When you crave comfort food, few things satisfy quite like a hearty plate of lasagna. Just thinking of layers of pasta dripping with cheese might be enough to calm hunger pangs before you even take your first bite. For our vegetarian friends (and everyone else looking to take a welcome break from meat), we compiled 10 different types of our favorite vegetarian lasagna recipes. All of them are brimming with ingredients like butternut squash, sautéed shiitake mushrooms, juicy tomatoes, sweet kabocha, and planks of zucchini that boast a ton of flavor; and they're all meat-free! No one will miss the meat in these lasagna recipes—even staunch carnivores will want seconds. Keep scrolling for our top vegetarian lasagna recipes that are packed with flavor.
Laura Wright of The First Mess says the dairy-free combo of her Vegan Skillet Lasagna is the best lasagna she's ever made. "The natural richness from almonds and olive oil certainly helps with this one," she explains. "There's also tons of flavor from those dollops of pesto and some good marinara. It's deeply comforting and familiar, but without the 'time to go to bed' vibe afterward." She filled her vegan lasagna recipe with carrots, zucchini, and cooked lentils, and she suggests switching things up with small dices of mushrooms, leeks, bell peppers, green garlic, or even lightly mashed chickpeas. "This recipe is a blank canvas of undeniable goodness that makes you feel good too," she assures.
For a super simple yet delicious lasagna recipe, try this one-skillet dish that requires no boiling or layering of lasagna noodles. The straightforward Simple Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna recipe from Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest can be made in under one hour and is "actually a pretty healthy veggie-filled meal," Gerard says. "To bulk up the sauce, I used a mix of zucchini, mushrooms, and lentils."
This Red Pepper Ricotta and Zucchini Lasagna recipe is inspired by Beaming Cafe, Aida Mollenkamp of Salt & Wind's clean-eating, go-to spot at home in southern California. "I added ricotta to make it just a bit more indulgent," Mollenkamp notes. "This, a glass of crisp white wine, and a good group of friends, and you're pretty much winning at vacation."
"I love the classic combo of pumpkin and sage together," confesses Stephanie of I Am a Food Blog about her Pumpkin Sage Lasagna Roll Up Pull Aparts recipe. "The sweet creaminess of pumpkin, in this case, kabocha, with crispy sage leaves is where it's at." She explains that kabocha is similar to pumpkin in texture and flavor but is a bit sweeter, giving your lasagna that extra flavorful flair.
"This recipe is a collaboration of creatives in the Paleo, vegetarian, and clean-eating scene," explains Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen. Pulling together delicious contributions from a number of sources, Claire created her Roasted Tomato Paleo Vegetarian Lasagna dish that she says gets the "ICBIP" (I can't believe it's Paleo) stamp of approval.
Heidi of Foodie Crush puts a twist on a Butternut Squash Lasagna recipe from celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis. "My twist on Giada's tastiness is to load up on the cheese and goo factor by adding ricotta to the mozzarella and parm, mix and then heft it up by adding a few layers of sautéed shiitake mushrooms," she says.
"To up the cozy, I decided to squash-ify my lasagna with some roasted acorn squash, which is sweet, nutty, and perfectly melty after a quick oven roast," says Stephanie from I Am a Food Blog of her Acorn Squash Lasagna recipe.
"Thin planks of zucchini take the place of half of the lasagna noodles, and the ricotta is a non-dairy mixture of blended zucchini, walnuts, lemon juice, herbs, and tofu" in this nourishing Zucchini Lasagna with Vegan Ricotta dish from Camille Styles. If you're not a tofu fan, Styles says not to worry, as you'll hardly taste it here. "The tofu just creates a ricotta-like texture," she explains. "The whole thing is vegan if you stop there, but it's delicious (and still very healthy) with a bit of melted cheese on top."
Gerard insists this special Butternut Squash and Sun-Dried Tomato White Lasagna recipe is sure to win over just about everyone. "There are layers and layers of cheesy, butternut squash goodness, and I'm not sure it gets better when it comes to a white lasagna," she asserts. "The base of the lasagna is made up of roasted butternut squash and ricotta cheese. I added in sun-dried tomatoes, one, because I love them, and two, because I think they add such a delicious sweet flavor, plus a nice pop of pretty red color too."
"For me, it's all about the corner piece," admits Thomas about her Vegetarian Lasagna Minis recipe. "That crunchy, gooey, crispy awesomeness can be had by everyone at the table, not just a lucky four, when you bake them in a muffin tin at high heat. The great thing about this recipe is that you can do it with any type of lasagna. And if you just want to make an old-fashioned lasagna, this recipe works great as well."