creamy mushroom and kale lasagna

Cashews make a creamy, alfredo-like sauce for this lasagna -- without the dairy!



  • 12 whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2-4 hours, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups boiling water, reserved from cooking lasagna noodles
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound white mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 pound kale, rinsed thoroughly, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Prepare the lasagna noodles according to instructions on package, reserving 3 cups of cooking liquid.
  3. To make the sauce, place the raw cashews and 1 cup of reserved water in a blender or food processor and process until the sauce is smooth. Add more water as needed until sauce has a creamy, alfredo-like texture, neither too thick nor too thin. Add the lemon juice, garlic, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, nutritional yeast, and rosemary. Process again until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms and cook until the liquid evaporates and the mushrooms begin to brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in the kale and continue cooking until wilted, about 2 minutes more; remove from heat.
  5. Spread about 1/2 cup of the cashew sauce on the bottom of a 8 x 8 inch baking dish that's been lightly coated with oil. Layer 4 lasagna noodles and top with half of the veggie mixture. Top with 1/3 of the remaining cashew sauce, 4 more noodles, remaining veggie mixture, another third of the cashew sauce, and then the rest of the noodles. Spread the last of the cashew sauce over the top of the lasagna. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Let the lasagna rest for 5 minutes, then cut into pieces and serve.