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Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

Prep

1 hour

Cook

1 hour

Yield

8

I love a big lasagna. It’s filling, it’s comforting, and it’s the perfect meal to feed a crowd, your whole family, or just to make at the beginning of the week for easy, healthy leftovers all week. This zucchini lasagna recipe is a homemade masterpiece that puts a different, veggie-filled spin on your classic fav. 

Zucchini lasagna recipe in a casserole dish on a counter

Why you’ll love this zucchini lasagna recipe: 

  • Veggie Packed: A great dish to hide veggies into for those picky eaters in your family 
  • Perfect for a Crowd: This zuchini lasagna recipe will make 8 servings which makes it great for a crowd or your family 
  • Easy: It doesn’t get any easier than this and you’ll have it ready in just 2 hours

Slice of zucchini lasagna recipe being taken with a spatula

Ingredient Notes for this Zucchini Lasagna Recipe: 

Zucchini: Zucchini is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s also high in fiber and low in calories. You can also add any of your favorite vegetables-raw or sautéed to your lasagna!

Spices: I used a variety of classic dried and fresh spices here. If you don’t have fresh, you can use dried, but I always love fresh any day! If you want to spice this zucchini lasagna up, add dried chilies to your marinara sauce!

Cheese: The three amigos – parm, mozzarella, and ricotta! These are all used in this zucchini lasagna recipe but if you don’t have any of these on hand, you can experiment with different types of cheeses. However, for best results, stick to these three. 

Zucchini lasagna recipe on a plate

How do you make this zucchini lasagna recipe? 

  1. Preheat the oven to 385F, set aside a 9×13 sized casserole dish, and cover a baking sheet with tin foil. 
  2. In a large bowl, add the ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella, eggs, lemon, spices, and fresh herbs. Mix ingredients together until combined.
  3. Cut the ends off of the zucchini and using a peeler, slice thin strips on the long side. Place in a dish and set aside. 
  4. Grate the provolone and mozzarella cheese and set aside. 
  5. Prepare a baking sheet with a paper towel and set it aside. 
  6. To cook the lasagna sheets, boil a large pot with salted water. Add the pasta and cook until tender but not fully cooked. This will be approximately 3 – 4 minutes. Set cooked lasagna sheets onto the baking tray and arrange nicely by hand to keep the shape. Repeat steps until all lasagna sheets are cooked.
  7. To assemble the lasagna, pour a third of the marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish and spread evenly. On top, arrange a layer of lasagna sheets, covering the entire top. Transfer half of the ricotta cheese mixture and spread evenly on top of the pasta. Next, arrange the thin strips of zucchini to cover the top of the ricotta mixture. Repeat these steps. Add your second layer of zucchini, pour the last third of marinara sauce onto the top, and spread evenly. Cover the sauce layer with the grated mozzarella and provolone cheese. Prior to baking, cover the entire top of the casserole dish with a layer of tin foil, without pressing up against the cheese layer. 
  8. Bake the lasagna for 45 minutes with the baking tray on the rack underneath (to catch any dripping).
  9. After 45 minutes, carefully remove the tin foil and place it back into the oven for 15 – 25 minutes until the cheese is golden on top. 
  10. Allow zucchini lasagna to cool slightly, serve, and enjoy!

Slice of lasagna on a plate

Expert Tips & FAQ: 

How do you make this zucchini lasagna vegan? To make vegan, swap all cheese for your favorite plant-based substitutes and omit the eggs in the ricotta filling-adding a couple of tablespoons of nutritional yeast for that richer flavor!

Can I make this recipe in advance? Prepare your lasagna ahead of time, wrap tightly in plastic or tin foil and keep in the fridge 2 – 3 days prior to baking. Remember that the lasagna sheets will absorb some of the marinara sauce so be sure to add extra if you do this!

Can I freeze this recipe? You can freeze your unbaked lasagna as well, wrap tightly in plastic AND tin foil, keeping it for up to 1 month. Bake from frozen at 400F for 60 – 70 minutes. 

Storage: Store leftover lasagna in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days or freeze in portions for up to 1 month.

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Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Cuisine: Italian Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This easy, creamy, homemade zucchini recipe is a comforting dish that will feed your whole family.


Ingredients

Scale

Ricotta Cheese Filling:

1 cup parmesan cheese

2 cups mozzarella cheese

2 cups ricotta cheese

2 eggs

1 ½ tbsp fresh Italian parsley (chopped)

1 ½ tbsp fresh oregano (chopped)

1 ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice

4 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp salt

2 tsp black pepper

To assemble:

1 package lasagna sheets

2 ½3 cups prepared marinara sauce *see recipe

2 small/medium zucchinis

2 cups provolone cheese

2 cups mozzarella cheese


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 385F, set aside a 9×13 sized casserole dish, and cover a baking sheet with tin foil. 

In a large bowl, add the ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella, eggs, lemon, spices, and fresh herbs. Mix ingredients together until combined.

Cut the ends off of the zucchini and using a peeler, slice thin strips on the long side. Place in a dish and set aside. 

Grate the provolone and mozzarella cheese and set aside. 

Prepare a baking sheet with a paper towel and set it aside. 

To cook the lasagna sheets, boil a large pot with salted water. Add the pasta and cook until tender but not fully cooked. This will be approximately 3 – 4 minutes. Set cooked lasagna sheets onto the baking tray and arrange nicely by hand to keep the shape. Repeat steps until all lasagna sheets are cooked.

To assemble the lasagna, pour a third of the marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish and spread evenly. On top, arrange a layer of lasagna sheets, covering the entire top. Transfer half of the ricotta cheese mixture and spread evenly on top of the pasta. Next, arrange the thin strips of zucchini to cover the top of the ricotta mixture. Repeat these steps. Add your second layer of zucchini, pour the last third of marinara sauce onto the top, and spread evenly. Cover the sauce layer with the grated mozzarella and provolone cheese. Prior to baking, cover the entire top of the casserole dish with a layer of tin foil, without pressing up against the cheese layer. 

Bake the lasagna for 45 minutes with the baking tray on the rack underneath (to catch any dripping).

After 45 minutes, carefully remove the tin foil and place it back into the oven for 15 – 25 minutes until the cheese is golden on top. 

Allow to cool slightly, serve, and enjoy!


Notes

To make vegan, swap all cheese for your favorite plant-based substitutes and omit the eggs in the ricotta filling-adding a couple of tablespoons of nutritional yeast for that richer flavor!

Add any of your favorite vegetables-raw or sauteed to your lasagna!

Spice things up by adding dried chilies to your marinara sauce!

Prepare your lasagna ahead of time, wrap tightly in plastic or tin foil and keep in the fridge 2 – 3 days prior to baking. Remember that the lasagna sheets will absorb some of the marinara sauce so be sure to add extra if you do this!

You can freeze your unbaked lasagna as well, wrap tightly in plastic AND tin foil, keeping it for up to 1 month. Bake from frozen at 400F for 60 – 70 minutes. 

Store leftover lasagna in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days or freeze in portions for up to 1 month.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8
  • Calories: 413
  • Sugar: 5.6g
  • Sodium: 1891.9mg
  • Fat: 22.g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.1g
  • Fiber: 3.4g
  • Protein: 40.7g
  • Cholesterol: 119.9mg

Keywords: zucchini, creamy, easy, homemade

Arabella

One of my favorite dishes! Takes a little bit more time than other recipes or I’m just slow but it is worth it. I followed the recipe exactly as it is and wouldn’t change anything!

Maria Koutsogiannis

it’s so worth it!

Bailey

It did not surprise me at all, after two long mouth-watering hours, indeed SO GOOD! At this point, I don’t remember what cheeses I used, like you said just use what you have or can get!

Maria Koutsogiannis

so glad you enjoyed this, bailey!

Gia

Can’t wait to make this, these cheesy photos are driving me crazy!! I hope I can make it as crispy as you did!

Maria Koutsogiannis

you are going to love them!

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