Zucchini Lasagna

My boyfriend and I love the lasagna from Senza Gluten. Not that relevant, just saying. After some zucchini noodle inspiration with the Veggetti, we decided to kick it up a notch and try Zucchini Lasagna. It’s hearty, lasts well for leftovers, and gives me an excuse to eat ricotta.  Takes a little time but is pretty easy, especially if you have a mandolin to slice the zucchini.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 zucchini (you may not need them all, but I always buy 4)
  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 can tomato sauce (I like arrabiata, but tomato basil, etc. would do)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups low fat ricotta
  • 1 package (16 oz) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • shredded mozzarella bag – use as much as makes you happy
  • some Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top, if you feel like it

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 325F. Find a dish that looks like it would cook a lasagna (a la 9X13 baking pan)
  • Peel zucchini.  Then using a peeler or mandolin, create thin slices of zucchini. Set aside on some paper towels to reduce some of their moisture.
  • Prepare the meat sauce – cook the ground beef, then add tomato sauce. Let it sit on low once to thicken up and flavor itself.
  • Separately, in a bowl, mix ricotta and egg.
  • And also separately, thaw your spinach and drain out moisture
  • To assemble: 1/2 the meat sauce on the bottom, 1/2 the zucchini (overlap them so it feels like you’re creating a healthy layer), 1/2 the ricotta mixture, all of the spinach, 1/2 the mozzarella.  And repeat.  If you have some, throw some Parmesan cheese on top.
  • Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil. Raise temperature to 350F, and bake for another 15 minutes.  Let stand for a bit before serving.

*credit: recipe is inspired/simplified from this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/172958/no-noodle-zucchini-lasagna/

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