9th Penny Pinching Party • Jen's Vegetable Lasagna

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Okay, okay, okay. I have finally taken the time to type up one of my most asked for recipes, my Vegetable Lasagna. It has sort of been my secret recipe for many years and I have selfishly kept it to myself. My mom started making this recipe when I was a teenager and it was one of the first recipes I learned. Over the years I have made my own modifications. My kids have never liked the texture of cottage cheese and my daughter gets a rash from too much dairy, so I use tofu. It looks just like cottage cheese and adds much more nutrition to the dinner.
This lasagna takes a little longer to make, but is so worth it.

I think any recipe qualifies for my Penny Pinching Party because cooking is almost always healthier and cheaper than eating out. This is also a great recipe to make if you have fresh vegetables from the garden.

Jen's Vegetable Lasagna
1 onion, chopped (chop 2 and save 2nd for layer 3)
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp. olive oil
1 15 oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 cans tomato sauce
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. pepper

Saute onions and garlic in oil until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1 cup water, basil, salt, oregano and pepper.
Simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Layer 1 - Noodles
9 lasagna noodles cooked in boiling salted water.

Layer 2 - Tofu Mixture
1 C cottage cheese or 1/2 block soft tofu
1/2 C grated parmesan cheese
1 T chopped fresh parsley
1/2 t. pepper

Combine these 4 ingredients in a bowl.

Layer 3 - Vegetables
2 med. zucchini, sliced
2 med. carrots, sliced thin
4 oz. mushrooms, sliced thin
1 small onion, chopped
1 pkg (10 oz.) fresh spinach (frozen works)

In a nonstick skillet, coated with vegetable oil over med-high heat, saute vegetables until tender, adding water 1 T at a time as needed to keep vegetables from sticking.

Layer 4 - Mozzarella
1/2 - 1 lb. mozzarella cheese shredded

In a 12x9 pan add 1/2 C sauce, 3 noodles, 1/3 the tofu mixture, 1/3 the vegetables, 1/3 mozzarella and some sauce. Repeat layering ending with some sauce and remaining mozzarella. Cover with foil and bake 15-20 minutes at 400 until hot.
Click HERE for a printable version.

And now for the Party!
Welcome to my 9th Penny Pinching Party. This is a party that I host every Wednesday where you can link up any post that has to do with saving money or stretching a buck.
*Add the permalink to the specific blog post, not your general blog address.
*Link back to the party from your post so everyone can join in the fun!
If you have my Penny Pinching Party button on your blog, I may feature you when I highlight my favorite Penny Pinching ideas in a future post.
*You have until Sunday to get your link up.

Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday everyone!!!


  1. Oh, YUM! I adore lasagna, but I, too have to be careful about dairy, so this looks perfect!

  2. This recipe looks great! We love lasgna and to be honest, the meat is the least important for us. We are all about the cheese! LOL

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    This is my first visit nd linkup to your blog! I introduced my reader's to this blog and hope hey check it out. Lots of fun things to read about!

  3. Thanks for posting about this! I can't wait to give it a try.