Zucchini Lasagna

We’ve been meaning to try zucchini lasagna for some time, and I’m glad we finally got around to it – we loved it!  It was a bit time consuming to make sure the zucchini lost some of its water content, but totally worth it.  I normally avoid reduced fat cheeses, but in this case, it was not noticeable when included in a very flavorful casserole.  This used up the last of our tomato sauce from last summer, but a good use for sure. 🙂  The picture isn’t the most beautiful, but you get the idea.  This came from skinnytaste, and other than using my own sauce, I followed it exactly.  Don’t skip grilling the zucchini – it’s worth it. 🙂

zucchinilasgana

  • 1 lb 93% lean beef
  • 3 medium zucchini, sliced 1/8″ thick
  • 15 oz part-skim ricotta
  • 16 oz part-skin mozzarella cheese, shredded 
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 large egg
  • Tomato sauce of choice – we used a spicy homemade version

In a medium sauce pan, brown meat and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc. Drain if necessary.

Meanwhile, slice zucchini into 1/8″ thick slices with a mandolin, and lightly salt and set aside or 10 minutes. Zucchini has a lot of water when cooked, salting it takes out a lot of moisture. After 10 minutes, blot excess moisture with a paper towel.

Grill zucchini on a pan or the outdoor grill, about 1-2 min on each side. Place on paper towels to soak any excess moisture.

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a medium bowl mix ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and egg. Stir well.

In a 9×13 casserole dish, spread some sauce on the bottom and layer the zucchini to cover. Then place some of the ricotta cheese mixture, then top with the mozzarella cheese and repeat the process until all your ingredients are used up. Top with sauce and mozzarella and cover with foil.

Bake 45 minutes covered at 375°, then uncovered 15 minutes, and then broil for a minute or two to brown the cheese.  Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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