14 April 2016

Quick Quorn Lasagne Bites Recipe

Quick veggie lasagne bites made with Quorn mince, mushrooms, ready made cheese sauce, tomato sauce and grated mozzarella. This one is all about the short-cuts, but big flavours.


I do love veggie lasagne and now we've discovered that Violife sell dairy free mozzarella and cheddar that melts really well and tastes good too, I can also make a vegan lasagne that's just as sumptuous.

Lasagne tends to be a dish I make on a Sunday because it takes me ages to make. So many separate components to make. The savoury veggie mince in tomato sauce, the cheese sauce made from scratch, pre-boiling the lasagne sheets a little so they are soft and pliable, grating the mozzarella, then there's the stacking up and baking. It's always worth it, as it tastes so good, but it's good to have a quicker option too.

These lasagne bites are made with Quorn Meat Free Mince, which is a really handy product to have in a veggie freezer. It's great for making chilli, lasagne and bolognaise and the good news is Quorn™ now have a vegan option too (the vegan range doesn't include mince yet, see at end of post for a vegan alternative). For these quick bites I also used ready made cheese sauce from the chilled cabinet at my local supermarket, jarred rich tomato sauce, fresh lasagne sheets (also chilled) and ready grated mozzarella.





I baked my lasagne bites in a muffin tray and served them in a stack of two for height, but you could bake it in a small baking dish and create deeper layers.

You'll notice the foil backed parchment peeping out from the bowls of the muffin tray. I sprayed each bowl with cake release spray then popped in a strip of the parchment to help me lift out the bites. They came out pretty easy, I just loosened the edges a little with a knife and they popped out.

Serve two of these bites stacked with a dressed green salad as a starter.


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Quick veggie lasagne bites made with Quorn mince, mushrooms, ready made cheese sauce, tomato sauce and grated mozzarella. This one is all about the short-cuts, but big flavours.
Quick Quorn Lasagne Bites
Quick veggie lasagne bites made with Quorn Meat Free Mince, mushrooms, ready made cheese sauce, tomato sauce and grated mozzarella. This one is all about the short-cuts, but big flavours.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed
  • 4 large chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 100g  Quorn Meat Free Mince
  • ½ vegetable stock cube
  • 150g rich jarred tomato sauce
  • 4 fresh lasagne sheets
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp fresh cheese sauce
  • 4 tbsp grated mozzarella
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 200c/180c fan/400f/gas mark 6. 2. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft, then add the mushrooms and cook gently until they too are soft, then add the Quorn mince and mix well.2. Sprinkle half a stock cube over the mince mixture for extra flavour and mixed in, then pour in the tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper and cook for a couple of minutes.4. Grease or spray a muffin tray and place a long strip of greaseproof paper in each bowl to help remove the lasagne.5. Pick a glass approximately the size of the muffin bowls, draw around it with a knife and cut out 16 circles.6. Place a circle of lasagne in eight of the muffin bowls, then top with a heaped teaspoon of mince, then another layer of lasagne. Next a heaped teaspoon of cheese sauce, then a sprinkling of mozzarella.7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden. Serve two stacked for height with a dressed salad as a starter.8. Enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 4 as a starter


VEGAN

If you would like to make a vegan version of this you can finely chop Quorn Vegan Pieces or use soya mince. Try my vegan cheese sauce with nutritional yeast or Violife cheddar, grated and top with Violife mozzarella.

Why not check out the Quorn website.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I developed this recipe for Quorn. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

29 comments:

  1. Ooh, well done; this looks imaginative and tasty! Quorn is a good product and though I don't always love everything in their line, the mince is quite useful! When next we're out you're direction, we'll have to take a try of that dairy-free cheese; we had access to such interesting brands when we lived in Scotland.

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    1. Yes it's handy to have. The vegan cheese is the first we've liked and it melts really well.

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  2. What a good idea! I might eat six of these!

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    1. Haha, you could for a main meal. Maybe make a full sized one instead.

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  3. Quorn mince isn't vegan, so the beginning of this article is pretty misleading, hopefully not deliberately.

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    1. You are right, I wasn't as clear as I meant to be. I shall go back and amend. Quorn do now have vegan products, but you would have to finely chop the vegan pieces for this dish. http://www.quorn.co.uk/vegan/

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    2. Done, thanks for the prompt, I do have a tendency to waffle.

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  4. Such a great idea Jac, would be perfect for a party nibble!

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    1. Yes they are a good size for that Stuart.

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  5. They look delicious! I must remember these next time I need a 'fancy' starter :-)

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  6. Lasagna is the best! I've never tried that cheese or the mince. I'll have to keep my eyes out for them. The cheese looks like it melts perfectly!

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    1. I used the dairy mozzarella for this one, but the Violife melts really well too for a vegan version.

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  7. They look delicious. I like the idea of making them like that and placing that strip of foil is so clever.

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    1. It was a last minute thought, straight after the thought how the heck will I get them out.

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  8. What a brilliant idea and one I will definitely be trying out. It's such a good idea for picnics, parties, kids and light lunches when you don't want to eat too much. They would be great as a freezer standby too :

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  9. I love the idea of this but as I cannot eat Quorn I'll substitute with kidney beans. Do you think that would work well? Similar texture

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    1. Ah that's a shame, I think it would be tasty with kidney beans or you could use soya mince.

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  10. What a lovely idea Jac - I love 'mini' versions of anything, so cute and would be lovely for a fork buffet kind of party food. I use quorn mince a lot, such an easy source of protein.

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  11. Lasagne is one of my absolutely favourites and these little bites look delicious! I love Quorn in a lasagne, such a great texture.

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  12. These look lovely, and how they're presented too. And thanks for the tip on a meltable vegan cheese, that's really good to know!

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    1. Thanks Kavey and yes the cheese is worth trying.

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  13. This is genius Jac! My lot will love this - mini food is just the bees knees and I have all the ingredients already, perfect Friday night fodder!

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