Grown Up Lasagna Helper {Vegan}

If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I love to collect pasta.  Yes, collect.  If I see a new pasta shape that I haven’t used in a recipe before, I buy it. When I found these (Mafalda) mini lasagna noodles, my mind immediately jumped to Lasagna Helper.  But this isn’t just any Lasagna Helper, it’s Grown Up Lasagna Helper! Ooh la la 😉

Grown Up Lasagna Helper

I begin by sauteeing the onion in a small amount of oil and then it’s time to build the flavors with minced garlic, vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, parsley and Italian seasonings.  Season with Mrs. Dash Italian blend (or something similar), adding salt and pepper to taste. Now it’s time to add the dried pasta, bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover for about 20 minutes.

Grown Up Lasagna Helper

So far things have been pretty traditional, right? But what sets this Lasagna Helper apart is how I serve it.  You may have seen my review of Field Roast’s vegan CHAO cheese slices on my 2nd site, Living Vegan.  I decided to take it a step further and see if I could grate the slices.  It was surprisingly easier than it sounded.  I stacked them up, held them together and it grated perfectly!  It even melted on top of the pasta and that is why this is quickly becoming my favorite vegan cheese.

Grown Up Lasagna Helper

I decided I wanted this to be a three cheese lasagna, so I also added a sprinkle of vegan parmesan (or nutritional yeast if you prefer), and a scoop of vegan ricotta in addition to the shredded CHAO cheese.  I use the Tofutti brand of vegan ricotta because it is so close in texture to the real deal.  If you have it in you to make homemade cashew ricotta, that would be amazing as well.

Serve with homemade garlic toast and you have yourself a pretty awesome homemade Grown Up Lasagna Helper.

Grown Up Lasagna Helper

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Grown Up Lasagna Helper

Grown Up Lasagna Helper

Grown Up Lasagna Helper {vegan}

Grown Up Lasagna Helper {vegan}
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author aimee


  • 1 tbsp Oil of your choosing
  • 1 small Onion diced
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 2 c Vegetable Broth
  • 14.5 oz. can Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • ½ tsp Italian Seasoning Blend
  • 1 tbsp Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Malfada (mini lasagna noodles) or other similar-sized Pasta
  • Vegan Parmesan or Nutritional Yeast
  • Vegan Cheese Shreds (I used CHAO Cheese and grated it)
  • Vegan Ricotta or homemade Cashew Ricotta


  1. In a large skillet, add 1 tbsp oil and the diced onion. Saute for 3-5 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add minced garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, Italian seasoning, parsley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add the noodles and reduce heat, simmering covered for about 20 minutes.
  5. Ladle into bowls with a dollop of vegan ricotta, a sprinkling of the vegan parmesan and vegan shredded cheese.

  6. Garnish with fresh Italian parsley and serve with homemade garlic toast.
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