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Zucchini Lasagna
By Serves 6

This meatless and gluten free recipe uses zucchini strips instead of noodles for a delicious all in one meal.

Prep Time: 20
Cook Time: 45

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  1. 1 large zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  2. ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  3. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  4. ¾ cup chopped onion (about 1 medium onion)
  5. 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  6. ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  7. ½ teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  8. teaspoon ground red pepper
  9. 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  10. 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  11. 1 cup (8 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  12. 1 × Cooking spray
  13. 2 ½ cups (10 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

You may also need:

A Pot, Aluminum Foil, Bowl, Butter Knife, Kitchen Knife, Oven, Refrigerator, Skillet, Spoon

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2:

Arrange zucchini slices in a single layer on several layers of paper towels. Sprinkle evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt; let stand 15 minutes.

Step 3:

Step 4:

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, oregano, red pepper, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 5:

Combine basil, ricotta, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl.

Step 6:

Spread 1/2 cup tomato mixture into the bottom of a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 4 zucchini slices over tomato mixture; top with ½ cup of ricotta mixture; cover with 4 more zucchini slices. Spread 1 cup tomato mixture over zucchini; repeat layering until zucchini are gone.

Step 7:

Top evenly with mozzarella. Cover with foil coated with cooking spray. (at this point freeze it and use it for a easy meal later. Let it thaw in refrigerator for 6 hours before baking)

Step 8:

Bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 25 minutes or until browned. Cool for 5 minutes.

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