Four-Cheese Zucchini Lasagna

A fresh-tasting variation on lasagna that delivers hearty flavour. A perfect way to use the zucchini that start turning up in grocery stores and farmers’ markets in fall.

  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cooking: 1 h 10 - 1 h 15
Yields 6 - 8 servings
four cheese zucchini lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 minced cloves garlic
  • 1 lb (450 g) extra-lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb (225 g) lean ground pork
  • 1 can (796 mL) diced tomatoes no salt added
  • 1 can (156 mL) tomato paste no salt added
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried basil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) Canadian Provolone shredded
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) Canadian Mozzarella shredded
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) Canadian Friulano shredded
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) Canadian Mild Cheddar shredded
  • 5 medium zucchini cut lengthwise, sliced thick

Preparation

In a skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Cook onion and garlic for 2 minutes. Add meat and cook for 5 minutes. Break up meat by stirring. Incorporate tomatoes, tomato paste and herb; add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and let simmer 30 minutes on medium-low heat.

Preheat oven to 425 °F (220 °C).

Mix the 4 shredded cheeses together in one bowl.

Spread out zucchini slices on baking sheets and cook in the oven for 12–15 minutes. Transfer to a colander and let drain for 5 minutes.

Cover bottom of a lasagna dish with meat sauce. Arrange zucchini slices slightly overlapped in a single layer. Top with meat sauce and cheese. Repeat layers: zucchini, meat sauce and top with cheese. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Tips

Choose extra-lean meat to avoid excess liquid and fat. The recipe can be easily frozen before or after cooking. If uncooked and frozen, cook at 325 °F (160 °C) for 1 hour 15 minutes; for precooked and frozen, cook 15 minutes less.

Cheese alternatives: Canadian Swiss cheese, Monterey Jack.

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Nutrition

Nutritional Information

per serving
Energy: 376 Calories
Protein: 30 g
Carbohydrate: 14 g
Fat: 23 g
Fibre: 3.4 g
Sodium: 338 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

 
(% DV*)
Calcium: 31 % / 346 mg
Vitamin B12: 89 %
Vitamin C: 61 %
Zinc: 59 %
Selenium: 47 %