Vegan Gluten-free Lentil Lasagne with Cashew Cream Sauce

This gluten free, vegan lasagne is a fantastic alternative to the meaty, dairy laden versions. It’s tasty, filling and full of healthy protein and nutritional goodness. In this version I use twirly rice fusilli pasta instead of flat lasagne pasta sheets. You can, of course, buy pasta sheets and use them instead. Gluten free pasta sheets are more specialist and expensive (here in the UK at least), so I prefer to use fusilli. Any good health food store should have gluten free pasta – use whatever you can find. I felt quite excited at having a creamy ‘cheese’ type sauce on top too and opted for cashew sauce, which, with it’s rich creaminess, works lovely as a dairy-free sauce alternative. After baking in the oven for 40 minutes it gives a pleasant rich crispy ‘can’t-quite-guess-what-it-is-but-I-like-it‘ effect. This dish works for gluten-free vegans and regular eaters alike. We enjoy this with a hearty green salad.

Vegan Gluten-free Lentil Lasagne with Cashew Cream Sauce

Vegan Gluten-free Lentil Lasagne with Cashew Cream Sauce

Yield: 4 portions
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 minute

A delicious gluten-free, dairy-free lentil lasagne with cashew 'cheeze' sauce.


Main ingredients:

  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 large cloves of garlic
  • 200g mushrooms
  • Splash of olive oil
  • 200g puy lentils (or brown lentils)
  • 450ml spring water
  • 1 heaped teaspoon allspice
  • 1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cardamon
  • 500ml passata (or tinned tomatoes)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large handful fresh parsley
  • 150g rice pasta
  • 1 small apple

Cashew 'cheeze' sauce:

  • 100g cashews
  • 1 large lemon
  • Pinch black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 heaped teaspoon dried parsley
  • Extra water (to thin if needed)


  • The cashew sauce is made by first soaking the cashews for up to an hour to make them soft enough to blend.
  • Place the cashews into a mug or jug along with the juiced lemon, salt, pepper and parsley.
  • Allow the cashews to soak in the lemon juice for up to an hour and then blend with a blender to create a thick creamy sauce.
  • If the sauce is too thick then add a dash of water to achieve your desired sauce like consistency.
  • Roughly chop red onion and mushrooms.
  • Crush or finely chop garlic and saute in a medium sized pan with onion and mushrooms (with a splash of olive oil) for a couple of minutes to bring out their flavour.
  • Add the lentils and water to the pan and bring to the boil.
  • In the meantime add allspice, cinnamon, cardamon, sea salt, coconut sugar and passata to the pan, stirring to mix everything together.
  • Once the pan has come to the boil turn down to a low/medium heat, placing the lid on. Stir regularly over a period of about 45 minutes or until all water has absorbed and the mixture resembles a thick sauce. If you are busy and want to come back to this later, then simply cook for about 30 minutes, turn off and leave it to finish cooking with the lid on, in its own heat.
  • Whilst the lentil part is cooking in the pan, cook the pasta, drain it and put to the side.
  • Slice apple into thin slices and roughly chop parsley.
  • When the lentil part has cooked, add the parsley to the pan and mix in.
  • Spoon about half of this lentil mixture into an oven proof dish and add a layer of your cooked rice pasta (this should be about ½ of your pasta). Make up another layer on top of the pasta with your apple slices.
  • Spoon the rest of your lentil mixture on top of your apple layer and then add another layer with the rest of the pasta.
  • Spoon/pour on your cashew sauce on top of the final layer of pasta. If the cashew sauce seems too thick, then add a little water to loosen it up.
  • Your layers might resemble something like this:
  • (base) lentil - pasta - apple - lentil - pasta - cashew sauce (topping)
  • But remember there is no right or wrong. If you creativity is inspired, then let it flow!
  • Place your whole dish in the oven at gas mark 6 (200˚C/400˚F) for approximately 40 minutes and then serve hot with veggies or salad.
  • Notes

    You will also need:
    An oven proof dish approx 21 x 15cm (6cm deep) or 8½ x 6 inches (2½in deep)

    Making up the layers on the lasagne…

    adding a layer of thinly sliced apples

    making up the layers on the lasagne

    This recipe is from my book Angelicious. Click here to check it out.

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    1. lisa February 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm - Reply


      This looks amazing! Another tasty dish for me to try. I love the idea of adding cardamon to it. It is a spice that I really like but don’t use much.

      • Trinity February 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm - Reply

        I hope you enjoy this one as much as we do. I’ve been creating quite a few new gluten free dishes that I think you’ll enjoy Lisa – my favourites are the ‘sweet fig slice’ and ‘dairy-free, no-tofu quiche’! I’ll be posting them soon.

        I’m feeling incredibly inspired and have been feeling my next booking coming ‘Trinity’s Gluten-Free Vegan Kitchen’…

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    5. Airyfairycelt April 11, 2015 at 6:47 am - Reply

      Oh very good, I can see I will have to have discipline and do a menu plan.
      I find the gf sheets etc. very expensive in Ireland too. I quite often just mix gf flour and water and roll out, then cut little squares and bake as mini biscuits for dipping or for layering in casseroles or lasagnes.
      The leftovers seem to go missing very quickly as there is someone lurking in the kitchen.

    6. Lisa July 22, 2015 at 11:18 am - Reply

      This was soooo good!! I used precooked lentils so it didn’t take long to make at all. It is so yummy. My meat eating husband loved it too!! Can’t wait to finish it off tomorrow, it’s gonna taste even better on day 2!

    7. Ursula Clarke September 23, 2018 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Really yummy! We added some nutritional yeast to the cashew layer and a bit of our favourite vegan cheese to give it an extra punch. Thank you Trinity!

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