This vegetarian lasagna is made with spiralized butternut squash slices instead of lasagna noodles for a lighter spin on this classic casserole. Baked with fluffy ricotta cheese, Brussels sprouts, and seasoned tempeh, this lasagna has all the flavor and all the nutrients.
Vegetarian Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts Lasagna with Tempeh
Before I get into this recipe, you may notice that the slices on top are orange and the slices inside are yellow. That is because I ran out of butternut squash slices! Don’t worry, I wrote the recipe correctly so that you won’t have that issue when you make it yourself at home. So, I had one butternut squash slice left, so the slice I photographed looks perfect, ha!
We’re all friends here and hey – if you have the same issue I did, know that you can grab a sweet potato and make the top layer out of sweet potatoes! I kinda dig it. Whether you make this perfectly or not, you will love this lasagna. It saves well for leftovers, it freezes well, and it’s one of those feel good comfort dishes that truly makes you feel good.
Tempeh is the chosen plant based protein here, and this was my first time using tempeh. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long! The consistency is just like a sausage and when you add dried herbs, olive oil, and garlic, you won’t believe it’s not meat! It’s filling, it’s flavorful, and it’s easy to prepare. It’s a powerhouse food created from soy beans. There is so much you can do to it and here, we’re transforming it into a lasagna!
How do you cook tempeh?
- Place tempeh in a small pot shallow pot of water
- Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes
- Let tempeh cool in a bowl
- Once tempeh is cooled, break it apart with your hands to make meat like chunks
The butternut squash slices roast evenly and the natural sweetness of the squash comes through in every bite. The squash roasts to fork tender, so you don’t even notice you’re eating a vegetable, it truly tastes like a lasagna!
I love eating Brussels sprouts this time of year and they’re great in a lasagna for squeezing in extra vegetables!