Zucchini Lasagna (Lasagne)

Preparation time
35 mins
Cooking time
360 mins
Difficulty
moderate
Serves
12 people
Meal course
Dinner
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16 medium
Tomato
4 tbsp
Olive oil
3 tbsp
Garlic
1/2 cup
Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp
Vinegar
6 large
Zucchini
1 cup
Leek
1 cup
Celery stalk
1 cup
Carrot
1 tsp
Black Pepper
5 cup
Spinach
32 oz
Ricotta cheese
2 tbsp
Basil
2 tbsp
Fennel seed
1 LB
Ground turkey, Italian seasoned
1 tbsp
Calabrian pepper flakes
3 tbsp
Tomato paste
2 tbsp
Oregano
1 cup
Mozzarella cheese
Zucchini Lasagna (Lasagne)

This zucchini lasagna is a delicious and healthful alternative to traditional recipe prepared with noodles.

I love this zucchini lasagna. It’s got layers of flavors and textures just like the traditional version. This one is flavorful and much more healthful.

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database a restaurant serving of lasagna averages: 845 calories, 2130 mg of sodium, and 23 g of saturated fat. Compare that with this zucchini lasagna recipe’s nutritional analysis of: 339 calories, 569 mg sodium, and 8 g saturated fat.

You can use this same recipe with traditional wheat based lasagna noodles. That will work too, but the calories will be much higher. Compare the calorie counts. A cup of noodles which has 182 calories. A cup of zucchini has 19 calories.

Just like noodle based lasagna this recipe works best when it’s best made the day before serving and refrigerated. That way it has a chance to set up and the flavors develop. If you cut it the day it’s made it still will taste pretty good but you’re not going to get those cleanly cut pieces.

Now let’s talk about the importance of using good quality ingredients. I prefer concentrated tomato paste from a tube. It tastes better than the canned variety. For this recipe I also like to use low-moisture part-skim mozzarella. Fresh baby spinach has a better texture. Part skim ricotta has a good creamy texture. You could also use full fat cheeses if that’s what you prefer.

I usually use one pound of Italian seasoned ground turkey for this recipe. You could instead use uncased turkey sausage or whatever Italian sausage you like. If you decide to use plain ground meat or no meat make sure to kick up the seasoning to compensate. Adding more garlic and fennel when you’re cooking the vegetables is an easy way to turn up the flavor. You may need to add salt too. Season the sauce to taste.

Equipment you need:

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Large bowl for seasoning tomatoes
  • Large spoon, heat resistant
  • Rimmed baking sheet
  • Sauce pan
  • Mandolin
  • Blender
  • Lasagna pan
  • Oven with broiler
  • Spatula for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 325 f (163 c). Grate 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. Quarter 13 of the tomatoes. Set the remaining 3 tomatoes aside. Transfer quartered tomatoes into a bowl and toss with 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp of minced garlic, 1 tsp of Calabrian pepper flakes, and 2 tbsp of grated parmesan. Set remaining parmesan and pepper flakes aside. Zucchini lasagna tomatoes Bake tomatoes for 2 hours.
  2. While the tomatoes are baking chop leek, carrots, and celery. Use a mandolin to slice the zucchini lengthwise in oblong 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) slices. Slice remaining tomatoes into 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) slices. Stir 1 tbsp basil and 1 tbsp fennel seeds into ricotta. Mince garlic. Zucchini lasagna slices
  3. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil to sauce pan. Heat until the oil starts to shimmer. Add 1 cup each of chopped leek, celery, carrots. Add 2 tbsp minced garlic, 1 Tbsp fennel seed, 2 tsps Calabrian pepper flakes, 1 tbsp oregano, and 1 tbsp of anchovie paste to sauce pan. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are softened. Zucchini lasagna chopped vegetables
  4. Add ground turkey to saucepan and cook for about 10 minutes or until turkey is fully cooked.
  5. Remove tomatoes from oven and increase oven temperature to 375 f (191 c). Transfer tomatoes to blender and puree. Zucchini lasagna blender
  6. Pour pureed tomatoes into saucepan and stir until combined. Zucchini lasagna sauce
  7. Add a thin layer of sauce to the bottom of your lasagna pan. Arrange zucchini slices into a layer on top of the sauce. Layer zucchini slices with 1/2 of the remaining sauce. Zucchini lasagna layer Add another layer of zucchini slices. Spread ricotta over zucchini slices. Layer spinach on top of the ricotta. Zucchini lasagna spinach Layer the rest of the zucchini and top with the remaining sauce. Evenly sprinkle mozarella and parmesan and top with thinly sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Zucchini lasagna ready for oven
  8. Bake at 375 f (191 c) for 1 hour. After 1 hour turn on broiler and broil for 2 - 3 minutes or until the top is slightly golden brown.

One comment

  1. Tony said on February 16, 2016 Reply

    Super flavorful and delicious! I can’t seem to get enough of this and the reduction in calories, fat and salt compared to traditional lasagna are motivation for me to keep eating till my heart’s content.

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