Close-up of Dave's Veggie Lasagna
Recipe courtesy of Mary McCartney

Dave Grohl's Badass Lasagna

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 45 min
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
Dave Grohl shared this family favorite with me, and it's the best lasagna I have ever tasted! I make mine dairy free by swapping out the butter for 4 extra tablespoons of olive oil and the mozzarella and Parmesan with vegan alternatives.



  1. Heat the oil and butter in a large flame-proof pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, celery, carrots and bay leaves and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 10 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat up to medium-high. Add the plant-based ground beef alternative and break up with a fork if necessary. Add the tomato paste and marinara sauce and cook until bubbly, about 2 minutes. 
  3. Splash in the red wine and cook until it has evaporated. Remove the bay leaves, then pour in the broth and add the nutmeg, 3 pinches of salt and a sprinkle of pepper. 
  4. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally and adding a splash of water if dry, until the sauce has darkened and thickened and all the flavors have infused, about 2 hours.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) with a rack in the center. Grease an 8-by-12-inch broiler-safe baking dish or lasagna pan with butter.
  6. Spoon a thin layer of sauce into the bottom of the pan. Top with a layer of 3 pasta sheets, followed by a third of the remaining sauce and a third of the mozzarella and Parmesan. Repeat the layers with the pasta, sauce and cheeses twice more until you have 3 layers in total.
  7. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake until the lasagna is bubbling and the cheese is melted, about 25 minutes.
  8. Remove the foil and turn the oven to broil, keeping the lasagna on the center rack. Cook to crisp the top, being careful not to let it burn, 10 to 15 minutes more.
  9. Let cool for 15 minutes. Then it's ready to eat.