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Vegetable Ragu Zucchini Lasagna

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 6

This meatless lasagna gets hefty texture and bold flavor from a veggie-packed ragu and layers of zucchini "noodles." ...MORE+ LESS-

Tieghan Gerard Tieghan Gerard
September 20, 2016

Ingredients

2
tablespoons olive oil
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
1/2
of a small white onion, chopped
1
red bell pepper, chopped
4
cups fresh spinach
1
jar Muir Glen™ organic pasta sauce (any variety)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
3
medium zucchini
1
container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1
egg
4
cups shredded fresh mozzarella cheese (16 oz)
Fresh basil, as desired

Steps

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  • 1
    In 10-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Cook garlic and onion in oil about 5 minutes or until soft. Add bell pepper; cook 5 minutes. Add spinach; cook until spinach is wilted. Stir in pasta sauce, salt and pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until thickened.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, cut zucchini into 1/8-inch slices using knife or mandolin. Sprinkle zucchini with salt; set aside 10 minutes. Zucchini has a lot of water when cooked; salting it takes out a lot of moisture. Blot off excess moisture with paper towel.
  • 3
    Heat gas or charcoal grill. Place zucchini on grill over high heat. Cover grill; cook until lightly charred on both sides. Again, use a paper towel to blot excess moisture.
  • 4
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 5
    In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and egg.
  • 6
    Spread some of the red sauce in bottom of baking dish; layer with enough zucchini to cover. Next, spread with half of the ricotta cheese mixture; top with half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers until ingredients are used up, making sure to top off with sauce and mozzarella. Cover with foil.
  • 7
    Bake about 45 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving. Top with fresh basil.

Expert Tips

  • You want the sauce to be thick and not at all watery.
  • To make a heartier lasagna, just add 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey to the sauce mixture.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
510
Calories from Fat
290
% Daily Value
Total Fat
32g
49%
Saturated Fat
14g
72%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
105mg
35%
Sodium
1000mg
41%
Potassium
620mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Sugars
10g
Protein
33g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
90%
90%
Vitamin C
40%
40%
Calcium
80%
80%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 1/2 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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