Celeriac, Mushroom & Tomato Lasagna

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Let’s take a moment to admire the ugly celeriac. Such an awesome root. Really affordable to buy, filled with flavour and so versatile to use. Plus, it’s thick, wrinkly, handle cold temperatures well and can therefor be harvested all through the winter. We had some celeriac left in the fridge after we had made this dish and used some of those leftovers to make thin and crispy celeriac chips and chopped the rest into a carrot & celeriac soup that, with a dash of white wine, was right on point.

But we are not here for the leftovers, are we? We are here because of this little vegan lasagna made on thinly shaved celeriac and parsnip “noodles” that are layered with a tomato & lentil sauce, mushrooms and spinach and then covered with cherry tomatoes and baked until soft. For a long time we refused to call it lasagna, as we know that people can be a little cranky with words. The recipe is made entirely without lasagna noodles and béchamel sauce which probably is what technically makes a lasagna. But in the end we just thought lasagna sounded more appealing than casserole and it also gives a more visual description of how this dish is layered. Our little gif animation further down in this post, also helps with that.

Regardless of its name, this is damn tasty and perfect winter food. The roots don’t soak up liquid like lasagna so it stays juicy without the need to add a creamy sauce. However, if you feel like throwing some dairy into it, we can recommend whisking a good ricotta with some lemon juice and spreading it out as an extra layer in the middle.

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Replacing lasagna noodles with thinly sliced celeriac is a great little trick that unfortunately was not invented by us. There are a bunch of recipes out there, from Gordon Ramsey’s double cream version to Sarah Britton’s with butternut squash.

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On another note, yesterday we put a major deadline behind us (which is why we have been so slow with new blog recipes). It feels great and we will tell you all about that project soon. Now we are actually off to Asia to sip coconuts, sleep for a hundred years and hug or kids, but we have prepared a whole array of Christmas recipes that we will post next week. And a really beautiful and tasty breakfast that we’ll post after Christmas – just when you are looking for something fresh again. So check back soon!

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Celeriac Lasagna AKA Shaved Roots & Mushroom Casserole
Serves 6-8

Tomato & Lentil Sauce
1 tbsp coconut oil, butter, ghee or olive oil

1 onion
3 garlic cloves
1/4 tsp chili flakes
4 cans (6 cups / 1560 g) chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup (125 ml) puy lentils (or lentils of choice), rinsed
1 cup (250 ml) water
2 sprigs thyme, chopped
20 leaves basil, chopped
sea salt and pepper

Shaved roots
1 small celeriac root
3 parsnip roots

1 tbsp coconut oil, butter, ghee or olive oil
2 clove garlic
20 brown mushrooms
250 g frozen spinach, thawed (fresh is fine too)
20 cherry tomatoes (or 4 regular tomatoes), sliced

Preheat the oven to 350°F / 175°C.

Preparing the tomato & lentil sauce: Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion, garlic and chili flakes and sauté for a couple of minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Cover with a lid and let simmer for about 45 minutes, until the lentils are soft and the sauce is quite ‘dry’.

Preparing the celeriac and parsnip lasagna noodles: Rinse the roots well, then peel, you might want to use a knife instead of a peeler. Cut the roots in halves (or quarters if it’s large). Slice it in very thin slices, best and easiest done with a mandolin slicer (3 mm slices). Alternatively use a sharp knife, but be careful, and slice as thin as possible.

Preparing the mushrooms: Clean the mushrooms with a soft brush (baking brush or toothbrush), if they are very dirty wash them with a little water and dry well. Slice the stem and the cap lengthwise into large pieces. Heat oil and garlic in a skillet on medium-high heat, add mushrooms and for a couple of minutes until browned on one side, then stir. Fry for a couple more minutes and pour into a bowl. Now add the thawed spinach to the same skillet with out rinsing. When heated, set aside.

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Assembling the lasagna: In an oven proof dish, start with a thin layer of oil, cover with a layer of root ‘noodles’. Add a layer of half of the tomato sauce and cover with a layer of root ‘noodles’. Add a layer of mushrooms + spinach and a layer of root ‘noodles’. Add a layer of the remaining tomato sauce and arrange the sliced tomatoes on top to cover the tomato sauce. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.

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42 Comments

  • kamila
    Hello Lovely People :) I mad it yesterday :) Unfortunately I failed ;) But....I have a few reasons why this could happen to me :) I think that my celeriac noodles where to thick, and my oven dish had a different shape which made my lasagna thicker and after the baking time my noodles where still kind of raw :) I left it for a little bit longer but as the first layer was ready I was worried to burn it, so I put it in a cast iron dish covered in the oven for another 20min ;) This "noodles" are amazing, I mean the hole dish taste so good :) It was cooling down overnight and when I tried it in the morning it impressed me with all flavours :) Tomatoes, thyme, basil, and roots that turn out to taste so different I didn't expected that richness. Thank You for all your recipes, and the new website is amazing!
  • This looks amazing and can't wait much longer to give it a try!!! Thanks for sharing this drooling recipe :)
  • Rachel
    Hi! This looks incredible. What size pan are you using?
  • This is superb! You are brilliant! Ready to cook!! Thankyou :*
  • Olivia
    This is a delicious recipe! However, mine was very liquid!! You really have to make sure your sauce is VERY dry, I think. I took extra care removing excess water from every single ingredient, but apparently this wasn't enough. :(
  • Jo
    Thank you for this recipe it was absolutely delicious! The top layer of veg was slightly undercooked probably due to less moisture at the top but the flavours were spot-on. I added a little red wine to the tomato sauce
  • Celeriac is a very delicious vegetable, in my opinion. nothing quite easygoing like potatoes, tomatoes or salad. it is special. But: Also my kids love to eat Celeriac when I fry them as "Schnitzel". Cut in slices, turned in flour, mixed egg and breadcrumbs. and then fry them in a pan. i add a joghurt sauce with herbs and a bit of garlic. served with rice or boiled potatoes... thank you again for this wonderful pictures and the love you put in every detail. thats a kind of magic. best wishes from austria from sonja
  • Clarisse
    Beautiful dish! On the first day we ate it I missed some acidity/sweetness though. Then on the next day I added a pomegranate reduction sauce on top of the left overs and it was just PERFECT! ThankS!
  • It looks so yummy.I will try to make it for y kids.I hope They like it.
  • Thank you from Italy! You're a daily inspiration for me. Tanti Auguri di Buon Natale (tr.:Merry Xmas) :-)
  • Irène Solomon
    Thanks for another great recipe. Your blog is such an inspiration. I cook from it and your books almost daily! Only comment I'd make about this dish is that the celeriac and parsnip "sheets" were a bit tough so if I make it again I might blanch or roast them before layering in the finished dish. It might be that my mandolins doesn't slice thinly enough though. I also added a bit of ricotta which was lovely. Thank you for your great work!
  • Alisa
    We just scooted our table over to the Christmas tree and devoured this gorgeous dinner! It went together perfectly! AND, I conquered my fear of peeling and cutting celeriac. Another happy night in our home thanks to you both! Merry Christmas!!!
  • I love the way of your cooking it looks so tasty and delicious.Thanks for sharing its looks unique and i will try this this sunday.
  • I love the way of your cooking it looks so tasty and delicious.Thanks for sharing.
  • I love how you add celery and parsnip to the lasagna! It looks so delicious and unique!
  • This looks so delicious! I'm drooling just looking at the photos.
  • It's really tasty and delicious. Mushroom and tomato make this food yummy. I love this type of food. Last some days ago I cook an item with mushroom here is the recipe. It's an easy and palatable dish that can be prepared in the minimum possible time. The combination of mushroom, corn and other spices it will be a 'yummy' deal that can be enjoyed with rice or chapatti. See more at: http://theindian.recipes/recipe/mustard-mushroom-fry#sthash.p3Qp0DCx.dpuf
  • Everything you guys make is so beautiful, I literally want to make every new recipe you post! I was made a delicious lasagna Similar to this a few years ago, but for some reason have never tried to recreate it - thanks for reminding me and enjoy your holiday!
  • sue
    This looks delicious! I have recently been looking for a lasagne dish but am debating what size to buy - could you tell me the measurements of the one you have used in the recipe?
  • Riley
    This looks so delicious! I can't wait to try it. I love your blog! The recipes are great and your photography is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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