Vegetable Lasagna

Since my grandpa passed away a couple months ago, my mom and aunt decided to help my grandmother go through her house to clean it up. Both my grandma and grandpa love(ed) to save things…I unfortunately inherited this packrat tendency.

This cleanup was necessary both because their house contains all sorts of crap, but also because my grandma will be downsizing to an apartment.

Vegetable Lasagna

During the cleanup my mom found and bequeathed to me a collection of recipes my grandfather had saved.

The ironic thing is that my grandfather didn’t cook (though he loved to watch the Food Network), and my grandmother also doesn’t cook…which makes you wonder what exactly he was saving these recipes for.

I think I also inherited his recipe clipping addiction.

Vegetable Lasagna

When my mom mentioned giving me this collection, my grandmother got upset, saying that maybe she would make some of these recipes now…even though she hadn’t made any of them for the last 50 years.

A lot of his recipe clippings came from newspapers and the back of food cartons, and some were hand written ones scribbled while watching cooking shows on tv.

Vegetable Lasagna

The recipes were super organized. He had different envelopes on each of which he wrote a category: Dessert, Salad/Vegetables, Side Dishes, Meat and Poultry, etc. There must have been 10 different categories.

Going through each category I was able to learn a little something about my grandpa- his favorite foods. There were about 20 recipes for the practically the same dish in each category, though the sources varied.

Apparently his favorite dessert was apple crisp/pie, he loved any type of chili, and in the pasta category, he preferred Lasagna.

Vegetable Lasagna

The recipe in this post came about from adapting one of “his” recipes. I think it must have come from the back of some lasagna noodle box, and I have to say that it turned out delicious! I’ll be sharing more of his recipes in the coming weeks.

When my mother gave me my grandpa’s recipe clippings, I knew exactly what I had to do- finally cook the dishes my grandpa had been saving for someone to make.

I guess maybe he was saving it for me :)

Vegetable Lasagna

Hearty Vegetable Lasagna

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Serves 8-10

1 lb lasagna noodles, not the “no boil” ones
1 lb sliced mushrooms
1 bunch broccolini, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2- 26oz jars pasta sauce
1.5 tsp dried italian seasoning
15 oz Ricotta cheese
16 oz (4 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350.

Cook pasta 8 min or until just tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Spread noodles onto a sheet pan coated with cooking spray so noodles don’t stick together.

While pasta is cooking, heat a large saucepan over med-hi heat. Heat oil and add onion. (**You could easily add ground beef here and skip the broccolini if you wanted it to be non-vegetarian). Cook onion 2 minutes then add mushrooms, broccolini and garlic and cook until tender.

Stir in 4 cups (1 1/3 jars) pasta sauce and italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.

Mix ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella and eggs.

Spread 1 cup remaining sauce in greased 9×13 casserole dish.

Layer 5 noodles on top of sauce, slightly overlapping noodles to fit. Spread 2 cups of the veggie sauce over the noodles. Dollop with 1/2 of the ricotta mixture, spreading evenly in pan. Sprinkly with 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese.

Repeat above step, layering noodles, veggie sauce, ricotta, parmesan.

Top with 5 more noodles and top with rest of sauce.

Sprinkle with 2 cups mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered 40 minutes or until bubbly. Put a sheet pan covered with foil underneath to catch any drips.

Let stand 15 minutes. Refrigerate leftovers.

*Note: I found this recipe much better the next day. Some of the sauce gets absorbed into the noodles and it’s not watery.

22 Comments

  1. I want this for breakfast right now!! I love that you inherited your Grandpa’s favourite recipes…what a precious gift and way to remember him. This lasagna looks truly amazing Amy – (I could eat lasagna for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks too… you?) alas, I try to moderate… ;-). Fab photos!

    • hehe, omg, I’m the same way…i could def eat carbs in general for every meal :) I definitely had to go through and throw out a lot of his recipes since they were from crappy sources, but we’ll see how the rest turn out.

      As for the photos, I read this incredible blogpost tutorial about editing on photoshop that explained tools I didn’t understand before, and it helps SO MUCH in making photos taken in sub-par light look better! so thank you!

  2. This is too cool, and something you’ll always remember. I absolutely love going home and looking through my mom and grandma’s old recipes. I think he was definitely saving these recipes for you. :)

  3. Amy, what a treasure bequeathed! you definitely learn so much about a person through the recipes that they keep :). awwwww i can’t wait for more posts that remember your grandfather.

    • I agree! Although my aunt just told me that my grandpa didn’t like lasagna so who knows why he was hoarding lasagna recipes, hehe.

  4. I definitely think the man had some kind of sixth sense that you would become a total foodie/rockstar cook. Grandpas know these things.

    I haven’t had lasagna in way too long, apparently, because i am literally drooling over this! Love!

  5. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350

    What a great treasure trove of recipes! It will be fun for you to remember you Grandpa every time you make one of those recipes. So far it looks like you’ve got at least one winner. This lasagna looks great.

  6. Sweet story, sorry about your grandpa. The lasagna looks really good and and I know they are hard to photograph.

  7. Aww,such a swert story!What a great treasure this is!!I love your lasagna recipe with all the delicious flavors going into it.
    Happy #Pastalove :)

  8. i love when recipes have sentimental value to them — the best ingredient indeed :)

  9. How beautiful! What a lovely post. I also got a couple of recipes from my great-grandmother awhile ago and I think that cooking them is so soul enriching. I’m looking forward to more of these delights from this collection :)

  10. This post was so comforting to read as I have just found out my beloved grandfather has passed away. What is even stranger is I also made lasagna this evening as it is such a comforting dish.
    I hope you and your family are doing ok and thanks for making me feel better :) x

    • Hi Jessica. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandpa. And I’m so glad that my post was able to comfort you even if only a bit :)

  11. Ok, I just want to come over for dinner… NOW!

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