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Deconstructed Grilled Vegetable Lasagne

lasagne charred servedThose following restricted diets often come off second best at large sit down catered dinner functions. I understand as well as the next person that if 5 people request a vegetarian, vegan or gluten free option when you’re cooking for 200 people, those few can be treated as an afterthought.

It was a dinner scenario just like this that led to the development of this elegant, tasty, dish that can be varied according to needs, prepared well ahead and placed into the oven to heat through while all the service madness is happening, or plated and served as soon as the noodles have cooked and the vegetables grilled.

My chief taster loves traditional lasagne, I can take or leave it. This version of lasagne is a good compromise, perfect for the warmer months and it keeps us both happy. I make the lasagne with wheat noodles for him, with gluten free noodles for me.

For 2lasagne charred ingreds

1 eggplant (aubergine)

1 red capsicum

2 zucchinis

1 1/2 cups tomato passata well seasoned

1/2 cup basil pesto

6- 8 lasagne noodles, cooked to the manufacturers instruction

90g White cheese, chèvre, feta, ricotta or fiore di latte (can be omitted)

12 black oliveslasagne charred cap

2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts

Fresh basil leaves

Extra virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Slice the eggplants about 1 cm thick, sprinkle them with salt and allow to drain for

20 – 30 minutes. Repeat the process with the zucchinis.

Char the skin of the red capsicum, then immediately put it into a sealed plastic container to loosen the skin. When cool enough to handle, remove the charred skin and the seed from the capsicums and tear into large pieces

Remove the pips from the olives and finely dice.lasagne grill veg

Rinse the eggplants and zucchinis, pat dry on a tea towel, brush the cut surfaces lightly with olive oil, then char grill until soft. Cook the lasagne sheets to the manufacturers instructions, then plunge them into iced water until ready to construct the lasagne.

Lighly oil individual baking dishes, then spoon a small amount of passata over the base. Lay half a lasagna sheet on the passata, add an eggplant slice and a smear of pesto. Add another half a lasagne sheet, some zucchini slices, crumbles feta and a smear of passata. Add another half a lasagne sheet, some red capsuicum and a scattering of olives. Continue layering until the ingredients are used or until you are happy with the serving sizes, a large size for him, a smaller serve for her. Finish with a generous spoonful of passata and some crumbled cheese.

Loosley cover the dishes with aluminium foil. Poke a few steam vents into the covering then bake for 30 minutes.

To serve, top with a chiffonade of fresh basil leaves.

Optional extras

Pine nuts

Slow roasted tomatoes

Preserved artichoke hearts

Prosciutto slices

lasagne served 2



About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

8 comments on “Deconstructed Grilled Vegetable Lasagne

  1. johnnysenough hepburn
    March 4, 2013

    Love that you chargrill or blacken your peppers, as I do. I’m no longer on gas so it’s taken a while to figure out how to use my electric grill/broiler to get the same effect. Was so excited when I finally mastered that one!


    • ladyredspecs
      March 4, 2013

      ….I’ve tried baking, grilling, blanching, peeling with a potato peeler, but the gas jet (and the BBQ) are by far the best way to prepare red peppers. I can imagine your relief!


  2. chef mimiimi
    March 4, 2013

    Beautiful. Does it take a long time to put together like traditional lasagna?


    • ladyredspecs
      March 4, 2013

      The construction is quick. Preparing all the elements takes a little time. It’s a good dish to make if you already have the pesto and passata to hand.


  3. trixfred30
    March 3, 2013

    I do love the look of this – and deconstructed! I like that a lot I am trying to work out how to deconstruct a fish pie at the moment…


    • ladyredspecs
      March 4, 2013

      Thanks, it’s fun to reinvent much loved dishes. While I respect tradition enormously, humans do have a knack for being excited by what’s new! Go for it……😃


  4. Fae's Twist & Tango
    March 3, 2013

    Ingredients are marvelous, and love it with pasta. Yum!


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