Deconstructed Lasagna is our version of the ultimate comfort food dinner. Tender noodles enveloped in flavorful sauce and topped with cheese.
My husband and I both grew up eating lasagna. There is just something about that hearty, saucy dish that is so comforting to us! Maybe you find it comforting too?
For this dish, you might be wondering why its called lasagna because it doesn’t look like your traditional lasagna!? Great question.
We took almost the same ingredients from our favorite lasagna recipe and made it into a pasta bake. We liked to call this deconstructed lasagna.
Lasagna is traditionally a dish of layers. This one is as well. It starts with a noodle/sauce base, then comes the ricotta and then more pasta/sauce and finally cheese!! It comes together to create the most ultimate gluten-free comfort dish!
I’ve gotten some questions about the noodles, we have also made this using actual lasagna noodles. We like to break up the noodles and not use the full long noodles. Just something fun!
We used the Organic Red Lentil Penne from Explore Cuisine. This is a very trusted brand in our household. We eat a lot of their pasta!
This particular pasta is packed with plant-based protein. It has 11 grams of protein per serving as well as certified gluten-free! Our family loves this pasta!
So you are going to start with a 9X13 baking dish. Be sure to lightly oil the dish, so the pasta doesn’t stick to it!
Then you are going to cook that delicious gluten-free pasta! This deconstructed lasagna is about to get underway! Get your tastebuds ready!
Once that gluten-free pasta is cooked, you are going to combine it with your favorite red sauce. This is where your own spin comes in. You can use a jarred sauce (I did!) or you can make your own sauce! You get to pick and customize here!
Next, you are going to mix together most of the dairy ingredients. So the ricotta cheese gets some action at this point in the game! For me, this is the comfort part! Oh, so tasty!
Now, we begin layering the deconstructed lasagna. First up, is the gluten-free pasta with sauce. You are going to put half of that mixture into the oiled baking casserole!
Then, you are going to add in what I like to call the comfort layer. Yes that ricotta cheese layer is going to lay right on tope of the sauced pasta! What do you think comes next?
You guessed it! The remaining pasta with sauce goes on top of the ricotta! Now this deconstructed lasagna dish is really coming together! Time to bake it in the oven!
When it comes out of the oven, be sure to garnish with some torn parsley. Fresh herbs give the deconstructed lasagna some flavor and a pop of color!
Are you getting hungry for the recipe? Let’s go ahead and do this, shall we? I am getting hungry too!
- 8 oz of Organic Red Lentil Penne by Explore Cuisine
- 32 oz pasta sauce
- 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
- 2 eggs
- ¾ c parmesan cheese
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- Prepare the pasta, per the directions on the box.
- In a bowl combine the ricotta, eggs and parmesan. Blend until smooth and well mixed.
- When pasta is done, drain under cool water.
- In a new bowl, combine the pasta and sauce. Stir to combine.
- Lightly oil a 9X13 baking casserole. Put half the pasta mixture in the casserole dish.
- Top with all the ricotta mixture.
- Add remaining pasta mixture to the casserole dish, creating layers.
- Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Remove cover, add mozzarella. Put back in oven until cheese is melted.
Thank you to Explore Cuisine for sponsoring this recipe. Our family LOVES your pasta!
Looking for more gluten-free recipes? You can check out all our recipes, that use Explore Cuisine pastas! Yummy recipes like: Kid Friendly Pasta Salad, Vegetable Bolognese, Warm Black Bean and Corn Pasta Salad, Spaghetti Stuffed Peppers, Roasted Cauliflower Alfredo and Vegetable Ragu.
Let’s talk! Are you a pasta lover? Have you tried a deconstructed lasagna or pasta bake before? Leave me a comment below!