Open Mediterranean lasagne recipe

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This open Mediterranean lasagne is a delicious recipe which combines aubergine with mozzarella to make one mouth-watering pasta recipe.

Open Mediterranean lasagne
  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Five A DayTwo
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories437 Kcal22%
Sugar8 g9%
Fat31.5 g45%
Saturated Fat11.3 g57%
Salt0.3 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein17.1 g34%
Carbohydrates21.3 g8%
Salt0.3 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Keep the calorie count at just 437 per portion with this open Mediterranean lasagne recipe.

This light, summery dinner combines tender aubergine chunks, red onion, and creamy mozzarella together to make one mouthwatering meal. A few tablespoons of red pesto adds a punch of flavour. Unlike a classic lasagne with an acres-long ingredients list, this version has relatively few ingredients, which also keeps the costs down. In fact, this is one of our favourite cheap family meals - ideal for when you want something a bit special, but still on budget. Garnish with fresh basil leaves if you have them.


  • 2 medium aubergines, trimmed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 large red onion, peeled and sliced in rings
  • 4 sheets fresh lasagne, halved
  • 2 x 125g packs mozzarella cheese, drained, each sliced into 8
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp red pesto or chilli pesto
  • A few basil leaves, for garnish




  1. To make your lasagne, set the grill to high. Slice the aubergines thickly into rings (getting 12 slices from each). Brush both sides with a little oil and pack them on a baking sheet. Grill for 4-5 mins on each side, until browned. Set aside, then oil and grill the onion slices until just browned.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the lasagne sheets in a pan of boiling water for about 4 mins. Drain well and set aside.
  3. Set the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Put 4 pieces of lasagne on it, brush them with oil, then pile on 2-3 slices of aubergine, a few onion rings, a couple of slices of mozzarella, seasoning and ½ a tbsp of pesto. Brush the other pieces of lasagne with oil, arrange at angles on top and repeat the aubergine, onion, cheese and pesto layering.
  4. Bake for 10-15 mins, until the cheese is melted and browning. Serve on hot plates, drizzle with extra olive oil and garnish with basil.

Top tips for making open Mediterranean lasagne

Fresh lasagne is quicker to cook, but you can use dried in this recipe if preferred. We’d recommend soaking the sheets beforehand in near boiling water to soften them. That way you won’t have to adjust cooking times. If you’re cooking dry lasagne sheets as they are, you may need to add 5-10 minutes onto the cooking time.

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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies