Recipe: Butternut, Lentil and Feta (pasta free) Lasagne

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Recipe: Butternut, Lentil and Feta (pasta free) Lasagne

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Butternut lentil feta lasagne title

Before I lost weight, pasta was one of my favourite foods. I would quite happily eat a giant bowl of pasta with tomato sauce for dinner most nights, and ready meal vegetable lasagnes were one of my most loved treats. Pasta was one of the foods I vastly reduced to help me lose weight. For my body, pasta is generally just too much carbohydrate. I still love a good bowl of pasta when I’m out at an Italian restaurant, but in general day to day eating it’s certainly a missing ingredient.

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However, I don’t miss it one bit! Once I discovered courgetti and purchased my spiraliser I never looked back. Now I eat courgette spaghetti with beef ragu sauce fairly often to get that comforting pasta hit. One thing I was missing though, was lasagne and hence this easy recipe was born! Instead of pasta sheets I use thinly sliced courgette.

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I know a lot of courgette ‘pasta’ lasagne recipes are around, but this is my simple vegetarian version. Without the use of minced beef it’s also very light on calories. You could of course use minced beef or even minced turkey, but I love how light yet filling this version is. Sweet butternut squash is paired with earthy lentils and salty feta cheese for a really tasty healthy meal that would even be detox friendly!

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Butternut, Lentil and Feta (Pasta Free) Lasagne
Serves 4
  1. 1 medium butternut squash
  2. 1 tbsp oil (I like coconut oil for roasting)
  3. 1-2 large courgettes
  4. 1 tin of green lentils
  5. 1 tin of chopped tomatoes (or use tomato passata)
  6. 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  7. 100g feta cheese
  1. 1. Pre heat the oven to 200c. Peel and de seed the squash, chop into chunks and place into a baking tray. Add the coconut oil and bake for 40 - 45 minutes till soft. Set aside but leave the oven on.
  2. 2. Add the lentils, chopped tomatoes and Italian seasoning to a large pan. Add the butternut squash and simmer.
  3. 3. Prepare a large baking dish. Thinly slice the courgette length ways. You could also use a vegetable peeler to create long wide ribbons or use a mandolin.
  4. 4. Layer the courgette slices to cover the bottom of the dish. Follow with half the lentil mixture. Cover with another layer of courgette slices. Add the rest of the lentil mixture, and if you like, add a few more slices of courgette in a criss cross pattern over the top.
  5. 5. Turn the oven down to 180 and bake for 30 minutes. Take out of the oven and crumble over the feta cheese. Turn the heat up to 220 and bake for a further 5-10 minutes until the feta is a bit melty.
  6. 6. Serve with a fresh green salad.
  1. The lasagne will keep well in the fridge for 4 days (I ate all of mine for dinner one week!)
  2. This method does result in a slightly watery but not unpleasant lasagne. To create a thicker sauce use passata and 'salt' your courgette to remove excess liquid (place courgette slices in a colander, sprinkle with salt and place a heavy bowl on top. Leave for 10 minutes so the liquid can drain off)
Wholeheartedly Laura

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Are you a pasta lover? Have you tried a recipe with a veggie pasta replacement? Do you prefer veggie or meaty lasagne? 

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  1. lilylipstick

    This looks so good! Before I lost weight pasta was one of my go-to foods too, I don’t really miss it because my body clearly didn’t like it as much as I did but courgette is such a good substitute and this looks even better than the real thing! x

  2. Letizia@thefitlabel

    This look delicious Laura!!

    I am 100% Italian (was born in Milan) so pasta is in my genes. I am definitely a big pasta lover, but I try not to eat it too often since I prefer to stay away from refined carbohydrates. I really like pasta “replacements” like zucchini noodles with Bolognese sauce. Of course they can’t compete with the real thing, but they are still good in a different way.

  3. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I looove pasta and still eat it often, but I do love courgette spaghetti for a change too. I usually do half and half.
    Love that this has feta in it :)

  4. Lucy

    This looks great Laura! I’m always after a good pasta-free lasagne and I just LOVE the combination of feta and butternut squash. It’s funny because I’ve never really been that fussed about pasta, it was just something that was plonked in front of me most days of the week when I was younger. Courgetti is just the greatest thing though, isn’t it?!

    She’s So Lucy

  5. Nics Notebook

    This looks fab! Got a spiraliser for Christmas and I love having courgette noodles so think I would love this too :)

  6. Jackie

    This looks a great recipe I love the squash with feta idea too. I’ve made lasagne using leeks instead of pasta the idea is from the Hairy Bikers diet book although I don’t use their recipe just the leeks idea.

  7. Louise @louliveswell

    Ooh looks yum! I too have recently swapped pasta for courgetti – I LOVE my spiralizer! This is a great idea though for lasagne. Looks super easy too. Thanks Laura!

  8. kirsten burnett

    This looks absoulutely delicious. I seriously need to try this as soon as i get home from work. im going to have to go buy all of these ingredients after works and do this tonight because i am now completely craving it.

  9. Lauren

    I used to eat so much pasta as a teenager and through uni but I couldn’t eat it now. I love spiralled veggies instead too, you get a hit of nutrition and don’t feel all lethargic after! This recipe looks so good – perfect for this veggies girl!

  10. Maria @ runningcupcake

    This sounds lovely! I bet it would be good with goats cheese too, or maybe with some silken tofu whizzed up with pesto to make it dairy free. I have pasta usually before body pump- we always get wholewheat pasta and I only have a small amount, usually with veggies, pesto and pine nuts.


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