This Vegan Sausage & Spinach Skillet Lasagna is filled with tofu ricotta, fresh pesto and spicy vegan sausage. So freaking tasty!
Oh lordy - this recipe is going to knock your socks off. It literally has all of the best things - vegan sausage, greens, pasta, ricotta, pesto. All of this comes together in one skillet to make a scrumptious dinner.
I have been dreaming about this meal for MONTHS! It has been sitting on my to-do list and I am so excited to finally be bringing you all of the saucy details.
If this meal doesn't scream Spring/Summer, than I don't know what does. Pesto - obviously. Ricotta - a must. AND you don't have to bake this. Which is perfect for those days it is so hot outside and you couldn't dream of turning the oven on.
Now I do have to admit, this is not a one-pot meal. I wanted it to be, I really did, but you just can't get the noodles to cook in the sauce without drying the whole thing up. Because of this, you are going to need to boil your noodles first.
Which, in the grand scheme of things, is not that big of a deal. But I just had to give you full disclosure before you dive into this recipe.
You can easily make the pesto and ricotta a day or two before, keep them in the fridge and then put everything together pretty quickly on a weeknight. You could even go an easier route and buy both of those pre-made. Whatever works for you.
For the vegan sausage, I did use Beyond Sausage. I know this isn't accessible for everyone, but if you can find it, I would use that. If not, just use your favorite vegan sausage. If your sausage doesn't crumble, no worries, just dice it into bite-sized pieces and then brown it.
This recipe is seriously all around delicious. It is one you are going to go back to again and again. If you want to impress some non-vegan friends - this is the recipe to do it with!
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Vegan Sausage & Spinach Skillet Lasagna
- 8 oz vegan ricotta*
- 6 oz vegan pesto**
- 6-8 lasagna noodles broken into quarters
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 shallot diced
- 8 oz vegan sausage*** crumbled
- 2 cups baby spinach loosely packed
- 2 cloves garlic diced
- 1 26-ounce jar marinara
- basil, parsley and/or vegan parmesan optional toppings
FOR ARUGULA WALNUT PESTO
- 1 cup arugula
- 1 cup basil
- ⅓ cup walnuts
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼-1/2 cup olive oil
- ½ lemon juiced
- salt & pepper to taste
- If making from scratch, prepare the vegan pesto by adding all of the ingredients to a food processor and blending until combined. Add olive oil as needed until desired consistency is reached. Prepare the Tofu Ricotta according to the instructions. Set both aside until ready to use.****
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add your broken lasagna pieces and cook according to the package instructions, being sure not to overcook. Drain and rinse with cool water to stop them from cooking more.
- Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Lower heat to medium and add the shallot and sausage to the pan. Cook, turning regularly until sausage is browned.
- Add a couple of tablespoons of water to the skillet to deglaze it. Scrape the browned bits off the bottom then add spinach and garlic to the skillet and cook until wilted. Add the marinara and stir to combine. Cover and allow to cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the cooked lasagna noodles to the skillet and stir to combine. Use as few or as many lasagna noodles as you'd like - just be sure not to overcrowd the skillet.
- Flatten contents of the skillet down, then top with dollops of ricotta and pesto. Cover with a lid and cook on medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes, or until everything is warmed through.
- Top with optional toppings of choice and serve.
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