I am super proud of this recipe. It is by far, one of my absolute favorites. The funny thing is it came about because I had too much zucchini and lasagna in the fridge. That’s how I work, I’m creative with what I have on hand. I take it as a challenge and boy do I LOVE a challenge.
But I digress… back to the recipe.
This idea proves a little cheese goes a L-O-N-G way. You will feel like you are indulging in a sinful dinner when really you are eating a healthy satisfying meal that is super low in calories.
Here a few comments from the original posting of the recipe on my weight loss blog.
Kim – “I LOVED it and so did my 21 month old!"
Sandy – “I made this today, it was so good!! My daughter thought it was better than Lasagna with noodles!!"
Deb – “I literally just tried this & OMG !! It is amazing !!"
- About 2 cups Homemade sauce (or your favorite red sauce)
- 1 medium zucchini thinly sliced (I used the slice setting on my cheese grater)
- About 2-2 ½ cups cooked spaghetti squash
- ½ cup fat free ricotta cheese
- 3 oz fancy shredded mozzarella cheese
- Ground pepper
- Dried parsley flakes
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a casserole dish, smear a little of the sauce on the bottom to prevent sticking then begin layering zucchini, top with a bit of squash, dab on ricotta (I crumpled the best I can to cover the area), sprinkle with a bit of the shredded cheese, add some sauce repeat until you are out of ingredients.
This image shows my complete first layer. Notice I just dab the cheese and sauce. It will get your fingers dirty but it’s worth it in the end!
Repeat the layering until you are out of ingredients. Be sure the save a bit of mozzarella cheese for the top. If you use fancy shredded cheese it tends to go a bit further.
Sprinkle the top with some ground pepper and dried parsley. Bake uncovered for at about 45 minutes until zucchini is tender.
During the baking process there will be a lot of water, no pasta to soak it up. About every 10-15 minutes use a turkey baster to remove some excess water.
This recipe it even better double baked! You can easily make it ahead and then pop it back in the oven. Just like traditional lasagna, it’s better the next day!
You will be able to get 6 servings like the one pictured above.
Here are two shots, before and after baking.
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|6||1/6 of the lasagna as pictured|
|100||2g||2g||old: 2||new: 1|