Zucchini Lasagna

Indulge in the flavors of Italy while embracing a healthier alternative with our mouthwatering Zucchini Lasagna. This delectable dish swaps traditional lasagna noodles for tender zucchini slices, creating a low-carb and gluten-free masterpiece that’s both nutritious and satisfying. Layers of zucchini are intermingled with rich marinara sauce, creamy ricotta cheese, and gooey mozzarella, resulting in a lasagna that’s bursting with flavor and comfort. Whether you’re following a low-carb lifestyle or seeking to incorporate more veggies into your diet, our Zucchini Lasagna is the perfect solution. With each forkful, you’ll experience the essence of Italian cuisine without the guilt. Elevate your dinner table and treat your taste buds to a delightful and wholesome experience with this wholesome and delicious Zucchini Lasagna!

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Zucchini Lasagna

Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 6 servings

Difficulty: Intermediate

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Italian

kcal: Approximately 250 calories per serving

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Ingredients:

  • 4 large zucchinis, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar of marinara sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

Step 1: Preparing the Zucchini

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, thinly slice the zucchinis lengthwise into approximately 1/8-inch thick strips.
  3. Lay the zucchini slices on a paper towel-lined baking sheet and lightly salt them. Let them sit for 15 minutes to release excess moisture.

Step 2: Making the Meat Sauce

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until softened and translucent.
  2. Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook for an additional 30 seconds until fragrant.
  3. Add the ground beef or turkey to the skillet, breaking it up with a spoon. Cook until browned and fully cooked through.
  4. Pour the marinara sauce into the skillet, and season with dried basil, dried oregano, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and black pepper. Let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

Step 3: Preparing the Ricotta Mixture

  1. In a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, egg, and grated Parmesan cheese. Mix until well combined, creating a creamy and flavorful ricotta mixture.

Step 4: Assembling the Zucchini Lasagna

  1. In the greased baking dish, start by spreading a thin layer of the meat sauce at the bottom.
  2. Layer the zucchini slices over the sauce, creating an even layer.
  3. Spread a portion of the ricotta mixture on top of the zucchini layer.
  4. Sprinkle a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese over the ricotta mixture.
  5. Repeat the layers by adding more meat sauce, zucchini, ricotta mixture, and mozzarella cheese until all ingredients are used up. The final layer should be mozzarella cheese.

Step 5: Baking the Zucchini Lasagna

  1. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake the lasagna in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

Step 6: Nutrition Facts

(Note: The following nutritional information is approximate and may vary based on specific ingredients used and serving sizes.)

  • Calories: 250 kcal per serving
  • Total Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 500mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 20g

Step 7: Serving and Enjoying

  1. Allow the Zucchini Lasagna to rest for a few minutes before serving.
  2. Garnish with fresh basil leaves or a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese for added flavor and presentation.
  3. Serve this delightful low-carb creation hot alongside a side salad or steamed vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal.

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Note: Our Zucchini Lasagna offers a wholesome and delicious twist on the classic Italian favorite. The combination of tender zucchini, savory meat sauce, and creamy ricotta cheese creates a symphony of flavors that will transport you to the heart of Italy with each mouthful. This low-carb option is perfect for those seeking to cut back on traditional pasta while enjoying the essence of comfort food. The layers of zucchini provide a delightful texture and lighten up the dish, making it ideal for those looking to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Customize the seasonings and cheese options to suit your taste preferences, and enjoy the versatility and deliciousness of our Zucchini Lasagna. Whether it’s a cozy family dinner or a special occasion, this wholesome and flavorful dish will be a hit at any table. Embrace the goodness of veggies, and savor the richness of Italian flavors with this delightful Zucchini Lasagna! 🥒🍅🧀😋

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