. I just hope my husband does not like it so I get all of the leftovers, but I am not optimistic on that one!

  26. Jen
    02.08.2019

    5 stars
    Tried this recipe tonight in a 9×9 pan with Rao’s sauce and whole wheat no boil noodles. My husband and I are not vegan so he was skeptical of the tofu ricotta. We were both pleasantly surprised. Next time I think I will even skip the milk cheeses I added to the top, they really weren’t necessary with the tasty ricotta. I will definitely make this again 🤤

  27. Harita
    03.10.2019

    Can you please leave a link to the Staub dish?

  28. jkang
    06.03.2019

    Just made this – great recipe! Love all the veggies. Biggest surprise was the “ricotta” filling. Kids loved it- more than regular ricotta cheese. I thought the consistency of the tofu mixture was great- I’d use it as a spread as well. Had a hummus like quality. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      06.07.2019

      Oh, I’m so glad to hear that you and your family loved it so much!

  29. Haley
    06.30.2019

    5 stars
    I’ve made this for both my non-vegetarian boyfriend and family. It was a huge hit! Used vegan cheese instead of mozzarella, and the jarred marinara I had on-hand. Turned out awesome. Thanks for the delish recipe 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.10.2019

      I’m so glad it was a hit!!

  30. AJ
    11.04.2019

    Possible to add a drop of two of liquid smoke to the tofu-ricotta to make a smoky flavor and in-place of the smoked mozzarella? I only have normal mozzarella on hand (didnt know there was smoked mozzarella) but love the idea of a smoky cheese/smoky lasagna.
    Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.04.2019

      Hi AJ, I personally don’t love the artificial taste of liquid smoke and I think regular mozzarella would be just fine! You could also try adding a pinch of smoked paprika to your marinara if you really wanted a touch of smoky flavor. Hope that helps!

  31. Chantal
    01.23.2020

    Do you really need the nutritional yeast in the tofu filling? If so, what is the difference between active dry yeast and nutritional yeast?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.24.2020

      Hi Chantal, you can skip it if you want. Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast that has a slight cheesy flavor. It’s often added to non-dairy creamy recipes, but this recipe will be fine without it. Active dry yeast is totally different.

  32. Elizabeth
    03.27.2020

    Hi Jeanine! This lasagna looks great! I have most of the ingredients, but in smaller amounts. Since we’re trying to avoid having to go out, I was thinking I’d just make a smaller lasagna, and I was hoping you could advise on pan size. How big is the big pan that you used? And, this might be a long shot, but do you have any sense of how using a ceramic (Corningware) pan might affect the cooking time? Than you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes. I have loved every single one I”ve made 🙂

    • Elizabeth
      03.27.2020

      Oh, wait, duh, I just saw that you listed pan size further down in the instructions. Sorry about that. Must. Read. Whole. Recipe. First. Anyway, thank you again for your marvelous recipes 🙂

      • Jeanine Donofrio
        03.28.2020

        Ha :). Yes, a ceramic Corningware pan will work just fine!

        • Elizabeth
          03.29.2020

          5 stars
          Thank you so much for the quick response! I made your recipe as soon as I saw it and it came out amazing!!! Even though I didn’t have all the ingredients (including what I would have assumed to be critical – the mozzarella – I just used a couple oz Parmesan on top), it was just so so so good. And like you said, no one could tell it wasn’t real ricotta. Excited to try this once I can get my hands on all the ingredients again. Such a wonderful versatile recipe. I am curious, though – how long does it take you to make this – start to finish? I’m a slow cook and it took me aaaaall afternoon,. And totally worth it 🙂

          • Jeanine Donofrio
            03.29.2020

            Hi Elizabeth, I’m glad you loved it and that it was so flexible! There are a few things you can do in advance to speed things up: the ricotta can be made a day or so in advance (or you could skip it and use regular store-bought ricotta and mix in herbs). The veggies could be roasted the day before. Of course, assembling lasagna is just a bit time consuming!

  33. Kelsey
    04.20.2020

    5 stars
    This lasagna is great!! I’ve made it with different batches of veggies, and it’s always awesome. The tofu ricotta has been loved by vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.22.2020

      Hi Kelsey, I’m so glad it’s been a hit with everyone!

  34. greg
    07.16.2020

    If Im using ACTUAL ricotta instead of tofu, should I still mix all that stuff with the ricotta or should i just use ricotta by itself?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.16.2020

      Hi Greg, I would mix these things into the ricotta for flavor: lemon zest, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

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