Mushroom lasagne with cavolo nero

Veg it up!

  • 1 hr 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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This delicious vegetarian lasagne is full of hearty mushrooms and nutritious greens for a tasty vegetable twist on this classic dish.


  • 1 kilogram fresh ricotta
  • 1½ cups (120g) grated pecorino cheese
  • 1 cup (250ml) buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 green onions (scallions), sliced thinly
  • 500 grams small portobello mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 400 grams cavolo nero (tuscan cabbage), trimmed, chopped
  • 350 grams fresh wholemeal lasagne sheets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, extra
  • ½ cup (70g) hazelnuts, chopped coarsely
  • 1 medium lemon (140g), rind cut into thin strips
  • 1 fresh long green chilli, sliced thinly


  • 1
    Combine ricotta, half the pecorino, the buttermilk, nutmeg and grated rind in a large bowl.
  • 2
    Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add garlic, half the green onion and 400g (12½ ounces) of the mushrooms; cook, covered, for 5 minutes or until mushrooms start to soften. Add 300g (9½ ounces) of the cavolo nero; stir until wilted. Cool slightly.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
  • 4
    Grease a 3-litre (12 cup) ovenproof dish. Spread base with ¼ cup of the ricotta mixture. Top with a single layer of lasagne sheets, trimming to fit. Top with one-third of the remaining ricotta mixture and half the mushroom mixture. Continue layering, ending with ricotta mixture.
  • 5
    Cover lasagne with foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil; bake a further 20 minutes or until pasta is cooked through and top is golden brown.
  • 6
    Meanwhile, heat extra oil in a medium frying pan over high heat; cook remaining mushrooms and remaining cavolo nero, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add remaining green onion, the hazelnuts, rind strips and chilli; toss to combine.
  • 7
    Serve lasagne topped with mushroom mixture and remaining pecorino.


Lasagne can be made a day ahead. Keep, covered, in the refrigerator.

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