Try this recipe for a pesto greens and three-cheese lasagne, then try our shiso pesto and ricotta cannelloni, pistachio and kale pesto pasta and easy pesto pasta. Next try more vegetarian lasagne recipes.

Cook's tips: pesto greens and three-cheese lasagne recipe

  • If you want to make a stacked, multi-layered version like in the image, use a smaller deep baking dish or loaf tin, and thinner layers of filling
  • To keep the lasagne juicy, dip each sheet in boiling water before you layer up

Pesto greens and three-cheese lasagne recipe


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for the baking dish
  • 3 leeks, washed and chopped (including green parts)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 25g basil, chopped
  • 500g baby or young leaf spinach, chopped
  • 2 x 250g tubs ricotta
  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 50ml vegetable stock or water
  • 50g parmesan, grated, plus 25g for the top
  • 150g fresh green pesto
  • 20 fresh lasagne sheets


  • STEP 1

    Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the leeks until softened, then add the garlic and cook for 2 mins. Stir in the basil and spinach for 10 mins until wilted and any water has evaporated.

  • STEP 2

    Beat together the ricotta, mascarpone, stock and 50g parmesan. Season well, then keep aside 8 tbsp for the top of the lasagne. Stir the rest into the leek and spinach mixture along with the pesto. Let the mixture cool, then tip into a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

  • STEP 3

    To assemble, oil a deep 20cm x 30cm baking dish. Add a layer of lasagne sheets, trimming to fit, then spread over a fifth of the green sauce. Repeat four times with the lasagne sheets and green sauce.

  • STEP 4

    Add a final layer of lasagne sheets, then spread over the reserved ricotta mixture (loosen with a little more stock if needed). Grate over another 25g of parmesan.

  • STEP 5

    Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Bake the lasagne for 40 mins until golden and bubbling. Leave to rest for 10-15 mins before cutting into squares.

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