In 2018, I posted a recipe for zucchini noodles. Since then, my husband has replaced my very old and, sadly, very broken Cuisinart food processor for a new Cuisinart with a dicer and spiralizer! Lucky me! I have been having fun using the dicer and spiralizer.
While I use this fun kitchen gadget for this recipe, don’t worry—you don’t need this product to make this delicious dish. For this zucchini lasagna recipe, I used a mandolin slicer. If you don’t have a mandolin, you could even use a peeler or slice your zucchini lengthwise into thin slices using a large, sharp knife.
A few weeks ago, my Misfits Market box included gigantic zucchinis! I was so excited to put my mandolin and Cuisinart spiralizer to work. I hope you will enjoy the next few recipes, inspired by my fun new kitchen tools, as well. For now, enjoy my zucchini lasagna!
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- 4 Large zucchini
- 1 pound Beyond Beef, Impossible Burgers If you are not vegan or vegetarian, use ground beef.
- 24 oz. Pasta or marinara sauce
- 16 oz. Ricotta cheese Non-dairy or cashew (or tofu) ricotta, recipe included.
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese Non-dairy, Healthy Heart Brand is my choice.
- 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella Non-dairy, Violife is my choice for vegan mozzarella.
- 1 large Egg Replace with Just Eggs or substitute if you do not eat eggs.
- Salt and pepper To taste.
- Fresh parsley and basil Small bunch, chopped.
- 1 medium Sweet onion, diced
- 1 cup Mushrooms, chopped Optional.
- 2 Tbsp. Vegetable broth More if needed to sauté onions.
Cashew Ricotta Cheese
- 1 1/2 cup Cashews, raw Soaked, or make tofu ricotta if you are allergic to nuts.
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1-2 Tbsp. Nutritional yeast
- 1 clove Garlic Or 1/2-1 tsp. of minced garlic.
- 1/2 tsp. Onion powder
- Lemon juice Juice of one lemon or one Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar.
- Himalayan sea salt & cracked pepper To taste.
- Preheat the oven to 400º F.
- Slice the zucchini lengthwise as thin or thick as you'd like. Set aside. Salt the zucchini and let it sit for a few minutes. The salt brings out some of the moisture of the zucchini. Pat dry with paper towels.
- Sauté onions in a fry pan until translucent using olive oil or a little veggie broth.
- Add the plant-based meat (or ground beef) to the pan. Mix with the onions over medium-high heat. Break down into fine pieces with a spatula. Pan-cook until browned and no longer pink.
- If you are adding chopped mushrooms, add them now. Mix well with meat and onions and simmer for about five minutes.
- Pour the marinara sauce on top of the beef (reserve 1/2 cup) and stir together, then remove from heat.
- In a medium bowl, make the non-dairy cashew ricotta (recipe provided) or use a dairy version. Stir the ricotta cheese of your choice, parmesan, egg, and salt and pepper together.
- Spread 1/2 cup of marinara sauce into the bottom of your 9x13" casserole dish.
- Add your zucchini slices on top of the sauce. They can overlap, or you can place them side-by-side.
- Top the zucchini with 1/2 of the meat sauce and evenly spread 1/2 the ricotta mix on top of that.
- Add 1/2 cup of grated mozzarella over the ricotta, along with a sprinkle of chopped parsley and basil.
- Repeat to create the same layers one more time.
- Top the lasagna with a final layer of zucchini slices, ricotta cheese, a sprinkle of chopped parsley and basil, and the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
- Place the lasagna in the oven and cook for 40-45 minutes. Broil for a couple of minutes at the end to get a nice, golden top.
- Garnish with basil leaves, whole or chopped, and serve.
Cashew Ricotta Cheese
- Soak cashews prior to beginning the ricotta. Soaking can be done in several ways: 1) Soak nuts in tepid water for 2 hours. Make sure they are covered completely with at least two inches above the top of the nuts as they will swell when soaked.2) You can soak the cashews in hot water instead for five minutes for a quicker method.
- Drain and blend the cashews and all remaining ingredients using a food processor or blender. Process until creamy and smooth, stopping frequently to scrape down the sides.
- Once the cashew ricotta is well-blended, follow the layering process as indicated above.
- This recipe makes approximately two cups of cashew ricotta. Can be used in other dishes or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five or six days.