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Vegan Polenta Lasagna

Dianne
Homemade vegan Polenta Lasagna is warm and comforting, It's the perfect dinner dish to cozy up to on chilly winter evenings.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 278 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Polenta

For the Tofu Ricotta

  • 14 ounce package of firm tofu pressed and drained
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For the Lasagna

  • 1 teaspoon neutral-flavored oil
  • 1 small onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces crimini or baby button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 bunch kale stems removed, coarsely chopped (about 1 pound or 6 cups)
  • 3 cups tomato sauce

Instructions
 

Make the Polenta

  • Bring the vegetable stock to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Slowly add the polenta in a steady stream, whisking as you go to prevent any clumps. Whisk in the nutritional yeast and salt. When the polenta begins to bubble, reduce the heat to medium-low, and continue to whisk to prevent clumps. Cook for 10-20 minutes, until the mixture is thick and pulls away from the pot.
  • Lightly oil two 9”x12” baking sheets or casserole dishes. Pour half the polenta into each and use a rubber spatula to even out the mixture.
  • Allow the polenta to cool and then place in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.

Make the Tofu Ricotta

  • In a food processor, blend together the tofu, nutritional yeast, garlic, lemon juice, basil, and salt. Process until the mixture is thick and looks like ricotta cheese. Add more vegetable broth if the mixture is too thick.

Make the Lasagna

  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a large pan over medium-high heat, sauté the onion in the olive oil for about 5 minutes, until it begins to brown. Add the garlic and mushrooms, and allow to cook for about 10 more minutes, until the mushrooms release their liquid and are fragrant. Mix in the kale and cook until it wilts.
  • Spoon 1/3 of the tomato sauce over the bottom of a 9”x12” baking or casserole dish. Carefully place a layer of polenta on top of the sauce. If it’s difficult to handle, cut it into four smaller pieces.
  • Spread the tofu ricotta over the polenta, and top it with the vegetable mixture. Evenly pour 1/3 of the tomato sauce over the veggies.
  • Carefully place the second layer of polenta on top of the lasagna, again cutting it into four pieces if necessary. Top with the rest of the sauce.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the edges of the polenta begin to brown and the sauce is bubbly.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal