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Pesto Lasagne

Serves 6

We love this plant-based pesto lasagne because it combines simple, fresh ingredients to create a masterpiece of flavour, packed full of veggies. The smooth and creamy white sauce sits perfectly on top of the thick green pesto, layered between sheets of lasagne - it’s all about the layers in this dish! We top it with nutritional yeast which gives it that crisp golden top when it’s baked to perfection, and love to serve it alongside some extra steamed greens.

  • 1 pack of lasagne sheets
  • 200g spinach, roughly chopped
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast

For the pesto

  • 80g pine nuts
  • 80g cashews
  • 25g fresh basil, including stalks
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast
  • 125ml olive oil
  • 100ml water
  • 2 teaspoons of maple syrup (optional)
  • Pinch of salt

For the white sauce

  • 400ml almond milk (plus more if needed)
  • 50g nutritional yeast
  • 50g tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 190C, fan setting.
  2. Make the pesto by placing all of the ingredients into a powerful food processor and blending until a thick, green pesto forms. Once blended, place the pesto into a pan over a medium heat.
  3. Add the chopped spinach and frozen peas and heat until the spinach has wilted. Once wilted, turn off the heat and put to one side until needed.
  4. Make the white sauce by placing the tapioca flour, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, mustard, almond milk and a pinch of salt into a pan over a medium heat, and cook until the mixture begins to bubble, continuously whisking to ensure the mixture stays smooth and doesn’t form any lumps.
  5. Continue whisking until the mixture becomes thick and elastic-like. At this point, remove from the heat and continue whisking to ensure it remains smooth - adding a dash more almond milk if it becomes too thick.
  6. Once ready to assemble the lasagne; spoon one third of the pesto mixture onto the bottom of a baking dish. Top with one quarter of the white sauce and cover with one layer of lasagne sheets. Repeat this process twice more, with pesto sauce, white sauce, lasagne sheets, until you have finished all of the pesto and you are left with lasagne sheets on top. Top with the last of the white sauce.
  7. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and place in the oven to cook for 35-40 minutes until bubbling and golden on top.