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vegan puerto rican lasagna

Vegan Puerto Rican Lasagna

A delicious and meaty vegan version of the Puerto Rican Pastalon or lasagna. Layers of plantains and mincemeat with cheese, you won't even think it's meat and dairy-free.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Carribean
Servings 4
Calories 632 kcal


  • Blender


  • 150 g soy protein aka Textured vegetable protein
  • 3 tbsp sofrito recipe link in post
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 5 olives green work best
  • 1 can tomato puree tomato sauce in USA
  • 2 cloves garlic


  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 very ripe plantains
  • 6 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup grated vegan cheese


  • Soak the TVP (mincemeat) in hot water for 10 minutes
  • Make your sofrito or buy from an international store.
  • Chop your garlic, olives and red bell pepper.
  • Drain the mincemeat.
  • Heat a pot with 2 tbsp olive oil on high and add 3 Tbsp sofrito to the pot. Cook for 40 seconds.
  • Add the garlic, red pepper and olives. Cook for 1 minute
  • Add the mincemeat and cook for a few minutes until the excess water has dried up.
  • Add the can of tomato puree and decrease the temperature to low.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes.

Plantain lasagna sheets

  • Add the cooking oil to a pan. I used coconut oil.
  • Cut the skin off the plantains, cut them in half and then slice them into sheets.
    plantains for pastelon
  • Heat the oil to medium heat. When you add the plantains the oil should start to bubble immediately. Fry on both sides. This takes about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oil and drain on paper towel.
  • Layer the plantains in the bottom of an oiled baking dish.
  • Add the mincemeat. You can add another layer of plantains and mincemeat to make it a deep dish lasagna.
  • Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake in the oven on 400F or 220C for 30 minutes before serving.


Dish size - I used a large casserole dish but this would be better in a square 9x9inch dish and layered twice. 
Keyword Carribean food, Puerto Rican Lasagna, Vegan lasagna, Vegan Pastelon, Vegan Puerto Rican food