Tuesday, August 6, 2013
It's that time of year again -- Zucchini Time! They are plentiful at the moment, and I'm loving it! Unfortunately, I'm the only member of my family that loves the zukes, which means I end up having to "hide" them in foods quite often. I love making Zucchini Bread, as well as Slow-Cooker Thai Chicken, which uses zucchini as well. But I wanted something new.
I was talking with my friend Amy and she mentioned that she had made lasagne, substituting zucchini for the noodles. Her only complaint was that you didn't taste enough of the zucchini. Perfect! I thought. My family will love it! Of course, if you are a big lover of zucchini you can double it, and just put thicker layers of the zucchini between the layers of cheese and meat.
I served this with some amazing cheesy garlic bread that I found on this site.
As a side note, this makes one 8"x8" square pan, enough for 6 servings. If you want a 9"x13" pan, you can double the recipe.
Recipe adapted from Natalie Beal
1 T olive oil
1/2 lb Italian sausage
1 tsp minced garlic
1 T fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes (or 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped)
1 6-oz can tomato paste
1 large zucchini, very thinly sliced into circles or half-circles (use a Mandolin or food processor if you have one!)
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 lb shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 375F.
In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add Italian sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned. Add garlic, basil, salt, tomatoes, and tomato paste and stir to combine. Cook 5-10 minutes on a low simmer. Set aside.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine cottage cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese, parsley, pepper and all but 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese. Set aside the last 1/4 cup of mozzarella to put on top of the lasagne before baking.
Spoon a very small amount of the meat sauce into the bottom of an 8"x8" square pan and spread to thinly cover the bottom. Layer half the zucchini, with edges of circles slightly overlapping, in rows until the bottom of the pan is covered. Next spread half the cheese mixture on top of the zucchini, followed by half the meat mixture. Next layer the remaining zucchini slices, followed by the remainder of the cheese and then the meat sauce. Top with the 1/4 cup reserved mozzarella cheese.
Bake in the preheated 375F oven for 30 minutes. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.