I’ve been trying to eat a little lower carb for dinner lately, and zucchini is plentiful. I thought this lasagna would be a perfect meal to fit the bill. I found this recipe on Food.com and thought it would be perfect for what I was looking for. Of course, I had to give it some little tweaks to make it my own. I almost never make recipes as is, I always find something I can change. It makes for a great little challenge. Check out the pics below the recipe for the step by step assembly.
Pasta-less Zucchini Lasagna
- 3 large zucchini (or 5 medium) sliced about 1/4” (I used a Mandolin)
- 3/4 lb 93% lean ground beef
- 1/2 an onion, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 cup water (or chicken stock)
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup low fat ricotta
- 2 tbsp fresh basil (optional)
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley (optional)
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (divided)
- Preheat oven to 375. Roast Zucchini about 15 minutes, until tender. Set aside.
- To a large pan on medium heat, add meat and onions. Cook until meat is brown and onions are tender; drain fat (if needed). Add next 7 ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered 10 minutes.
- Taste meat sauce and add salt & pepper if necessary.
- In small bowl slightly beat egg.
- Add ricotta, parmesan and half of shredded cheese and the fresh herbs (if you are using them).
- In (2 quart or so)baking-roasting pan arrange half of the meat mixture. Top with half of the zucchini and all the ricotta mixture. Top with remaining meat and zucchini. Finish with the rest of the mozzarella cheese
- Bake uncovered at 375 degrees F for 35 – 40 minutes.
- Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Makes about 4 servings.
It was a winning recipe! Jay gave 2 thumbs and a fully belly up…. and he is PICKY when it comes to anything resembling Lasagna. I’m “allowed” to make it whenever I want
Are you a recipe tweaker too?