Now that the New Year is here, why not try something new and delicious! This is one of our ALL-TIME favourite recipes. This twist on lasagna will for sure be a crowd pleaser.

Note: This recipe contains nuts.

Serves 6, Ingredients:

-1 package of lasagna sheets (substitute Gluten-Free Lasagna to make this gluten-free)

-2 Medium-sized Tomatoes

-2 Jars of marinara sauce

-Mixed Vegetables (see below for recipe)

-Spinach Pesto (see below for recipe)

-Cashew Cheese (see below for recipe)

-Walnut Sausage (see below for recipe)

-Mixed Vegetables

-2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

-1 Small Container of Sliced cremini mushrooms

-1 Small Yellow Onion (cut into ½ “ dice)

-Half a bulb of fresh fennel (cut into ½“ dice)

-1 Medium Zucchini (cut into ½“ dice)

-Handful of Fresh Basil (chopped)

-1 Teaspoon of Italian Spices

-2 Cloves of Fresh Garlic (minced)

-Salt to taste


1. Add Olive Oil and garlic to a saute pan and cook on medium heat for 30 seconds

2. Add all the chopped vegetables and cook for 5-6 minutes until the vegetables are cooked but not mushy

3. Add in the basil, Italian spices and salt

4. Cook for 1-2 minutes then put aside

Spinach Pesto

-2 Cloves of Fresh Garlic (minced)

-3 Cups of Fresh Spinach

-1/3 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

-1/2 Cup of Walnuts, soaked in water at least 6 hours, drained and dried

-1/2 Lemon, juiced

1. With food processor running, drop in garlic.

2. Add remaining ingredients and process until a paste is formed. Put into a bowl and set aside.

Cashew Cheese

-¾ Cup Cashews, soaked overnight, drained

-1 Clove of Fresh Garlic (minced)

-1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

Pinch of Salt and Pepper

1. Place all ingredients in food processor

2. Pulse until a cottage cheese texture is achieved. Add a little water if necessary. Put into a bowl and set aside

Walnut Sausage

-2 Cups Walnuts, soaked for at least 6 hours in the fridge, drained and rinsed

-1 Teaspoon of Dried Sage

-1 Teaspoon of Dried Thyme

-1 Teaspoon of Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped

-2 Tablespoons of Tamari sauce or 1 ½ Tablespoons of Soy Sauce


Salt and Pepper to taste.


1. Place all ingredients in food processor.

2. Pulse until a crumbly texture is achieved. Put into a bowl and set aside.


Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease the lasagna tray with olive oil (this will prevent the lasagna from sticking). Put a layer of marinara sauce on the bottom. Layer the Vegetables, Pesto, Cheese and Sausage.
Repeat steps 3 & 4 one more time then top with another layer of lasagna sheets. Cover the lasagna with a thick layer of marinara sauce. Cover and bake for 40 minutes.

This dish is perfect for a big family and makes for delicious leftovers. Why not try a cottage rental in Muskokavacation rentals in Nova Scotia, or even try renting a chalet in the Laurentians, to make this recipe with the whole family. There’s a plate waiting for you at our table. Don’t forget to include CanadaStays on your guest list.

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