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Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna – better than any meat contemporary!

Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna - better than any meat contemporary |

For all those out there that say a vegetarian zucchini lasagna can’t be as good as one made from meat, you’re wrong. So wrong.

Once you have a good lasagna recipe under your belt, you know you’re getting somewhere in the culinary world.

It’s important to put a little time to the side for a good lasagne – and one that doesn’t include meat is great to have in your arsenal.

There are so many reasons for not eating meat – see here for a stark reminder.

I used to eat a lot of meat, and a lot of lasagna. And so I now have one thing to say – bollocks to the veggie haters, this is the best lasagna ever. Best. Lasagna. Ever.

Don’t believe me? That’s fine, taste is subjective anyway. But make your decision after you’ve tried it.

Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna - better than any meat contemporary |
Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna - better than any meat contemporary |

I will agree that lasagna needs a certain type of ‘meaty’ flavour, after all it was originally a meat dish.

But that’s easily possible thanks to spelt grains or freekeh, which take on an amazing, smoky, deep flavour when cooked in stock.

The pleasingly-chewy texture feels like the consistency of meat too, and is more than a replacement – it’s even better 😉

Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna - better than any meat contemporary |

Health Benefits – Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna

As if this dish couldn’t get any better – it can.

Although no lasagne will ever be the healthiest meal in the world, it has a lot going for it through the spelt and the veg (spelt is a great source of both fibre and protein) – and we have a cheeky trick to massively reduce the calories and carbs involved.

We’re already big fans of swapping out pasta for zucchini (I’m looking at you zoodles!), and the same can be done here if wanted.

You simply slice a zucchini up nice and thin (I use this one, it’s great), and layer it in the place of pasta sheets.

Low carb, low calorie (around just ⅛ of regular pasta!) and much less likely to send you to sleep directly after eating 😉

So what point do I want to prove here? Essentially that amazing meals can all be made meat-free, whether it’s lasagna, chickpea curry, or chili con carne.

Try, and see if you feel the same. What have you got to lose?

Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna - better than any meat contemporary |
Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna
5 from 11 votes
Having a good lasagna recipe under your belt means you’re really getting somewhere in the culinary world. And this the Best Lasagna Ever. Go on, shine.
Diet: egg-free
Prep Time:35 minutes
Cook Time:35 minutes
Total Time:1 hour 10 minutes
Servings:4 big servings




Version 1 – with lasagna sheets

  • Fry the spelt in a large pan for around 2-3 minutes on a medium heat (no oil). Watch out it doesn’t burn! Just as it starts to release its aroma and turn brown, add the stock and stir well. Turn the heat off and let the spelt sit for 20 minutes, stirring now and then. If the pan cools down completely, let it simmer on a low heat instead.
  • Dice the zucchini, onion and all other veg into tiny pieces.
  • After 20 minutes, add the zucchini, onion and any other veg into the spelt, along with the tomato puree and tomato paste.
  • Also add salt, pepper and basil. Taste test, and if the tomato wasn’t particularly sweet, add a tsp sugar to offset it. Let it all simmer on a low-medium heat for around 10 mins.
  • If cooking for fussy children who don't like to see things like zucchini in their food, then you can use a handblender here to blend the veggies together.
  • Prep time next: Add ⅓ of the spelt/veg mix to an oven tray. Layer lasagna sheets over it, and on top of that add ⅓ bechamel sauce, using a spoon to spread it over the sheets . Add the next ⅓ spelt/veg mix, more lasagna sheets and another ⅓ bechamel sauce. Finally add the rest of the veg mix and another layer of bechamel sauce (no more lasagna sheets). On the top layer, sprinkle the grated cheese. Ready!
    Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna - better than any meat contemporary |
  •  Into the oven for 35 minutes on 200°C/390°F, or until a deep golden brown. Best lasagna ever.

Version 2 – with zucchini strips

  • In this version you're using zucchini strips to replace the lasagna sheets (lower carb and calories). Make the lasagna as directed above, but only dice one zucchini. Slice the other into thin strips (I use a cheese slicer) and put it into an oven dish (you can use the one you're gonna cook the lasagne in to save on washing up.)
    Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna - better than any meat contemporary |
  • Add a tbsp of olive oil and make sure it’s spread evenly over the zucchini slices. 
  • While the spelt is simmering pop the slices in the oven for 20 mins, taking them out when you add the rest of the veg to the spelt (you need to let them cool down for a few minutes).
  • When you’re ready, layer out the lasagna as directed above, but simply replace the lasagna sheets with zucchini slices. Easy!
  • The most awesome lasagna ever is ready.


TIP: add any other veg that needs using up, I used cauliflower once and it was spectacular!
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: then this vegan bolognese is well worth looking at! And so is this creamy risotto. Amazing.
Please note: our nutritional information card comes from version 2 of the recipe – just add pasta sheets to the total when using version 1.


Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna
Serving Size
390 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Is the nutritional information with or without lasagna sheets?

    1. Hi Kirsty! Thanks for your question, actually we had a small mistake in the nutritional calculation. We’ve corrected it now and it includes all the listed ingredients (including lasagna sheets and bechamel sauce). Enjoy!

  2. What can I use instead of Freekeh/Spelt ?

    1. Hi Sandra, that’s a tricky one actually! I find in this recipe it’s really the spelt that gives it that slightly meaty flavour. Would it be possible to order spelt/freekeh somewhere? I do highly recommend this dish, it’s one of my secret faves! That being said, maybe chopped mushrooms would do the job as well? 🙂

  3. What are your thoughts on ricotta cheese instead of béchamel?

    1. That would definitely work as well, KF! I know there are some awesome ricotta lasagnas out there. I tend to prefer bechamel though 😉

    2. Yep, that would definitely work too! If you want to be a bit naughtier, sauce Hollandaise is absolutely fantastic in it. I had it last night. And the leftovers reheated for lunch today 🙂

  4. Sounds very tasty! I have tried with eggplant. These sounds even better. Thanks for the idea 🙂

    1. You’re very welcome – would love to hear your thoughts after you try it!

  5. I love a good lasagna Howie! This looks so rich and indulgent! And with all the amazing plant-based cheeses on the market, I could totally whip this up! Mmmm, hungry now! Love that you loaded it up with zucchini too!