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Best Zucchini Lasagna – without Noodles!

Best Zucchini Lasagna ~ is a lasagna that is made without lasagna noodles! Instead, it’s packed with thin slices of zucchini, fresh ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and low fat cheese.  If you’ve never had a zucchini lasagna before, you’re in for a real treat!  Zucchini makes this lasagna low-carb, gluten-free and a definite crowd-pleaser!
We think our mom makes the best Zucchini Lasagna in the world! And we have been eating hers for years, but since some of us are on weight watchers, we decided to take her recipe down a notch, making it completely lighter in calories and fat, and much easier to make than hers.

We’re very excited to share this recipe and show you step-by-step this zucchini lasagna we think you will love!

Also, if she knew we were doing this, she would think we were crazy or something, speaking to us in her adorable Neapolitan accent, she’d say “then-a its-a nota de same” as she always claims.

For one thing, we lightened her recipe by roasting the zucchini instead of frying. Then we made a very quick and light tomato sauce using fresh ripe tomatoes and cooking them quickly on stove top with some olive oil, garlic and red pepper.  Plus, we reduced the amount of cheese she uses as well as using low-fat mozzarella cheese.

Also, this is a lasagna that doesn’t require a lot of sauce.  If you add too much sauce, it will give you a “soupy” effect, because it doesn’t contain pasta noodles, or any meat to absorb some of the sauce.  So the saying goes, “less is more”- especially with this lasagna.

This zucchini lasagna always turns out great! Every time we make it! It’s no wonder why there never seems to be leftovers when we make it.

A perfect vegetable lasagna to serve as the main course, especially on those meatless meals nights!

 
Here’s a Tip:  Double the recipe and make a second one to freeze for a later time.  Then remove from your freezer in the morning, and allow to defrost slowly on the counter, when you return from work, place into the oven and bake it.


BEST ucchini Lasagna- without Noodles!

  • 5 to 6 medium zucchini -lightly scrape skins off 
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 large garlic cloves -thinly sliced
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes -thinly sliced
  • 6 large fresh basil leaves
  • 6 Tbsp. shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 8 ounces low-fat shredded mozzarella, divided
  • some table salt
  • olive oil cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray with cooking oil  2 large baking trays and set aside.

Slice zucchini lengthwise about 1/4 inch thick, and spread slices onto each tray.
Lightly sprinkle over them with some table salt and put them into the reheated oven.
Roast zucchini for 15 minutes, until they are tender.  Remove from oven. Set aside to cool.

In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet and sauté garlic for a few minutes, until golden brown.  Add pepper flakes and the basil and sauté for about 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes and 1/8 teaspoon of salt.  Cover and simmer on low heat for about 8 to 10 minutes. Turn off heat.

Spray the bottom and sides of a 11 x 7 or 12 x 8 rectangular baking dish with some cooking spray.
Layer with zucchini slices, side by side on the bottom of your baking dish.
Spread one third of the tomato sauce over the zucchini.  Should be a thin layer of sauce.

Scatter 2 tablespoons of shredded parmigiano cheese over the tomatoes.

Add a 2nd layer with zucchini slices, side by side to cover evenly over the first layer.
Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce over them.
Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of shredded parmigiano cheese.
Scatter 4 ounces of mozzarella on top.

Repeat the process for the 3rd layer of zucchini.
Add the remaining sauce, parmigiano cheese and mozzarella on top.

Cover with foil wrap and Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Uncover and bake for additional 10 minutes, until all the cheese has melted.

Yields: 8 Servings
  
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18 Comments

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    Asmita
    June 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    This looks so healthy and delicious!!!

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    Stanley Wilhelm
    June 26, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Yummy

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    AdriBarr
    September 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    What a fabulous idea, and what a great idea to roast the zucchini rather than to saute it. I bet you get a greater depth of flavor that way. This looks great! Bravissime!

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    Marcellina In Cucina
    September 7, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Looks delicious!

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      annaliz
      September 8, 2013 at 12:00 am

      Welcome Marcellina! Thank you for stopping by and we're happy to meet you!

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    Val
    February 25, 2014 at 1:57 am

    The Italian in me loves your blog so much!!! What an awesome recipe.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Sorry I've missed so much – what a busy week I've had. I love this recipe and tried something similar last year. Cheesy deliciousness!

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      Tricia Buice
      August 18, 2014 at 12:54 am

      Hope everything is going great with the new grand baby – enjoy your time with family 🙂 Many blessings!

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    Roz Corieri Paige
    February 28, 2014 at 12:51 am

    A healthier, lighter, yet bursting-with-flavor lasagna! This is awesome! Thank you for sharing this recipe for those of us who struggle with our weight and yet want to eat delicious Italian food! Pinning!
    xo
    Roz

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      annaliz
      February 28, 2014 at 2:49 am

      Thank you Roz, this one is a winner and we make it often. I even make it with eggplant but haven't post it yet. Have a great weekend!

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    Rosita Vargas
    March 5, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Se ve absolutamente delicioso una exquisitez muy buena receta saludable,abrazos.

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      annaliz
      March 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Muchas Gracias! Estoy agradecida!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    August 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I am so ready to dig in! This sounds wonderful and I love the fresh tomato sauce as mine are finally ripening 😉

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    Mary
    August 17, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    looks wonderful! love the use of the zucchini – looks delicious!
    Mary

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    Sandra
    December 13, 2016 at 6:09 am

    This is just up my street! A definite one to try! Thank you!

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    annaliz
    December 13, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    You're welcome! Have a great day!!

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