8.15.2014

Best Zucchini Lasagna - without Noodles!

Best Zucchini Lasagna ~ is a lasagna that is made without lasagna noodles! Instead, it's packed with thin slices of zucchini, fresh ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and low fat cheese.  If you've never had a zucchini lasagna before, you're in for a real treat!  Zucchini makes this lasagna low-carb, gluten-free and a definite crowd-pleaser!
We think our mom makes the best Zucchini Lasagna in the world! And we have been eating hers for years, but since some of us are on weight watchers, we decided to take her recipe down a notch, making it completely lighter in calories and fat, and much easier to make than hers.

We're very excited to share this recipe and show you step-by-step this zucchini lasagna we think you will love!

Also, if she knew we were doing this, she would think we were crazy or something, speaking to us in her adorable Neapolitan accent, she'd say "then-a its-a nota de same" as she always claims.

For one thing, we lightened her recipe by roasting the zucchini instead of frying. Then we made a very quick and light tomato sauce using fresh ripe tomatoes and cooking them quickly on stove top with some olive oil, garlic and red pepper.  Plus, we reduced the amount of cheese she uses as well as using low-fat mozzarella cheese.

Also, this is a lasagna that doesn't require a lot of sauce.  If you add too much sauce, it will give you a "soupy" effect, because it doesn't contain pasta noodles, or any meat to absorb some of the sauce.  So the saying goes, "less is more"- especially with this lasagna.


This zucchini lasagna always turns out great! Every time we make it! It's no wonder why there never seems to be leftovers when we make it.

A perfect vegetable lasagna to serve as the main course, especially on those meatless meals nights!

 
Here's a Tip:  Double the recipe and make a second one to freeze for a later time.  Then remove from your freezer in the morning, and allow to defrost slowly on the counter, when you return from work, place into the oven and bake it.



BEST ucchini Lasagna- without Noodles!
  • 5 to 6 medium zucchini -lightly scrape skins off 
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 large garlic cloves -thinly sliced
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes -thinly sliced
  • 6 large fresh basil leaves
  • 6 Tbsp. shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 8 ounces low-fat shredded mozzarella, divided
  • some table salt
  • olive oil cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray with cooking oil  2 large baking trays and set aside.

Slice zucchini lengthwise about 1/4 inch thick, and spread slices onto each tray.
Lightly sprinkle over them with some table salt and put them into the reheated oven.
Roast zucchini for 15 minutes, until they are tender.  Remove from oven. Set aside to cool.


In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet and sauté garlic for a few minutes, until golden brown.  Add pepper flakes and the basil and sauté for about 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes and 1/8 teaspoon of salt.  Cover and simmer on low heat for about 8 to 10 minutes. Turn off heat.


Spray the bottom and sides of a 11 x 7 or 12 x 8 rectangular baking dish with some cooking spray.
Layer with zucchini slices, side by side on the bottom of your baking dish.
Spread one third of the tomato sauce over the zucchini.  Should be a thin layer of sauce.


Scatter 2 tablespoons of shredded parmigiano cheese over the tomatoes.

Add a 2nd layer with zucchini slices, side by side to cover evenly over the first layer.
Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce over them.
Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of shredded parmigiano cheese.
Scatter 4 ounces of mozzarella on top.

Repeat the process for the 3rd layer of zucchini.
Add the remaining sauce, parmigiano cheese and mozzarella on top.


Cover with foil wrap and Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Uncover and bake for additional 10 minutes, until all the cheese has melted.

Yields: 8 Servings
  
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18 comments:

  1. This looks so healthy and delicious!!!

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  2. What a fabulous idea, and what a great idea to roast the zucchini rather than to saute it. I bet you get a greater depth of flavor that way. This looks great! Bravissime!

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    1. Welcome Marcellina! Thank you for stopping by and we're happy to meet you!

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  4. The Italian in me loves your blog so much!!! What an awesome recipe.

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  5. Sorry I've missed so much - what a busy week I've had. I love this recipe and tried something similar last year. Cheesy deliciousness!

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    1. Hope everything is going great with the new grand baby - enjoy your time with family :) Many blessings!

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  6. A healthier, lighter, yet bursting-with-flavor lasagna! This is awesome! Thank you for sharing this recipe for those of us who struggle with our weight and yet want to eat delicious Italian food! Pinning!
    xo
    Roz

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    1. Thank you Roz, this one is a winner and we make it often. I even make it with eggplant but haven't post it yet. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Se ve absolutamente delicioso una exquisitez muy buena receta saludable,abrazos.

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    1. Muchas Gracias! Estoy agradecida!

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  8. I am so ready to dig in! This sounds wonderful and I love the fresh tomato sauce as mine are finally ripening ;)

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  9. looks wonderful! love the use of the zucchini - looks delicious!
    Mary

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  10. This is just up my street! A definite one to try! Thank you!

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  11. You're welcome! Have a great day!!

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