The Best Vegan Lasagna

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This Vegan Lasagna Recipe is the absolute best, and it’s also a delicious high-protein pasta dinner! It’s such an ultimate cheesy comfort food dish that’s perfect for both the holidays and regular weeknights!

A serving of cheesy vegan lasagna.

What Makes this Vegan Lasagna the Best?

I have been craving cheesy, sauce-filled comfort food lately, so I decided to make a Vegan Lasagna.

Don’t tell me you need me to convince you to make lasagna? Just kidding. I get that there are a lot of famous lasagna recipes out there, and the word ‘vegan’ might throw you off a little. However, trust me when I tell you that this lasagna is just as cheesy, saucy, and delicious as any other traditional lasagna recipe.

Here are a couple more reasons that this vegan lasagna stands out:

  • It’s the Ultimate Comfort Food: If you’re having a bad day, there’s no way this vegan lasagna won’t turn it around for you. There’s just something about melty, gooey cheese and the aromatic nature of tomato sauce that brings smiles to faces! But, with this lasagna, you get the comfort you need with healthy ingredients mixed in (like eggplant). Don’t feel guilty about indulging a little!
  • It’s Quick: You can have this lasagna on the table, warm from the oven, in just an hour! There are, of course, quicker dinner recipes out there, but for a filling, hearty, Italian-style meal, an hour isn’t too bad. And it’s doable on a weeknight, which is always a plus! Because, let’s be real, that’s when we need comfort food the most.
  • It’s Great for Meal Prep: This vegan lasagna serves 9, so we almost always have leftovers, unless we have guests. Leftovers means delicious, easy workday/weekday lunches, and I’m all about that!
Ingredients for vegan lasagna.

Notes on Ingredients

Time to talk key lasagna ingredients! Everything here is pretty standard, and should look similar to a traditional lasagna recipe, but there are a couple of switch-ups:

  • Noodles: Obviously you’ll need some lasagna noodles for layering! (See tips section below for a quick note on this.) You can get no boil, standard, gluten free or even freshly made.
  • Olive Oil: For sautéing the onion and eggplant cubes.
  • Onion: I used a white onion for this lasagna, diced.
  • Garlic: For extra flavor, minced.
  • Eggplant: You’ll need to evenly cut and cube it before starting.
  • Seasoning: Add a little sea salt, and a little ground black pepper.
  • Vegan Meat Alternative Crumbles: I used Beyond Meat crumbles for this recipe.
  • Tomato Sauce: You can use whatever brand of marinara sauce that you like.
  • Vegan Ricotta: I made my own vegan ricotta, and if you want to I 100% recommend this one, but definitely buy some if you can because it’s quick and easy, and it tastes great.
  • Shredded Vegan Mozzarella: I recommend Nurishh Mozzarella Style Shreds, Miyokos vegan mozzarella, Follow Your Heart or Daiya shreds.
  • Basil: Optional. (This is for a garnish.)

How to Make Vegan Lasagna

I’ll make this quick, because I need you to get to getting to your kitchen to make this vegan lasagna. Lasagna tends to be a labor of love, but one that’s always worth it. This is what you’ll need to do to get it to the table:

Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees F and Cook the Noodles.

Sauté the Eggplant: While pasta is boiling (it took 10 minutes for me) heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté for about 5 minutes, until onions are translucent and fragrant. Add the chopped eggplant, salt and pepper, and cook for another 10 minutes until the eggplants is soft enough that the wooden spoon or spatula can slice right through it.

Cook the Vegan Meat: Add in the vegan beefless crumbles/veggie chunks/crumbled veggie burgers and stir to combine. Cook for about 3 minutes. Depending on yours, you may need to add a bit more salt at this point. Taste and add accordingly. Reduce heat to medium low, add in all the tomato sauces and stir to combine, for about 3 minutes. Taste and add salt accordingly. Remove from heat and set aside.

Begin Building the Lasagna: In a 13” x 9” pan, add 1/2 cup of “meat” marinara sauce mixture on the bottom and spread with a spatula to create an even bottom layer. Cover the bottom with about 4 lasagna noodles lengthwise, overlapping a bit. This will be your first layer.

Continue Building: Next, add about some of the “meat” marinara sauce mixture (just ensure you have enough for 4 even layers) and then 1/3 of the vegan ricotta, and about 1/3 of the remaining vegan mozzarella on top of the ricotta. Repeat layers until you’ve reached the top layer. Add the remaining meat sauce on top then sprinkle/spread the previously set aside 1 cup vegan mozzarella over it.

Bake: Cover the pan with foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes covered. Then broil for about 3-5 minutes of low broil to brown the cheese on top. Top with basil, and allow to set up on the counter for about 10 minutes before cutting into slices. Cut into 9 or 12 even slices. Serve and enjoy!

Tips for Success

If you’ve made it this far without your mouth watering, consider me impressed, because I haven’t!

But, anyway, back to our discussion of vegan lasagna, with some tips that you can implement to make this dinner even easier:

  • Lasagna Noodle Tip: If you can find those no boil sheets, they are even easier to use than regular ones. They allow you to cut down on a step and save some time.
  • Using Shredded vs Grated Cheese: Shreds are easier to measure out, but I always feel like using homemade cheese – or grating a block cheese – gives a more even melt.
  • Add More Cheese: I added a whole lotta extra vegan mozzarella on the top because TREAT YO’ SELF and also lasagna is supposed to be an indulgent meal, so go ahead and indulge.
Vegan lasagna cut into squares.

Serving Suggestions

Lasagna is a pretty filling dinner, but side dishes are still relevant here if you want them to be! These are a couple of things that I like to serve alongside my vegan lasagna:

  • Vegetables: You can serve up sautéed veggies on the side, or add more into the lasagna if you want to. I like sautéed mushrooms, spinach, and even zucchini on the side of this meal.
  • Bread: Make your favorite garlic knots/garlic bread recipe, or just add some slices of crusty bread on the side. Either are great options for soaking up that extra sauce!
  • Salad: Salad goes with anything, and lasagna is no exception. If you’re trying to keep things relatively healthy, I recommend making a small green salad to go with your lasagna.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

You’ll want to store leftovers in an airtight container, and then eat them within 4-5 days. (No issues there, am I right?) To reheat, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and then bake until the lasagna is bubbly and warmed through – add extra cheese if necessary! (Pro Tip: It’s always necessary!)

Can I Freeze This?

Definitely. This lasagna can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month. I like to store individual servings for easy lunches and dinners – I just have to let them thaw overnight in the fridge, and then reheat and enjoy!

A plate of cheesy lasagna with basil.
A serving of cheesy vegan lasagna.

Best Vegan Lasagna Recipe

This Vegan Lasagna Recipe is the absolute best, and it's also a delicious high-protein pasta dinner! It's such an ultimate cheesy comfort food dish that's perfect for both the holidays and regular weeknights!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Ingredients
  • 16 lasagna sheets
  • 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium sized white onion diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large eggplant 14 ounces, evenly cut and cubed
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 9-12 ounces vegan meat alternative crumbles I used Beyond Meat crumbles for this
  • 28 ounces jar or can of tomato sauce
  • 14 ounces jar or can of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups vegan ricotta
  • 3 cups shredded vegan mozzarella
  • basil for garnish optional
Instructions

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, then cook lasagna noodles according to directions on the box, swirling every now and then so they don't stick together.
  • Set aside a cup of vegan mozzarella cheese (this will be for the top layer).
  • While pasta is boiling (it took 10 minutes for me) heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté for about 5 minutes, until onions are translucent and fragrant. Add the chopped eggplant, salt and pepper, and cook for another 10 minutes until the eggplants is soft enough that the wooden spoon or spatula can slice right through it.
  • Add in the vegan beefless crumbles/veggie chunks/crumbled veggie burgers and stir to combine. Cook for about 3 minutes. Depending on yours, you may need to add a bit more salt at this point. Taste and add accordingly. Reduce heat to medium low, add in all the tomato sauces and stir to combine, for about 3 minutes. Taste and add salt accordingly. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a 13” x 9” pan, add 1/2 cup of “meat” marinara sauce mixture on the bottom and spread with a spatula to create an even bottom layer. Cover the bottom with about 4 lasagna noodles lengthwise, overlapping a bit. This will be your first layer.
  • Next, add about some of the “meat” marinara sauce mixture (just ensure you have enough for 4 even layers) and then 1/3 of the vegan ricotta, and about 1/3 of the remaining vegan mozzarella on top of the ricotta.
  • Repeat layers until you’ve reached the top layer. Add the remaining meat sauce on top then sprinkle/spread the previously set aside 1 cup vegan mozzarella over it.
  • Cover the pan with foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes covered. Then broil for about 3-5 minutes of low broil to brown the cheese on top. Top with basil, and allow to set up on the counter for about 10 minutes before cutting into slices. Cut into 9 or 12 even slices. Serve and enjoy!

Video

NOTES
  • Lasagna Noodle Tip: If you can find those no boil sheets, they are even easier to use than regular ones. They allow you to cut down on a step and save some time.
  • Using Shredded vs Grated Cheese: Shreds are easier to measure out, but I always feel like using homemade cheese – or grating a block cheese – gives a more even melt.
  • Add More Cheese: I added a whole lotta extra vegan mozzarella on the top because TREAT YO’ SELF and also lasagna is supposed to be an indulgent meal, so go ahead and indulge.

Serving Suggestions

Lasagna is a pretty filling dinner, but side dishes are still relevant here if you want them to be! These are a couple of things that I like to serve alongside my vegan lasagna:
  • Vegetables: You can serve up sautéed veggies on the side, or add more into the lasagna if you want to. I like sautéed mushrooms, spinach, and even zucchini on the side of this meal.
  • Bread: Make your favorite garlic knots/garlic bread recipe, or just add some slices of crusty bread on the side. Either are great options for soaking up that extra sauce!
  • Salad: Salad goes with anything, and lasagna is no exception. If you’re trying to keep things relatively healthy, I recommend making a small green salad to go with your lasagna.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

You’ll want to store leftovers in an airtight container, and then eat them within 4-5 days. (No issues there, am I right?) To reheat, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and then bake until the lasagna is bubbly and warmed through – add extra cheese if necessary! (Pro Tip: It’s always necessary!)
 

Can I Freeze This?

Definitely. This lasagna can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month. I like to store individual servings for easy lunches and dinners – I just have to let them thaw overnight in the fridge, and then reheat and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1096mg | Potassium: 653mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 443IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 3mg
by Jessica

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20 comments

  1. Ok, I’m making this tomorrow for sure ! 😀

  2. Jessica says:

    Hi Jessica! It’s Jessica from DC. I’m really inspired to make some vegan lasagna now! I used to make it all the time years ago, but back then I used to make my own ricotta with a tofu base. Since our family has really reduced our soy intake, it’s been challenging to find a soy-free ricotta substitute. I found an idea to make a cashew-cheese ricotta, so I’m going to try that. I also wanted to see if you’ve ever made lasagna without cooking the lasagna noodles first? I actually used the un-cooked noodle method successfully, many times! You just have to ensure that each layer has liquid (which can be your pasta or spaghetti/tomato sauce) around it. Cover and bake for 1 hr and then with cover off for about 5 to 12 min, with lots of shredded vegan cheese on top just like you said here. Ok – after writing this comment – I am definitely gonna get my ingredients together and make some lasagna! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sash says:

      I don’t know if Jessica from DC will see this & her comment is a couple of years old but Jessica, hope you have discovered Kite Hill Almond Ricotta. It’s amazing!

  3. Jessica says:

    Hey, Jessica – it’s Jessica from DC again. I forgot to mention that when I’ve made the lasagna with uncooked noodles, I also spread the ricotta mixture onto both sides of each hard/uncooked noodle in each layer. That also helps with moisture to cook the noodles all-at-once while it’s in the oven! 😉

  4. Kay says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for posting this!

    Any substitute you can recommend for the eggplant?

    Thank you!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Kay,

      You’re so welcome! Is it a taste or texture or allergy thing? It helps! Let me know!

      • Kay says:

        It is a taste thing. 🙂

        • Jessica says:

          Hi Kay,

          Got you! You can substitute zucchini or like winter squash for it! Or even mushrooms! I hope you enjoy 🙂

  5. Erin says:

    5 stars
    I sent Jessica’s video of the 3 Thanksgiving main dishes to my parents and asked which they would prefer for me to drop off at the house. The vote was lasagna, and I must say that this was a win. Easy and delicious. The only thing was my Miyokos mozzarella cheese didn’t melt properly on top so I just spread it around after it came out of the oven. It looked pretty good– it tasted 10x better!! Someone even asked in shock “this is vegan?? I couldn’t even tell!” And I would have to agree. You don’t miss out on anything with this recipe. AMAZING. I never thought I’d want lasagna for Thanksgiving, but this one changed my mind. It might even become a holiday tradition after this 🙂

  6. Kathleen says:

    5 stars
    This is a family favourite recipe. We have decided its going to be must for Christmas every year.

    After making this recipe a few times I decided to make it with a middle layer of spinach and ricotta and substitute the vegan mince for lentils+mushrooms and may I say it still tastes amazing.

    I just wanted to say thank you for always providing amazing delicious recipes.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy to hear this Kathleen! thank you for this nice review.

  7. King P says:

    5 stars
    Amazing! I followed the recipe as stated and it turned out great. The taste and texture was perfect for me. I definitely recommend trying this one.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy to read this King. Thanks for the great review!

  8. Richard Pooldaily says:

    5 stars
    About those uncooked noodles- can they be gluten free noodles?
    Thank you SO very much!

  9. Janet says:

    Hi Jessica! This looks amazing! Can suggest an alternative to the Beyond Meat crumbles. I’m not keen on imitating the taste and texture of meat. Thanks!

  10. Lanita Morris says:

    5 stars
    Tried it for dinner tonight and I can’t believe how good it is! It’s everything you promised – creamy, cheesy and comforting. Thank you for bringing lasagna back into my vegan life. Even my non-vegan teenaged son scraped his plate clean. Will definitely be a repeat dinner for us.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Oh wow so happy that your family enjoyed this Lanita! These reviews mean so much!

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