Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Zucchini & Spinach Lasagna

This is what happens when the garden is overflowing with zucchini and spinach, a delicious and wonderful lasagna.

IMG_1804Zucchini & Spinach Lasagna

This recipe makes two deep half pans.

  • 1 (12 oz) package Oven ready lasagna (no need to boil noodles or fresh or regular lasagna noodles but omit the water for fresh or pre-boiled noodles)
  • 2 lbs. Ricotta cheese (skim, part-skim, whole...doesn't matter)
  • 4 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large bunch of fresh basil, chopped
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 3 large zucchini, sliced lengthwise about finger thickness
  • 2 cups fresh chopped spinach
  • 8 cups homemade Bolognese sauce (meat sauce) or other very thick sauce of your choice
  • 2 cups water (need to add to the sauce because I use the no-boil noodles and need the extra liquid but omit if you use fresh or pre-boil your noodles)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In medium bowl combine Ricotta, 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, eggs, and about 2/3 of the basil, a couple of grinds of both salt and pepper. Mix well.

In another medium bowl combine the spaghetti sauce and water. Mix well.

In each pan: Spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce, place 1/4 of the package (4 pieces) of lasagna noodles over the sauce in each pan, spread 1/4 of the Ricotta cheese mixture over lasagna; top with 1/4 of the chopped spinach followed by 1/4 of the sliced zucchini. Add a layer of your meat sauce topped with 1/4 of the remaining Mozzarella and 1/4 of the remaining Parmesan. Repeat layering once, lasagna noodle, Ricotta mixture, spinach, zucchini, sauce and finishing with the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Wrap the lasagna tightly with heavy duty or a double layer of foil which you tent up a bit so that it doesn't lay on and stick to the cheese.

Bake for 75 minutes covered or until the lasagna is fork tender. Remove the foil and if cheese is not golden and brown, keep foil off and put lasagna back in the oven for 10 minutes or so until it reaches the desired color.

Let stand for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving.


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  1. I noticed that you use zucchini a lot. I've never had it, but the recipes do look really good. How did you come across the zucchini lemon cookies?

  2. This looks amazing, I can't wait to give it a try!

  3. I'm going to try your recipe this fall!

  4. Looks delish.

    We'd love you to share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  5. This looks fantastic!!! I've got to try it. I swear by not boiling the noodles - it was the only way I ever got a lasagna that didn't slide apart when I served it!

  6. All my kids love Lasagna. I will have to try this when we all get together.
    New follower from Savory Sunday.

  7. This looks delicious! I love lasagna and I'm about to have a ton of zucchini! I'm adding this to my "to make" list!! :)

  8. What a great way to have zucchini. I bet I could make it gluten free by just leaving out the noodles. Can't wait to try! Thanks for the share on this week's Sugar Free Sunday

  9. YUM! I'd love to make this, but I would be the only one to eat it...my kids are so super picky! We are in the same (zucchini) boat, I've been putting it in everything! My poor plants are all gone now however. This heat has killed everything...but they had a very good run! Checking in from Miz Helen's :)

  10. i wanna try this...a much healthier version of the famed lasagna.
    thanks for sharing.

  11. Great lasagna, full of veggies. It won't be as heavy as the lasagna with meat filling. Looks yummy!

    The Twerp and I

  12. looks so delicious..:)

    Don’t forget to visit My Food Trip Friday wink*

  13. ahh another delectable meal!!looks really good!

  14. Our garden has an abundance of zucchini and this is a super wonderful way to use up some of them. Thanks for a great idea!

  15. Hi! Thanks for linking to Tasty Tuesday!! Just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring you next week, stop by and check it out and grab a button. http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

  16. Hi Lisa,
    What a great recipe! I wish I could get my family to eat zucchini!

    Your Lasagna was the most viewed recipe from last week's Melt in Your Mouth Monday!

    Come link up a new recipe when you have a chance!

  17. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to last weeks Menu Mondays! I'd like to invite you to come and share a recipe on this weeks recipe link up: http://myfaithandfamily.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/menu-mondays-creamy-crockpot-red-potatoes/

  18. Hi Lisa,
    What a wonderful Lasagna, it looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon. Hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen

  19. Hello! I found you through At Home With Haley’s Blog Hop. Lovin' your Lasagna recipe!
    Have a great day! Sherri
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  20. Hey!! Just wanted to let you know that I featured you in a post all about Zucchinis!! :)

  21. LOL! If you check out my pinterest recipes you'll see yourself all over the place! :o) More yumminess to try!


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