Sweet potatoes are on my short list of amazing greatness in the food category. My favorite kind of sweet potato is the Japanese variety. It has a yellow flesh, a dry texture, and the flavor of Italian chestnuts. Japanese sweets are delicious in this recipe, but any sweet potato will do. The combination of sweet potatoes, marinara, and noodles is ridiculously satisfying, and shockingly surprising to omnivores in this vegan sensation of an entree. This recipe could possibly change your life and the lives of those around you.
Think ahead and if you can, roast the sweets while cooking other things in the oven to get the maximum usage of your BTUs and save time when putting the lasagna together.
Prep time: 20 to 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hours, 10 minutes, plus roasting sweet potatoes
Serves 8 to 10
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small onion, diced
24-ounce jar marinara sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon light-colored vinegar
1 cup water
3 roasted sweet potatoes, peeled and cooled
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
16-ounce package lasagna noodles (traditional or no-boil)
roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons toasted breadcrumbs or Nu Cheeze
After about 15 minutes, remove sauce from heat. Assemble lasagna by scantily covering the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ pan with 1/2 cup sauce. Next, lay out a row of noodles edge to edge in a single layer. Evenly drop about half of the mashed sweet potatoes in large spoonfuls over the noodles; do not spread. Drop 1 cup sauce in spoonfuls, add a second layer of noodles, and press down gently until sauce oozes through the noodle layer. Add remaining sweet potatoes, then 1 1/2 cups sauce and a third layer of noodles. Spread remaining 1 cup sauce over the top. Cover lasagna with thinly sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle breadcrumbs or Nu Cheeze on top and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
Cover with foil and bake for 60 minutes, removing foil at 40 minutes to brown the top. The lasagna is done when a knife inserted in the very middle slides in and out easily, ensuring cooked noodles. Let cool 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
Enjoy and think about what your life was like before sweet potato lasagna.