ZUCCHINI LASAGNA | the best zucchini lasagna recipe

– When you have an abundance of zucchini, one of my favorite recipes to whip up is a zucchini lasagna. It’s a fresh take on the
classic comfort recipe that’s loaded with veggies, and it’s still got that fresh, rich flavor and scrumptious texture,
just the same as the classic, but it won’t weigh you down. If you watched my vegetable
sheet cutter video, you got a sneak peek of this recipe. But because I know many of
you don’t have that tool, I wanted to show you today how to make it with a mandoline or a vegetable peeler. This zucchini lasagna
recipe makes for a great weeknight meal to feed a large family. Or if you’re a party
of one or two, like me, you’ll have delicious
leftovers that you can freeze and enjoy for weeks to come. So let me show you how to make it. I’m starting with four large zucchini because I like a lot of
zucchini in my lasagna. But I do have a disclaimer, and it’s this. The more zucchini you use,
the more likely your lasagna will be a bit watery, as
zucchini is 95% water. Now, this doesn’t bother
me in the slightest, and there are a few ways that you can make zucchini less watery. If we go back to my
video where I showed you the vegetable sheet cutter, you can see that the zucchini was sliced pretty thin and laid down in a single
layer, which resulted in a less watery lasagna. So slicing your zucchini
thin is the first method. If you use a mandoline, you
can adjust the thickness of your slices as well to be as thick or thin as you’d like. My slices, which you’ll
see here in a second, are actually pretty thick, and I set them on the medium setting. To use the mandoline, slice
the ends off your zucchini, and then please, please
use a cut-resistant glove. Mandoline blades are extremely sharp, and I’ve sliced a divot
out of my thumb before, so I always use a glove now. Run your zucchini down the mandoline and slice each zucchini
into perfect slices. As you get towards the
end of the zucchini, do keep your fingers
up as much as possible. With the mandoline, you
can slice all four zucchini in just a minute our two,
and I’ll link this mandoline, which I’ve had for years and I love, in the description box below. If you don’t have a
mandoline, you could use a vegetable peeler or the straight blade on a julienne peeler as well. Just place the blade on
the end of the zucchini and pull it across. It’s not as fast or easy as the mandoline, but it definitely works if
this is what you’ve got. Now between those two options,
you can see the difference in thickness, and while I
prefer the thicker slices of zucchini, it’s totally up to you. In addition to slicing
your zucchini thinner, there are two other ways
to remove some of the water from zucchini, and the
first involves salt. So place your zucchini on a
large plate or baking tray, sprinkle it with a good amount of salt, and then let it sit for 15 minutes. The salt draws the moisture
out of the zucchini, which you can see beading on top. Blot the zucchini dry with a paper towel to remove that moisture,
and make sure to wipe off some of that excess salt as well. Another thing you can do
is grill the zucchini. If you grill it for one to
two minutes on each side, you’ll remove much of the moisture, and thus have a less
watery zucchini lasagna. Once you’ve grilled both sides, just place the zucchini on
a paper towel to blot dry. (gentle music) Once your zucchini are all
sliced, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
and add two pounds of ground beef to a large
saute pan on medium-high heat. Use a spatula to break down the meat, as you want lots of small, little pieces rather than large chunks. And cook it until it’s
browned and no longer pink. Add almost all of a 24-ounce
jar of pasta sauce to the meat, but reserve a half a
cup, as we’ll use that in the bottom of the casserole dish. Stir the sauce and meat together
until it’s well combined, then turn off the heat. Grate one cup of fresh
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and I do recommend freshly grated cheese rather than pre-grated if you can find it. I’m personally not a fan
of the anti-caking agents in pre-grated cheese, and the flavor is much fresher and tastes more authentic when you grate the cheese yourself. Next, you’ll grate about 1
1/2 cups of fresh mozzarella, and fresh mozzarella
is creamier and softer than processed grated
mozzarellas, which I love. In a large mixing bowl, add
15 ounces of ricotta cheese. And you can use whole milk or part-skim. Whole milk ricotta is richer and creamier, and part-skim will save
you a few calories, so it’s completely up to you. Then add one egg and some salt and pepper. Give that a stir to mix
everything together, then add your grated
Parmesan and stir it again. (gentle music) Next, you need a small handful
of fresh basil and parsley. And I’m thrilled to be
able to harvest these from my patio herb garden,
which has grown heaps in the last month. These bold herbs bring that traditional Italian flavor to the recipe. And you wanna just roughly chop them up. All right, now that our
individual ingredients are ready, we can assemble this lasagna. On the bottom, add that
half a cup of pasta sauce that you reserved, and use a large spoon to spread it around. This just ensures nothing
sticks to the bottom of the pan. Then add the zucchini. You can see that I’m overlapping
the zucchini by about half. You can do this as well, or
just lay them side by side if you’d like to use less. Our next layer is the meat sauce, so add half of what’s in your saute pan, and use your spatula to spread it out into a thin layer and pat it down. Then add half of the ricotta
mixture by just dolloping little bits, and use
the back of your spoon to spread this around as well. Add about a half a cup of
grated mozzarella on top, which is 1/3 of what we’ve grated, and sprinkle 1/3 of the herbs. Then we’ll repeat this
whole process again, so we’ll have two delicious
layers in our lasagna. Once the second layer of
zucchini is completely laid out, I do flatten it a bit with my hands just to make sure it’s fitting
nice and tight in the pan. Add the second layer of meat
sauce, the rest of the ricotta, another half a cup of mozzarella, and another sprinkling of herbs. (gentle music) The last layer is our top
layer, so add the zucchini, give it one last smush down to flatten, then add the last of your
herbs and mozzarella. (gentle music) Place the zucchini lasagna in the oven for about 40 to 45 minutes,
and it should be bubbling and smell amazing when it’s done. I also like to turn on the top broiler for about five minutes at the end to get a nice golden top. Before serving, add
fresh whole basil leaves for a beautiful presentation. And after you’ve sliced a
piece with a sharp knife, I recommend scooping it
out with a slotted spatula so any residual liquid stays in the pan. This zucchini lasagna
is hearty, flavorful, and definitely a family favorite, so I hope you enjoy it as well. (gentle music) If you’d like to see more
healthy casserole recipes, make sure to give this video a thumbs up. And I will see you guys
again in next week’s video. (gentle music)

100 thoughts on “ZUCCHINI LASAGNA | the best zucchini lasagna recipe

  1. You guys are gonna LOVE this recipe! I've been eating leftovers all week and I still can't get enough of it. Don't forget to tag me on Instagram when you make it – I'd love to see. Enjoy! xo – Lisa

  2. I have Hashimoto's and have been told to stay away from Dairy. Are some cheeses easier on the body than others? This looks amazing. I want to try it.

  3. I am sure this is delicious because this is almost exactly how I make my zucchini lasagna and it's always a hit. The next time I make this, I'll add the fresh herbs.

  4. I make something like this often! You can use lentils as a meat replacement. I normally skip meat and lentils entirely, using only a tomato sauce. (Lasagna soup is great with lentils!) I just slice zucchini or eggplant into rounds, no extra equipment and gently overlap into rows. I use an egg, parm and yogurt mix or a classic bechamel (flour, butter, milk- sometimes add cheese) as the cheese layer- it's more cost effective and soaks up the excess liquid. Just alternatives.

  5. Oh my gosh that looks divine. I haven’t ever placed fresh herbs in between the layers- such a great idea. Can’t wait to make this next week!

  6. I’m sensitive to squash and can’t eat it. I still watched this whole video 😂 looks fabulous!! And yay the herb garden looks amazing!

  7. This looks amazing!!! I’m not that good at cooking, but this seems pretty easy to make, I’ll give it a try!! Thanks for the inspiration (I need it when it comes to cooking 😂)

  8. Lisa this looks amazing and I'm always looking for things to make for me (mostly paleo) and our daughters who are both vegetarians. I think I'll sauté mushrooms for the "meat" sauce…but I have to ask, do you freeze it after it's baked? I'm having our daughters up to our mountain house for a girls weekend and this would be a perfect dish. I'd love to make it tomorrow for two weeks from now. .

  9. This looks absolutely amazing 😋 I love zucchini 😋I’m not a big fan of ricotta could I skip it or do you recommend a substitute

  10. Yeahhhh!!!!
    I have been waiting for this lasagna recipe!!🙌🏼🙌🏼
    Thank you very much @downshiftology you are the best! 🤗

  11. This zucchini lasagna looks absolutely delicious! Is this a freezer friendly recipe for leftovers? Thank you so much for sharing, I will definitely be giving it a try.

  12. Looks very delicious, great alternative for low carbohydrate dieet. Keep on going with creating these wonderful dishes, thanks for sharing.

  13. I make this but I put the ricotta and sauce on the zucchini and roll them up. Top with sauce and more cheese Thanks for sharing your tips

  14. I'm making this recipe now, can't wait for it to be done. I made a half recipe, and instead of a regular pan, I'm using a bread loaf pan. That way I can pile it up and not worry about it bubbling over. Thanks for this recipe!

  15. Hi! I loved your recipe so much 🙂 I'm definitely trying it soon. I have a question; how many calories does a serving of this have? sorry for my bad english 🙁 greetings from Venezuela.

  16. I've made this several times before with "my own recipe" lol but it's never looked this appetizing… will definitely incorporate your tips and tricks to mine next time! Including the fresh cheese and grate it myself with herbs and all. More veggie casseroles please 🙂

  17. Lisa, I have no idea how you do it, but any time you create a recipe it is absolutely perfect! I remember when I saw a broccoli-goat cheese-cranberries-sunflower seeds salad on your website for the first time I was pretty unsure about it. Now that's my favourite 🙃🥦

  18. Hi there, I am Italian and subscribed to your channel for quite a while. I must say, when I saw you are actually using the real Parmigiano… well my heart melted!! Way to go! Thank you so much!! Italy is doing its best to try to protect our best products, from the fake ones and it is not always that easy!

  19. Homemade tomato sauce is also More Healthy than to use a pot or other wise. The red coloured sauce we buy in the supermarked can cause you Cancer . There is no mark free of it in the tomato sauce,s. So a bit more work and not so red But healthy orange and more tastfull Fresh Tomato,s!!!

  20. Hi Lisa. Yes to more casserole recipes, please 🙂 We are moving in to autumn here in the UK so definitely going to be craving more warm, hearty meals. Thanks x

  21. Thank you for this easy dish. Looks so delicious and pretty! Roasting the zucchini planks will also dry them out. Just use the thicker slices.👍

  22. Thank you for the recipe. I was looking for low carbs or no carbs recipes. I use ground turkey, organic marinara sauce, I too use fresh parmesan & mozzarella. I replaced the ricotta with low-fat cottage cheese & I use herbs too.

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