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 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! Even staunch carnivores will want seconds.
Read on for the best easy vegetarian lasagna recipes.
Vegan Skillet Lasagna
The Hero Ingredient: Veggies. Laura Wright of The First Mess filled her vegan lasagna recipe with carrots, zucchini, and cooked lentils.
Pro Tip: Wright 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," she says.
Simple Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna
The Hero Ingredient: Cheese. This extra-cheesy recipe from Half Baked Harvest calls for mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan.
Pro Tip: "To bulk up the sauce, I used a mix of zucchini, mushrooms, and lentils," says recipe creator Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest.
Red Pepper Ricotta Zucchini Lasagna
The Hero Ingredient: Ricotta. According to recipe creator Aida Mollenkamp of Salt & Wind, ricotta makes this red pepper ricotto zucchini lasagna extra indulgent.
Pro Tip: "This, a glass of crisp white wine, and a good group of friends, and you're pretty much winning," Mollenkamp says.
Pumpkin Sage Lasagna Roll-Up Pull-Aparts
The Hero Ingredient: Pumpkin and sage. "The sweet creaminess of pumpkin, in this case, kabocha, with crispy sage leaves is where it's at," says Stephanie of I Am a Food Blog. She explains that kabocha is similar to pumpkin in texture and flavor but is a bit sweeter, giving this lasagna roll-up recipe that extra flavorful flair.
Pro Tip: Kabocha can be difficult to cut, so allow extra time for the prep work.
Butternut Squash Lasagna With Shiitake Mushrooms
The Hero Ingredient: Extra cheese. Foodie Crush's recipe puts a twist on a butternut squash lasagna 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," recipe creator Heidi says.
Pro Tip: According to Heidi, the secret flavor in this lasagna is blitzed almond amaretti cookies processed into the butternut squash purée.
Acorn Squash Lasagna
The Hero Ingredient: Roasted acorn squash. "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.
Pro Tip: You can use your favorite meat or tomato sauce in this recipe.
Butternut Squash and Sun-Dried Tomato White Lasagna
The Hero Ingredient: Butternut squash. Gerard of Half Baked Harvest insists this white lasagna recipe is sure to win over just about everyone. "There are layers and layers of cheesy, butternut squash goodness," she asserts.
Pro Tip: The base of this lasagna is made up of roasted butternut squash and ricotta cheese, but Gerard added in sun-dried tomatoes for a delicious sweet flavor and a pretty color pop.
Zucchini Lasagna Boats
The Hero Ingredient: Zucchini. Stuffing lasagna fixings inside zucchini boats, like in this recipe from A Couple Cooks, makes eating the classic Italian dinner way more fun.
Pro Tip: "Once you’ve combined these all together and stuffed the zucchini boats, just bake them for 20 minutes. It’s an easy recipe that works for entertaining or weeknights!" says recipe creators Sonja and Alex.
The Hero Ingredient: Black beans. Two of our favorite cuisines come together in this Mexican lasagna recipe from A Couple Cooks. We love the unexpected addition of black beans (which also adds plant-based protein!)
Pro Tip: "Our biggest effort and time saver is using No Boil noodles, which eliminates the need to separately boil the noodles before assembling the lasagna," says Sonja and Alex.
This meal freezes well, so the recipe creators recommend making two lasagnas at once: one to eat and one to freeze for mid-week leftovers!
Vegetarian Crockpot Lasagna Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Tomato broth. If you've never tried lasagna in soup form before, let this Foodie Crush recipe convince you it's time. All the classic lasagna flavors you love taste even better in a rich tomato broth.
Pro Tip: "To add a bit of bold body to the soup, I add DeLallo’s tomato paste, and all-natural double concentrate that’s extra rich and super thick in a squeeze tube so you can use a little or a lot without waste," Heidi says.
Spicy Kale Lasagna
The Hero Ingredient: Kale. Getting in your daily dose of greens has never looked so good (or tasted more delicious!). Even the pickiest eaters won't realize this cheesy lasagna recipe from A Couple Cooks is packed with good-for-you ingredients.
Pro Tip: "What’s the best side to serve with lasagna? We think it’s a simple old standard: a green salad! And don’t forget to pour yourself a glass of wine!" says Sonja and Alex.
Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups
The Hero Ingredient: Spinach. We found your next date night dinner, and it's this lasagna roll-up recipe from Foodie Crush. The roll-ups are elegant, but still taste totally indulgent, and the inclusion of spinach helps you eat healthy without even realizing it!
Pro Tip: This recipe makes a smaller portion so you won't be left with a pan of leftovers, but if you think you'll want them, plan to make extra.
White Pesto Spinach Lasagna
The Hero Ingredient: Pesto. We can't get enough of anything pesto, and it really transforms this white spinach lasagna recipe from Half Baked Harvest. It's proof that you don't need tomato sauce to make lasagna taste incredible.
Pro Tip: For the cream sauce, Gerard used "a mix of melty Raclette and nutty parmesan cheese, and seasoned it with a little garlic and oregano. Beyond good."
Skinny Vegetable Lasagna Rolls
The Hero Ingredient: Vegetables. With more veggies and less cheese, this Joyful Healthy Eats recipe is lighter than your standard lasagna but still tastes incredible.
Pro Tip: This recipe makes 9-10 lasagna rolls in a 13 x 9 inch pan.
Spaghetti Squash Four Cheese Pesto Lasagna
Pro Tip: "This recipe is really easy to make, but it does take time for the squash to roast, so plan for a little longer cooking time," Gerard says.
Roasted Red Pepper Puttanesca Lasagna Rolls
The Hero Ingredient: Red peppers. These single-serve lasagna rolls from Melanie Makes get a nutritional boost from red peppers. This recipe also doesn't skimp on cheese, so it's plenty hearty.
Pro Tip: "If you aren’t feeding a crowd, simply freeze individual rolls to have a quick and easy meal at the ready!" says recipe creator Melanie.