Zucchini Lasagna Sans Noodles
Andy Anderson !
This dish combined with a quick tomato sauce provides an excellent dinner for a nice cozy evening.
I find as the weather turns cooler, I do things to warm the sauce up a bit... like adding a pinch of Cayenne pepper.
Don't forget a loaf of rustic bread, and butter to complete the meal... enjoy.
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Guests are going to love this lasagna when you have them over for dinner. The fabulous flavors in this recipe will have your meat-loving friends asking for seconds! The Test Kitchen
QUICK TOMATO SAUCE
1 Tbspolive oil, extra virgin
1/2 mediumyellow onion, small dice
2 clovegarlic, minced
1/8 tspcrushed red pepper flakes
14 oztomato sauce (fresh if you have it)
1 Tbspsmall capers, drained
1/2 tspsalt, kosher variety
1 lbcottage cheese, large curd
1 cparmesan cheese, finely grated (to be used as a topping after cooking)
1/2 tspsalt, kosher variety
1/4 tspblack pepper, freshly ground
1 1/2 lbzucchini
3 Tbspolive oil, extra virgin
1 1/2 lbwhite button mushrooms
·kosher salt, to taste
·black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
10 ozartichoke hearts, frozen or canned
1 Tbspflour, all purpose variety (or arrow root powder)
4 cmozzarella cheese, whole milk, freshly shredded
1 largetomato... your choice
How to Make Zucchini Lasagna Sans Noodles
- I love a good homemade lasagna, and I was taught by best... My Aunt Josephine Batali. She was born and raised in Naples, and she definitely knew her way around a kitchen.
When I was a lad of nine or ten, I would go with her to the South Chicago farmer's markets, and she would be thumping and sniffing all the great veggies.
She had an expression that every time she said it she would laugh:
Never Trust a Skinny Chef...
Since she was as thin as a rail, my nine-year-old brain didn't get that she was trying to be funny... I get it now, and I'm laughing with you. I hope you're looking down and smiling.
- ZUCCHINI LASAGNA
Cut the ends off the zucchini, and slice into 1/4-inch strips (lengthwise).
Rough chop the artichokes and put into a colander to drain any excess liquid.
Remove the cottage cheese from the container, and place on several paper towels to remove any additional liquid.
Slice the tomato into 6 thin slices, and lay on paper towel to drain.
Chef's Note: We're doing a lot of draining here, I know; however, it's an essential step.
- Place the zucchini slices in a single layer on 2 baking sheets, and roast in a preheated 375f (190c) oven for about 15 minutes.
Chef's Note: If you don't have two baking sheets, just do them in two batches.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Chef's Tip: If you don't have a mandolin, you might want explore getting one. Japanese mandolins are not that expensive, and they make short work out evenly slicing just about any kind of veggie.
They come in all sizes and shapes; however, I would recommend one with different cutting blades, and adjustable depth.
- Remove the stems from the mushrooms, and thinly slice.
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a large frying pan, and then heat over medium heat until shimmering.
Add half the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and cook until golden brown, about 4 to 7 minutes.
Chef's Note: During this process stir as little as possible.
Remove the mushrooms from the pan, and reserve in a large prep bowl.
Repeat the process, adding 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan, and then cook and reserve the remaining mushrooms.
- Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan, heat over medium heat until shimmering.
Add the artichokes, and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 4 to 7 minutes.
- Add the artichokes to the the mushrooms, add the flour, or arrowroot powder, and then toss until all the veggies are evenly coated.
- Add 1 1/4 cups of the sauce to the mushroom-artichoke mixture and toss to evenly coat.
Then spread the remaining tomato sauce in a thin layer over the bottom of a 13-by-9-inch baking dish.
- Scatter a quarter of the mushroom, artichoke mixture over the sauce in an even layer.
Then, carefully place a quarter of the zucchini slices in a single layer over the mixture.
Add about a third of the cottage cheese evenly over the top.
Finally, sprinkle a quarter of the mozzarella over the cottage cheese filling.
- Make two more layers:
- The final layer should be:
mushroom, artichoke mixture
Add the six slices of tomato over the top of the mozzarella.
- Bake uncovered in the preheated oven, until the sauce is bubbling around the edges and the top is browned. This should take about 40 minutes. If after this it still needs a bit of browning, you can set the temp up to 400f, and bake an additional 10 minutes
Let cool on a wire rack for about 30 minutes before slicing. Place the Parmesan cheese in a bowl, and allow your guests to add some at the table. Enjoy.