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ZUCCHINI LASAGNA | the best zucchini lasagna recipe

September 11, 2019

– 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)


  • Reply Downshiftology September 7, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    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

  • Reply My Quaint Cottage September 7, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Great recipe. ?

  • Reply Stacy Hackney September 7, 2019 at 6:22 pm


  • Reply Wendy Kerrison September 7, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Another great video Lisa!! I apologise on behalf of the three “slip of the keyboard” thumbs down people. They clearly didn’t mean it ?

  • Reply T DB September 7, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Really fun video! Def gonna make this!

  • Reply Niki Szabo September 7, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Oh my, this looks delish!!! I'm already hungry. This gonna be my lunch menu for next week ?.

  • Reply Helene Slicker September 7, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Yes! More low carb casserole dishes please!

  • Reply Chloe M September 7, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    as always, looks incredible and my immediate reaction to everything you post is “wow i have to try this out” great video!!!

  • Reply Gail Bishop September 7, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you so much I really enjoy your videos! I’m on a return to health journey. I was laid off my job and got so depressed I have gained a lot of weight ( embarrassing). I would like any healthy advice or recipes in your videos. Winter is coming( I’m in Minnesota.. burr) and any healthy dishes are appreciated, because we tend to eat different when wintering and am worried I will gain more. I have lost about 25 lbs but still have about 50 to go. Thanks again

  • Reply Ceilih McGrady September 7, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    That looks amazing!

  • Reply Wioleta Klajnert September 7, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Definitely I'll make it! Just change ricotta for bechamel. There's no lasagne without bechamel for me ? is ricotta mixture a bit sour? I ate once lasagne with ricotta and was sour in taste ?

  • Reply Michelle Bennett September 7, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    I love how much information you give! These tips are great for people that are learning to cook. Looks delicious!

  • Reply araceli marshall September 7, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Looks so good~ever make fried zucchini fries?

  • Reply Enriqueta Ang September 7, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I will definitely try this recipe especially its gluten FREE 🙂

  • Reply Jan96106 September 7, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Looks delicious.

  • Reply Helen 49 September 7, 2019 at 9:01 pm


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  • Reply Floriane Lemoine September 7, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    That’s it, … i’m hungry ?
    The problem ? It’s 11PM in France….

  • Reply Klynn17 September 7, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    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.

  • Reply Elizabeth Coburn September 7, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Can’t wait to get my hands on some zucchini!

  • Reply April Escamilla September 7, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    ? Ooh la laa Yes! More casserole recipes please ?

  • Reply taccora September 7, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    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.

  • Reply Annette Ferguson September 7, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    That looks amazing!!

  • Reply Christy H September 7, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    I wonder if you could use eggplant. Looks so delicious

  • Reply jelly gonzalez September 7, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    My family loves this version of lasagna, except I use pepperoni.

  • Reply Kate September 7, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    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.

  • Reply Gwenaelle Léon September 7, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Looks delicious but I feel like there are 3 tons of fat (cheese + red meat) in this recipe.

  • Reply Holistic Leigh September 8, 2019 at 12:12 am

    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!

  • Reply KatCalico September 8, 2019 at 12:17 am

    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!

  • Reply Sew Much Like Mimi September 8, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Thank you so much! I watched the video this morning and made it for dinner. It was delicious!

  • Reply E. W. September 8, 2019 at 12:21 am

    This looks amazing. I’m going to make it but sub brown lentils for the beef ✨

  • Reply noor hh September 8, 2019 at 1:15 am

    i love u v much i hope watch u every day sis.
    عاشت ايدج

  • Reply Susan T. Springer September 8, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Looks amazing – will try this fall! So glad you like cheese and herbs as much as I do!

  • Reply Clean Casa September 8, 2019 at 1:24 am

    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 ?)

  • Reply Alex McGinness September 8, 2019 at 1:31 am

    I’m not a huge fan of ricotta. Any suggestions for a substitute?

  • Reply BeccHorton September 8, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Yum! Yes, more casserole recipes please!

  • Reply izspots September 8, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Looks amazing, going to give this a try!

  • Reply Nicki Dee September 8, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Looks so delicious Yum

  • Reply vindab06 September 8, 2019 at 3:03 am

    This looks amazing!!!

  • Reply Daisy Girl September 8, 2019 at 3:37 am

    ❤️ I love Rao’s ❤️

  • Reply polly September 8, 2019 at 4:29 am

    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. .

  • Reply Ciliawillia September 8, 2019 at 4:51 am

    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

  • Reply Malena Espino September 8, 2019 at 5:28 am

    I have been waiting for this lasagna recipe!!????
    Thank you very much @downshiftology you are the best! ?

  • Reply Bethany's World September 8, 2019 at 6:54 am

    So yum.

  • Reply Morganology September 8, 2019 at 7:12 am

    That looks so delicious

  • Reply Karen Williams September 8, 2019 at 7:23 am

    ?That looked yummy, beautiful. Thank you Lisa always for sharing your wonderful recipes. And great advise?

  • Reply Dunia Aw Ali September 8, 2019 at 7:33 am

    More keto friendly recipes ??

  • Reply JHolidayB September 8, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Lovely Lasagna Lisa!!!

  • Reply LifestyleWithAndrea September 8, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Amazing recipe! ??

  • Reply faisal1979m September 8, 2019 at 8:39 am

    I’m fasting it looks mouth watering ???

  • Reply Shanti Puruhita September 8, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Can i use eggplants?

  • Reply Sanja Dizdarević September 8, 2019 at 11:21 am

    You are really an amazing woman. Looove your videos!

  • Reply April Buckland September 8, 2019 at 11:39 am

    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.

  • Reply Cin Chan September 8, 2019 at 12:21 pm

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

  • Reply Debrah Warner September 8, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Lisa, this looks so delicious! And I believe it fits well in the Bright Line Eating way of live. 🙂

  • Reply Cheryl Findeisen September 8, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    This looks amazing!! We were talking about having lasagna this week….so perfect timing!

  • Reply T Can September 8, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    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

  • Reply Shakina Riley September 8, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Wow yummy

  • Reply mariam kamal September 8, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Looks delicious and elegant. I think i can make it with eggplant.

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  • Reply Laurie Fraser September 8, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Looks simply amazing!! I need a mandolin!!!

  • Reply nives7kelvin September 8, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Cheese paradise… <3

  • Reply Kevin Decoteau September 8, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    really like the quality of products you use.

  • Reply Calabrone September 8, 2019 at 9:12 pm


  • Reply Marilyn September 9, 2019 at 1:00 am

    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!

  • Reply SarahRabbit September 9, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Can’t wait to make this!! I bet grilling the first zucchini adds a lot of great flavor!

  • Reply Healthy Home Cooking September 9, 2019 at 2:03 am

    This looks fantastic and wonderfully LCHF. I’m definitely making it soon!

  • Reply Fluffy September 9, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Fabolous as usual. Thank you.?

  • Reply areeba mohsen September 9, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I needed this in my life. Thank you!!

  • Reply Sara Gòmez September 9, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    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.

  • Reply Diana Yanel September 9, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    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 🙂

  • Reply Christine Boyce September 9, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    My Italian mother-in-law added grated nutmeg to her ricotta. Just another flavor suggestion.

  • Reply chris brennan September 9, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    That looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing. Hope you had a wonderful Birthday.

  • Reply Anwar A September 9, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Wow, huge love for this recipe. Thank you very much

  • Reply Lynn Claessen September 9, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    All of your videos are so satisfying to watch. Thank you so much for creating such great content

  • Reply Darya Benzik September 9, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    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 ??

  • Reply andromacha September 9, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    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!

  • Reply gliza x3 September 9, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I often make eggplant lasagna with quinoa instead of meat and its delishh.

  • Reply angelbrynner September 9, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    this isctechnically keto, isn't it?

  • Reply Jessica Davis September 9, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Love your channel Lisa! Cannot wait to try this, looks amazing!

  • Reply Roni Creates September 10, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Do you have an ingredient list to print?

  • Reply audrey soriano September 10, 2019 at 3:32 am

    great recipe, bravo

  • Reply Emily Dommer September 10, 2019 at 4:08 am

    This looks delicious!

  • Reply I Choose My Eternity Now September 10, 2019 at 5:04 am

    You should be using a veggie holder when you slice usually comes with the cutter

  • Reply Moat Cottage Homesteading September 10, 2019 at 6:03 am

    I love your patio herb garden Lisa, everyone can grow some of their own food ?
    This is looks delicious

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  • Reply Donnie P. September 10, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Do glad I found your channel. It’s very informative and I love the b-roll footage that accompanies the instructions.

  • Reply Jim and Jessica Olson September 10, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Oh my gosh! This looks so good.

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  • Reply Lizard Stauss September 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Tried this. Its amazing! It goes to show that lasagna is more about the cheese then the noodles. Thanks Lisa!

  • Reply Oum Ouma September 10, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    السلام اشكرك ، اتقان في العمل والنظام* bravo

  • Reply Erin Jones September 10, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    ~ Thank you!!

  • Reply magicbean1974 September 11, 2019 at 1:53 am

    I can't wait to try this recipe it looks so good

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  • Reply Soraya Morales September 11, 2019 at 4:02 am

    Delicious, I like it ?

  • Reply riti priya September 11, 2019 at 5:12 am

    We're did u bought it salt container?

  • Reply Neema Lema September 11, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Awesomeness is what your detailed videos are?.

  • Reply Daisy September 11, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Def loved this recipe! Will be cooking it this weekend.

  • Reply Lydia Veldhuizen September 11, 2019 at 7:53 am

    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!!!

  • Reply WIT September 11, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Looks sooo gooood

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