if you’re anything like me, you always have masses of bread sitting around that gets thrown out (thank you crispy inn!). it seems like i have to dispose of half a loaf of bread at least once a week! such a shame! one yummy thing to do with bread is bread and butter pudding. another winter fave is croutons. but there’s only so far that will take you!
when i saw the rustic bread and eggplant lasagna on vegan yum yum i was quite excited! i never make lasagna because a) i am too lazy to make my own pasta sheets, b) i never have the pre-made pasta sheets in my cupboard, c) the once occasion i DID have them it took me literally three months to get around to creating lasagna.
inspired by ben’s fabbo efforts at making “meaty” lasagna a couple of weeks ago, the addition of cheese sauce was a must for my culinary satisfaction. contrary to my expectation, the bread didn’t go soggy at all! i used quite a thick tomato sauce which presumably helped.
lazy bread lasagna
- stale bread (about half a loaf of the nice crusty stuff)
- a big eggplant or two
- olive oil (plenty!)
- two cans tomato (diced or crushed)
- a brown onion
- half a head of garlic
- “italian” herbs (basil, thyme, oregano, etc)
- one cup white flour
- three big desert spoons of nuttlex / vegan margarine
- two cups soy milk
- one cup nutritional yeast flakes
- two desert spoons tahini
- a teaspoon of mustard (not the seedy type)
- juice of half a lemon
- salt (to taste)
- some fried garlic (optional)
- cracked pepper
- shallow baking pan
- large deep fry pan
- lasagne dish (i used a square one)
- chopping board and knife
- veggie peeler (if you like)
this takes a little co-ordination, so it’s good to have a little think about how long things take so it all comes together!
1. pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.peel the skin off the eggplant/s – i like to leave it on – and slice the eggplant into 1cm-ish slices. dizzle in oil and place in the baking pan. bake for 20 mins or so.
2. dice the onion and saute in some olive oil until translucent. add in the garlic and herbs, and saute for a further 2 minutes. mix in the two cans of tomato and simmer on a low heat. the aim is to reduce the sauce until it’s nice and thick.
3. whilst the tomato sauce simmers, it’s time to make some “cheesy” white sauce! melt the margarine in a saucepan. sift in the flour. it will look really lumpy and thick – this is ok!
4. add the soy milk, half a cup at a time, stirring constantly. let the mixture slowly heat up and combine before adding more milk. don’t panic – it’ll come together just nicely!
5. once the soy milk is combined, add in the nutritional yeast flakes. you may need to use the back of the wooden spoon to crush any large bits into the mixture.
6. stir in the mustard, tahini, lemon juice and salt. adjust salt to taste. once the sauce reaches the desired thickness (should be pourable, but not runny), take it off the heat.
7. by now the eggplant should be baked thoroughly. take it out of the oven and let it sit for five minutes. in the meantime, slice the bread into 1cm slices. now we’re ready to get layering!
8. spread a thin layer of tomato over the bottom of the pan, and cover with a layer of bread. try and cover most the the pan – you may need to cut some bread slices in half to make them fit better.
9. spread another layer of the tomato sauce and cover with eggplant slices.
10. repeat, layering tomato sauce, then bread, then the last of the tomato and the remaining eggplant. if you are a garlic fiend like me, sprinkle some fried garlic over the last layer of eggplant.
11. cover the lasagne with the cheese sauce. don’t be shy – make it nice and thick! sprinkle with cracked pepper for a little extra kick. bake for half an hour, or until the top is nice and crispy.
12. serve and enjoy!
- breads – this would work nicely with any sort of crusty bread, sourdough or pumpkin loaf is what i’d like to try next.
- add some different veggies – baked capsicum, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes or whole tomato slices
- crush some nuts (e.g. pine nuts or almonds) and sprinkle on top of the cheese sauce for a crunchy topping
- add herbs / spices to the cheese sauce for an extra lift!