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Lasagne

Only the mushrooms in this lasagne were dumpstered, but I thought I would include the recipe here anyway because it’s really freaking good. It also doesn’t call for store-bought vegan cheese. That stuff is expensive and I’m way too cheap to ever buy it – especially when I know I can make a versatile ‘cheese’ sauce without it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lasagne noodles
  • any red sauce you like
  • my ‘cheese’ sauce
  • mushrooms (or fake meat of your choice)

You’ll want to have everything ready before you cook the noodles so you can use them right away when they’re done. First make the ‘cheese’ sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soymilk
  • 1/2 block tofu (any kind will work)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder (or a couple cloves)
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt (or vegesal)
  • 1 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil

Combine all but the last two ingredients in a blender and blend it up. Add the nutritional yeast and blend. While blending, slowly drizzle in the oil. If the sauce isn’t thick enough add more yeast little by little until it’s the right consistency (slightly more runny than pancake batter).

Wash and slice up your mushrooms (or prepare your fake meat).

Boil the noodles and don’t fuck them up! Lasagne noodles are such a bitch sometimes. I overcooked them with my first batch. They all fell apart and I ended up piecing together a damn lasagne puzzle for a good half hour or so. Lame. The second batch I undercooked in an attempt to avoid another jigsaw disaster. They weren’t too chewy in the end, but they could have been a little more tender. Oh, and make sure you put plenty of vegetable oil (don’t waste good olive oil) in the pot. And use a huge pot so there’s lots of room for the noodles and they don’t stick together. That’s a whole other lasagne hell you do not want to visit. Eight to ten minutes should be good but be sure to stir often and check the noodles to make sure they’re not getting too soft.

Put it together: first cover the bottom of the pan with some oil then a layer of sauce. Top that with noodles, more sauce, mushrooms, drizzle on some ‘cheese’ sauce, repeat. On the final layer drizzle some olive oil over the top. Mmmm, fatty.Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Take the foil off for the last 5-10 minutes of baking.

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