Traditional Lasagna with Béchamel Sauce

I’ve been making and eating this so much in the past weeks no wonder I couldn’t update!

AND IT TOTALLY FOOLS OMNIS!

Our European brothers and sisters make lasagna a little differently than we do in North America. They use a white (Béchamel) sauce, where as we just tend to pile on mountains of cheese (which I have made before if you rather make that lasagna.)

You will need:
12 pieces of lasagna
Tomato sauce
Béchamel Sauce
Any veggies or fake meat crumbles (opt)

-recipes following them-

OVEN: 350F (180C)

1. Cook lasagna according to box.
(that no-bake lasagna is a waste of money)

2.Combine and simmer tomato sauce
(Or use 2 jars of purchased marinara sauce & skip to #3)

TOMATO SAUCE RECIPE:
1 reg size can of diced or stewed tomatoes (about 14 oz)
1 reg size can of tomato sauce
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic
pinch of nutmeg

-Put everything in a pot, bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer until ready to be used. (This will cook down some excess liquid and make it more flavorful) If, after cooking, it’s too chunky for your tastes, use a potato masher.

3. Make Béchamel Sauce

BECHAMEL SAUCE RECIPE:
4 Tbsp margarine
1/3 C flour
2 1/4 C non-dairy milk
1/4 C nutritional yeast (opt)
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
salt to taste
pinch of nutmeg

-On low heat melt the margarine. Take off heat.
-Slowly sift flour in while stirring.
-Add the non-dairy milk a little at a time while stirring.
-Bring to a boil while stirring slowly. It will thicken.
-Take off heat. Add nutritional yeast, salt and nutmeg.

NOTE: If you are using soymilk, it will taste a little sweet. Do not worry! Once baked, you won’t notice it at all.
Traditionally, this is where you would add in some crumbled cheese. Feel free to add in vegan cheeze, or even crumbled tofu for texture, but it honestly doesn’t need it.

4. If using veggies, lightly sauté any “hard” veggies like squash, peppers, or eggplant. “Soft” veggies like mushrooms and spinach can be used raw. Also sauté any veggie meats you wish to use.

5. Grease a lasagna or casserole dish (10″ x 12″) with margarine. Place a thin layer of tomato sauce on the bottom.

6.Layer the bottom with 4 pieces of lasagna. Cover with a layer of tomato sauce and then the béchamel sauce. Add layer of veggies and faux-meat.

7. Repeat step six.

8. Lay your final 4 lasagna pieces on top. Cover with tomato sauce then béchamel sauce.

9. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.

10. Let cool for 10 minutes (this lets the lasagna set-up so you don’t have scalding hot sauce oozing everywhere).

DIG IN!!

I enjoy mine plain, with no extra frills. I did crumble half a block of firm tofu for the first one to texture, but like I said it’s not necessary.
The picture above I made was for an extended family get together. I didn’t say anything and no one knew none-the-wiser. It was deliciously fantastic!
Except for soymilk, it is a traditional recipe, so your relatives won’t get as scared as if it were made from tofu!!

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4 thoughts on “Traditional Lasagna with Béchamel Sauce

  1. Megbot says:

    we haven’t met yet, but you’ve kept me fed a very long time 🙂 this was exceptional. My lasagna snow omnivore boyfriend fully embraced this, and is requesting it for dinner for his mother’s birthday next weeked. Thanks so much for this, kudos

  2. Anonymous says:

    Don't know if you're still monitoring this blog, but I think your lasagna recipe has changed my life. Delicious! Thanks.

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