This easy vegan spinach alfredo lasagna is simple to make and a total crowd-pleaser. Marinara sauce and creamy spinach cauliflower-cashew alfredo sauce are layered with ribbons of lasagna noodles and baked to perfection. This dish can be made several days ahead of time and reheated as needed for a quick + satisfying meal!
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No matter which holidays you celebrate this time of year (if any at all), they're likely to be outlined by certain well-established traditions. Traditions surrounding food, gatherings, practices, and so on.
In our family, we celebrate the holidays at my mom and step dad's home each year. My mom's entire family comes over on Christmas day, including her four siblings and their kids (my cousins) and their kids' kids.
Years ago, my mom would prepare each and every dish herself, but as time's unfolded, she's taken a more relaxed pot-luck approach to feeding an ever-growing crowd.
As the tradition currently stands, she prepares vegetarian lasagna, my grandma prepares meat lasagna, and the aunts, uncles, and cousins bring an array of other dishes, ranging from veggie-laden salads to rolls, cookies, and pies.
Since going vegan, I've been charged with the task of bringing a crowd-pleasing plant-based main dish each year.
Given the Italian/lasagna theme, you'd think a vegan lasagna would have been my trusty go-to right from the get-go, but I'd been intimidated by the idea until now.
Most of the vegan lasagna recipes I've made in the past have either been incredibly labor intensive (we're talking 3–4 hours of active kitchen preparation), or they've been a little dry and lackluster in the flavor department.
So, instead of lasagna, I'd leaned on dishes like lentil loaves, mostaccioli (recipe in my cookbook), or these tasty lentil mushroom walnut balls. All of which are delicious and festive, however, this year I set my sights on creating a dish that would fit in with my family's lasagna tradition.
But there were a few rules I kept in mind as I tested and tasted my way to the very recipe you see here.
I wanted this lasagna to be:
Easy to make.
Transportable and perfect for pot-luck celebrations.
A simple, go-to sort of vegan lasagna that could easily be dressed up and modified to suit a variety of seasons, events, and taste preferences.
Nourishing (think: hidden veggies) and satisfying to vegans and non-vegans alike.
So, here you have it. An easy vegan spinach alfredo lasagna that ticks all of the above boxes...
This lasagna requires a short and simple list of ingredients—just 9 ingredients plus water, salt + pepper—and it's incredibly tasty.
Store-bought marinara (or homemade if you're feeling fancy) and spinach cauliflower-cashew alfredo sauce are layered with ribbons of lasagna noodles and baked to perfection.
Let's take a closer look at the methods...
You'll start by making the cauliflower-cashew alfredo sauce.
Boil two cups of Earthbound Farm's Organic Cauliflower (about ½ a medium head chopped into small florets) until fork-tender.
Then, add the boiled cauliflower to a high-speed blender along with a bit of filtered water, raw cashews, nutritional yeast flakes (add a rich and cheesy flavor reminiscent of parmesan), apple cider vinegar, sea salt, and black pepper.
Blend on high for two minutes, or until you have a silky smooth and creamy sauce, and then set the sauce aside while you get to work on the spinach.
Add a bit of olive oil and several cloves of minced garlic to a large sauté pan. Turn the heat on low and cook for just a minute, or until the garlic becomes soft and fragrant.
Next, add several handfuls of Earthbound Farm's Organic Baby Spinach to the pan.
Continue to sauté for another three minutes, or until the spinach softens and wilts.
Then, stir in the reserved cauliflower-cashew alfredo sauce. Cook for another minute or two, or until the sauce thickens ever so slightly.
Now, it's time to layer.
Spread a bit of marinara sauce into the bottom of a lightly greased baking dish. Top with a layer of gluten-free lasagna noodles (or regular if you prefer). Spread about half of the alfredo sauce over the lasagna noodles and top with a bit more marinara. Repeat until you have three full layers of noodles, topping the final layer with marinara only.
Cover the lasagna with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Then, remove the foil, sprinkle with a bit of vegan parmesan (optional but recommended), and continue to bake for another 20 minutes, or until the lasagna is hot and bubbly.
Remove the lasagna from the oven and let it rest for about 5 to 10 minutes. Then, slice and serve.
This vegan lasagna can be made ahead of time and reheated as needed for quick meals throughout the week.
For a pot-luck, I recommend preparing and assembling the lasagna ahead of time and simply baking upon arrival.
What I love most about this vegan lasagna is that it's easy to adapt to individual taste preferences.
For instance, if you're looking for a veggie-packed vegan lasagna, simply add sautéed vegetables on top of the alfredo layers. I recommend a combination of sautéed mushrooms, zucchini, red peppers, and yellow squash.
I hope this lasagna recipe brings both simplicity and joy to your holiday gatherings.
Easy Vegan Spinach Alfredo Lasagna
- 2 cups Earthbound Farms Organic Cauliflower florets (about ½ a medium head)
- ¾ cup filtered water
- ½ cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours (unless you have a high-speed blender)
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ¾ to 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt, to taste (see note*)
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing the pan
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (5-ounce) container Earthbound Farms Organic Baby Spinach or more to taste**
- 10 ounces gluten-free lasagna noodles, prepared according to package instructions***
- 5 cups (40 ounces) store-bought marinara sauce (or homemade if you prefer)
- Vegan Parmesan Cheese (optional but recommended)
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8" x 11" baking dish with olive oil.
- Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets to the pot and boil for 7 minutes, or until very fork-tender. Strain off the water.
- Add the boiled cauliflower florets, filtered water, cashews, nutritional yeast, vinegar, sea salt, and black pepper to a blender (do not use a food processor).
- Blend on high for 2 minutes, or until completely smooth and creamy. Set within reach of the stove.
- Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large sauté pan over low heat. Cook for 1 minute, or until the garlic becomes soft and fragrant. Add the spinach and cook for 3 minutes, or until it begins to wilt.
- Stir in the cauliflower sauce. Continue to cook for another minute or two, or until the sauce thickens ever so slightly. Turn off the heat.
- Spread about one-quarter of the marinara into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Add a layer of lasagna noodles. Cover the noodles with about half of the spinach alfredo sauce. Top with another one-quarter of the marinara sauce. Add another layer of lasagna noodles and cover them with the remaining spinach alfredo sauce. Top with another one-quarter of the marinara sauce. Finally, top with the last layer of lasagna noodles and cover with the remaining marinara sauce.
- Cover the lasagna with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Then, remove the foil and sprinkle with as much of the vegan parmesan (if using) as desired and continue to bake for another 20 minutes.
- Remove the lasagna from the oven and let it rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
- Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 1 month.