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Sunday, August 31, 2014

KALE AND VEGAN SAUSAGE LASAGNA

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We have such beautiful kale this year and such alot of it!  I'm trying to incorporate it into as many dishes as possible.  (Fortunately, we both love it!).


Last night we had our friend Brenda over for dinner and I made a kale lasagne, using up 1 1/2 lbs of fresh kale, and some tofu ricotta and homemade spaghetti sauce that I had in the refrigerator.  It was delicious and definitely a keeper!  I served it with some lovely roasted beets from my friend Holly, just sprinkled with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and fresh parsley.


We ended the meal with some tea and organic green grapes-- very satisfying!



BRYANNA’S KALE AND VEGAN SAUSAGE LASAGNE
Serves 6-8

12 whole wheat lasagne noodles OR GF lasagne noodles (not the “no-cook” type)
About 1 1/2 lbs. fresh kale (weighed before stripping the leaves from the stalks), washed and cut into thin strips
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
About 12 oz. slightly spicy vegan sausages, crumbled (I used Tofurky Italian, but you could use Field Roast Italian or your own homemade)
OR, for a GF or homemade alternative , use 2x this recipe for TVP pepperoni crumbles
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. red chile flakes (omit if you sausage is very spicy)
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
About 3 cups homemade vegan plain tomato-y spaghetti sauce or your favourite storebought variety
1 recipe Ricotta di Soya (Tofu Ricotta) (There’s also an Almond Ricotta recipe at that link, too, but you’ll need to make about 1 1/2 times that recipe.)
About 1/2 cup soy parmesan (such as Go Veggie!) or your favourite parmesan sub

Cook the lasagne noodles according to the package directions—don’t overcook!  Rinse and drain them and lay them out flat on a baking sheet.

Place the sliced kale in a large pot.  Boil about 1 quart of water (in an electric kettle, if you have one—it saves energy) and pour it slowly over the kale, mixing with a long spoon until it is all submerged.  Cover and let it sit for about 10 minutes while you slice the onions, etc.  After 10 minutes, drain the kale in a colander, rinse briefly with cold water (until cool enough to handle), and then squeeze as much water as possible out of the kale.  Fluff it out a bit with your fingers after squeezing it.

Heat the oils in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat and add the sliced onions and sausage crumbles. Sauté them, stirring frequently, until the onion has softened and the sausage browned a bit.  Add the garlic and red chile flakes (if using) and sauté briefly. Add the kale to the pan and sauté again briefly.  Season the mixture to taste with salt and freshly-ground pepper.

Preheat the oven to 400°F, if you are going to bake immediately after assembling the lasagne.

Oil a 9 x 13” bakingpan or dish.  Lay 4 of the lasagne noodles to cover the bottom of the pan. Spread the noodles evenly with 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce.  Add half of the sausage/kale mixture and spread evenly.  Cover that with half of the ricotta, spreading evenly.  Sprinkle evenly with 1/3 of the soy parmesan.  Lay 4 more of the lasagne noodles over the casserole. 

Repeat the layering as before.  Cover with the remaining 4 lasagna noodles.  Spread evenly with the remaining 1 cup of spaghetti sauce and sprinkle with the last of the soy parmesan.  Cover the pan loosely with foil or baking parchment.


Bake at 400°F for 40 minutes.  Remove the foil or baking parchment and let sit for about 10 minutes before cutting.


 Enjoy!


2 comments:

in2insight said...

To be honest, I was a bit skeptical as this was not smothered in some sort of yellow hard "cheese", which is what all the past lasagnes we have made had in common. I almost topped it with your melty cheese sauce. Almost, but so happy we did not.

One bite and we saw the light! :)
This is such a great dish. No one flavor took command, they all played nicely and complemented one another.
The "ricotta" was outstanding.

I used brown rice lasagne noodles and about 3/4 cup of the "parmesan"

The only challenge we had with this meal was self control with the portion size...

Thank you!

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

I am so delighted that you and yours enjoyed it so much! The "smothered in some sort of yellow hard "cheese"" is really an American-Italian thing-- a dish served only on feast days in Italy for the poor who emigrated to Canada and the US, but in America it was possible to have it every week! In Northern Italy, grated cheese is used sparingly. A lasagne Bolognese traditionally used pasta sheets, Ragu ala Bolognese, Bechamel Sauce and a little parmesan (there's a vegan version in my Italian cookbook).