DO you LOVE one pot meals?! One pot meals have to be my favorite kind of meal, guys. First off, because we don’t own a dishwasher soo everything that is cooked up in our kitchen is washed the old-fashioned way by hand. AND secondly, the less dishes the better no matter what night of the week it is, amiright?!
One Pot Lasagna is a meal that we often make around here because it’s easy, seamless to throw together and darn tasty. This Easy One Pot Quinoa Lasagna came together by fluke because I ran out of lasagna noodles so decided to substitute quinoa for the rest of the lasagna noodles and friends, the addition of quinoa in this vegan pasta dish blew we right out of the water!
The quinoa makes this One Pot Quinoa Lasagna sooo darn meaty, hearty and a full-on stick-to-your-bones kind of meal. PLUS, you don’t have to turn your oven on, making this a perfect meal for just about ANY time of the year. Heck, you can even make this One Pot Quinoa Lasagna in the middle of the hot Summer like I did. We just had a full on heat wave in Belgium and there’s no way I’d be turning my stove on for anything. Even lasagna. Well maybe for some cookies 😉
The final step in this dish is mixing in a homemade simple, creamy, vegan cheesy sauce that is whipped up in the blender while the lasagna is cooking in the pan. Mixing the sauce in at the end make this dish sooooooo incredibly cheesaayyy and good!
I mean I seriously can’t handle all that vegan cheeeeeeeeeesy goodness in the last shot, yum! 😉
And I apologize in advance for the Italian-inspired recipes I’ll be sharing this month like this Healthy One Pot Quinoa Lasagna. We are leaving to Tuscany in just under a week and all I can think about is all the wonderful dishes I’ll be discovering and trying to recreate for you guys while away. If you have any favorite Italian dish in particular you’d like me to recreate, let me know in the comments below!
- 2 small white onions
- 4 cloves garlic
- 3 tsp herbes de provence
- ½ - 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ cup vegetable broth (for sauteing)
- 4 heaping cups chopped zucchini (2 small zucchini)
- 2 heaping chups chopped white mushrooms
- ¾ cup quinoa
- 6 lasagna sheets
- 2 cups plain tomato sauce
- 2 cups chopped canned tomatoes
- 1½ cup water
- ⅓ cup cashews, soaked
- 1 - 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 small clove garlic
- 3 tbsp water
- Vegan Parmesan
- Fresh Basil
- Soak your cashews in hot water for the cheese sauce if you don't have a high powered blender while preparing the lasagna.
- Over medium high-heat, in a large and deep pan, sautee the onions and garlic with the herbes de provence and red pepper flakes in a couple splashes of vegetable broth. Sautee until the broth has evaporated and the onions are lightly cooked.
- Add the chopped zucchini and mushrooms, sautee in a couple splashes of vegetable broth for 4 minutes until lightly cooked.
- Rinse the quinoa (this removes the bitter aftertaste). Add the quinoa to the pan and sautee it with the vegetable for 2 minutes.
- Break the lasagna sheets into thirds. Add the broken lasagna sheets to the pan. Cover with tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes and 1 cup of water. Stir lightly, cover and leave to sit for 15 minutes on medium-low heat.
- After about 15 minutes, the quinoa and lasagna noodles should have absorbed most of the water. Stir and additional additional water if necessary (I added an additional ⅓ cup of water). Cover and leave to cook until the quinoa is fully cooked.
- Prepare the cheese sauce while the lasagna is simmering. Rinse the soaked cashews. Add the soaked cashews, nutritional yeast (amount you add will depend on how much you like nutritional yeast - I added 3 tbsps), lemon juice, sea salt, garlic and water to a blender. Blend for a couple minutes until smooth and creamy. I used an immersion stick blender to blend the sauce but any blender should do.
- When the lasagna is ready (the quinoa fully cooked and water absorbed - see photo), add the cheese sauce, and cover for an addition minute. Stir in the sauce. Top with vegan parmesan and fresh basil. Enjoy!
2) Use the amount of red pepper flakes to taste. I used a heaping tsp because I like spicier food!
3) Use Gluten-Free noodles if you need this dish to be gluten-free.
And y’all, it seriously makes my week hearing your feedback and seeing your delicious #CearasKitchen creations 🙂 If you do whip up this One Pot Quinoa Lasagna, leave a comment below and share your photos with me on Instagram @CearasKitchen (and remember to tag #CearasKitchen so I don’t miss it!) or share it on my Ceara’s Kitchen Facebook page. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!
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Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you actually know what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please also visit my site =). We could have a link exchange arrangement between us!
Trying this one tonight! Your butter chickpea curry with the cashews was the first vegan meal I cooked for myself and it’s still a favourite at home 2 years on.
Alexandra Colacito says
I’ve been vegan for 4 years now and cooking pretty much every day. I’ve tried so many hundreds of recipes and this is in my top 10 list of favorites. So flavorful. Not a single adjustment to the recipe needs to be made. LOVE IT!
Your comment means the world to me!! Thank you! So happy the recipe is a favourite!
This looks like an incredible lasagna recipe to try, Ceara! Do you have any alternative suggestions for those of us severely allergic to cashews though? Or is there another way to make this “cheese” sauce? Thanks! 🙂
I am so making this tonight! Vegetarian going plant based. SO glad I found this site. Keep the recipes coming!
Enjoy the lasagna and the recipes! Congratulations on going plant-based!! 🙂
Eating this right know and loving every bite!
I’m not vegan but was really curious about the cashew-cheese-sause. It’s delicious!
I am so happy you enjoyed the lasagna, Charlotte!! Cashew cheese really is sooo yummy. 🙂
OH MY GOODNESS!!! This is awesome. Even my boyfriend loved it and he’s all about dead carcass and cheese. This is a total keeper.
Yay!! Happy you and your boyfriend enjoyed the lasagna! This is one I often make for non-vegans as well and it’s always a hit. Thank you 🙂
Delicious! My family really enjoyed this meal! We didn’t have zucchinis but substituted carrots and celery first time and green peppers and carrots second time. Thank you for such a tasty and easy recipe!!!
I am so glad to hear you and your family enjoyed this recipe! Love that you used your veggies on hand! 🙂
Shayna Medinger says
Thank you for this! I’ve been looking for new ways to use quinoa, and this is incredible. The only thing I didn’t like was how lemony the “cheese” was. Personally, I would add way less. But I did add some basil and oregano to it, which helped offset the flavor. Overall, this was amazing — and so easy to customize. A+!
Thank you, Shayna! So happy you enjoyed the One Pot Quinoa! You can def. adjust the lemon to your taste – I love a lot of tangy lemon flavor in my cheese sauces. The addition of oregano and basil sounds lovely.
I just had to stop back to say that I FINALLY remember to try this again, with the tweaks I had wanted last time. I lessened the lemon juice in the sauce and actually ended up doubling the sauce recipe, too — I loooove the cheeze sauce!! It turned out INCREDIBLE, and I just had to thank you since it’s one of the best meals I’ve made in a long time!
Yay! So glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
Hi, do you happen to know the nutritional information of this recipe. Looks good, but I don’t have a huge limit to work with.
Made this last night! Wife and I loved it! Look forward to making it again soon!
This looks amazing. I’m thinking about preparing tHis in advance for a camping trip. Does it reheat well, do you know? Would you recommend not combining the cheese sauce if being served the next day? Thanks!
Thank you, Christine!
I would not recommend mixing the cheese sauce in advance. I’d warm it up and add it right before eating it on your trip 🙂 Also, if you make this in advance, I’d under-cook the noodles a bit so they stay a bit firm when you reheat the lasagna! I’d love to know your results if you end up trying it!
Sam Kear says
This turned out very tasty and it was super easy to make! It was very hearty and satisfying too. I look forward to making it again.
Yay! So happy you enjoyed the lasagna and thank you for the lovely feedback! 🙂
Jill P says
This was delisious everyone was crazy about this lasagna!!!
Yay! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! So happy you enjoyed it 🙂
Made this the other night–so so good. Everyone in the family loved it! I’m not a big mushroom fan (really?! Yes really) so I subbed with a diced red pepper (added with onion) and big handful of torn spinach (added with cheese at end) and it was perfect. Recommend!! Also should note makes a great pan-full amount–this is going on the holiday menu make list when family visit .
Easy to make! Very tasty! Big hit at my home! Keep the Lovely recipes coming!
Thank you Ceara
So happy you enjoyed the recipe, KikiDC!!! Thank you for the wonderful feedback 🙂
The Vegan 8 says
I absolutely love one pot dishes and what a creative way to do lasagna! Looks so flavorful!! I’m not a huge quinoa fan, but the fact that it’s just added with a bunch of the lasagna noodles, I could totally do! All of the flavors are so amazing. Looks so hearty, filling and super healthy! Another amazing recipe from you Ceara!
Thank you SO much, Brandi!!! The quinoa really does blend in with the sauce and noodles and makes this dish so darn hearty 🙂 <3
Are the lasagna noodles the no boil kind?
The no boil or regular kind work well in this recipe 🙂
Michele @ Two Raspberries says
oh my gosh I LOVE lasagna and your take on it looks freakin delicious! 😉 pinning this for sure I definitely want to try this!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
Why have I never thought to add quinoa in to a lasagna? Sounds like a great way to add some extra protein to me!
The quinoa seriously make the lasagna SO hearty! Thank you Dannii 🙂
oh girl! One pot dishes just rock! My hubs and family LOVE lasagna and I this easy fabulous looking dish will make them all super happy! Pinning for later. What a great summery dish!
Jessica @ TwoGreenPeas says
Wow!! This is such a great idea, can’t wait to give it a try!
Yay! Thank you Jessica, plase let me know if you give it a go 🙂
kate / vegukate says
Oh my gosh, YES! I have never thought to make a quinoa inspired lasagna before, but now I think I must try! 😀
The quinoa seriously makes it so darn meaty and hearty!! Thank you, Kate! 😀
Bianca @ ElephantasticVegan says
Yummy! Lasagne is one my favs but I’ve never thought of making a no-bake version ^.^ Love it!!
<3 We are all about the no bake lasagna around here! It's SO much easier to make and doesn't heat up the whole house :D :D Thanks girl!
Natalie | Feasting on Fruit says
As if QUINOA lasagna wasn’t awesome enough, you’ve made it into an easy one pot masterpiece! I rarely make lasagna because it can be a lot of work, but you’ve totally solved that problem for all of us 🙂 This looks fantastic Ceara!
<3 Thank you so much, Natalie!! xo