Zucchini Lasagne

By replacing the lasagna noodles with thin sliced zucchini you can create a delicious, lower carb (gluten-free) lasagna that’s loaded with vegetables, and you won’t miss the pasta! This feeds eight, and is quite filling.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 93% lean beef
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 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

Method

  1. In a medium sauce pan, brown meat and season with salt.
  2. When cooked drain in colander to remove any fat.
  3. Add olive oil to the pan and saute garlic and onions about 2 minutes.
  4. Return the meat to the pan, add tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper.
  5. Simmer on low for at least 30-40minutes, covered. Do not add extra water, the sauce should be thick.
  6. Slice the zucchini into 1/8″ thick slices, add lightly salt and set aside or 10 minutes. Zucchini has a lot of water when cooked, salting it takes out a lot of moisture.
  7. After 10 minutes, blot excess moisture with a paper towel.
  8. Grill the zucchini on each side, until cooked, about 1-2 minutes per side. Place on paper towels to soak any excess moisture.
  9. Preheat oven to 350°.
  10. In a medium bowl mix ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and egg. Stir well.
  11. In a 9×12 casserole spread some sauce on the bottom and layer the zucchini to cover.
  12. 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.
  13. Top with sauce and mozzarella and cover with foil.
  14. Bake 45 minutes covered at 375°, then uncovered 15 minutes.
  15. Let it stand for about 5 – 10 minutes before serving.

Tips:

  • Using a mandoline is a must to slice the zucchini thin, and it’s quick and easy.
  • Grilling the zucchini first greatly improves it by reducing the amount of liquid.
  • You also need to soak up as much of the liquid as you can with paper towels before layering the ingredients.
  • You can also make the sauce ahead of time if you want to speed this up for a weeknight.

Serves 8 – Serving Size: 1/8 – Nutrition Per Serving
Calories: 345, Fat: 17g, Carbohydrates: 16g, Fibre: 2g, Protein: 36g, Sugar: 8g