Meatless Monday Recipe | Black Bean Lasagna


Although my husband doesn’t love meatless meals, he is on board for going Meatless one night a week to help out the family budget.  Not only are food prices, especially meat,  increasing, but so are the ages and sizes of our five children.  It seems that my 16 year old has an empty leg he can eat so much.  So cutting the cost of a meal, by cutting out meat is really worthwhile in our house.

I’ve been trying each week to come up with something new that is tasty, easy, frugal and in most cases relatively fast.  Today’s Meatless Monday recipe is Black Bean Lasagna.  I adapted the recipe from Taste of Home to make my version of Black Bean Lasagna.

To make the preparation of the meal a bit quicker, I used the BirdsEye Recipe Ready Onion and Garlic mixture I had gotten free with coupons.  If it hadn’t been free and sitting in my freezer I definitely would have just diced up an onion myself and added some minced garlic.  As it was, I did add another spoonful of minced garlic.

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Help the Budget by going Meatless with this Black Bean Lasagna Recipe. It's Tasty, Easy and Frugal.
Recipe type: Vegetarian Meal
Serves: 8
  • Olive Oil to coat bottom of pan
  • Red Pepper, chopped
  • Package of Birds Eye Recipe Ready Onion and Garlic
  • 1 spoonful of Minced Garlic
  • 1 can (28 oz) Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 4 - 5 Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 cans black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 16 oz RIcotta Chees
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 2 Cups Mozarella Cheese
  • 6 Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Heat thin layer of oil in pot
  3. Add in Garlic, Readymade Onions and Garlic, peppers
  4. Saute until onions transluscent
  5. Stir in tomatoes and seasoning (except parsley and oregano) and bring to boil
  6. Add in black beans and reduce heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes
  7. In seperate bowl combine ricotta cheese, ricotta, dried parsley and oregano
  8. Grease 9x13 baking dish (I used cooking spray)
  9. Spoon in ⅓ of sauce with blackbeans and sprinkle on layer of Mozzarella Cheese
  10. Top with noodles and then cover with ½ of Ricotta Mixture
  11. Repeat the two steps above and then in the final layer use sauce and just Mozarella Cheese.
  12. Cover and Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  13. Let stand for 15 minutes if you want it solid. I was in a hurry so this step got skipped.

Cost Breakdown for Black Bean Lasagna

The total cost of my Black Bean Lasagna was just $5.47.  Here’s the breakdown and how I took advantage of items in my stockpile and freezer.  Considering this fed 7 people, not bad at all.  To fill the bellies even further, I served the lasagna with some romaine lettuce.

Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles – 40 cents – I used half a box that I had picked up for 80 cents with coupon deal.
2 Cans Black Beans – 59 cents each at Aldi = $1.18
Ricotta Cheese – $1.25 – I picked up a whole container for $2.49 with this coupon deal and used half the container.
Onion and Garlic – Free
Crushed Tomatoes – 22 cents with coupon deal + SavingStar Cashback
Egg –  15 cents
Mozzarella Cheese – $1.67 with Super Saver Sale at Shop N Save
Red Pepper – 99 cents – it was on it’s last leg and would have gone bad if I didn’t use it.
Spices – 20 cents – Get these for a great deal at Aldi

Family Reviews of Black Bean Lasagna

My Husbands thoughts– He tends to be the pickiest when it comes to meatless meals, so I really value his opinion.  For Black Bean Lasagna, he said it’s pretty good, but it would be better with meat.  Guess his favorite meatless meal is still the Mexican Cabbage Tortillas because he didn’t even complain about the lack of meat in that one.

11 Year Old Daugter – All the kids actually really enjoyed it, but she did suggest trying it with garbanzo beans next time and perhaps put in some kalamata olives – like Grandma did.  I’m not a fan of olives myself, so think I’ll skip that suggestion, but will probably give garbanzo beans a try next time.

You can find more meatless meal ideas here.

What steps do you take to cut the food budget other than coupons and grocery sales?  Do you have any great ideas?  I would love to hear them if you do.

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  1. Arizona Jones says:

    This was a great recipe. We did have a slight issue with the noodles being under cooked after being in the oven for 35 minutes. Next time I may have to put it in for 45.

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